Hats off to the Kentucky Derby : GoToLouisville.com Official Travel Source

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April 27th

Hats off to the Kentucky Derby

  • Admission: Free
  • Location: Galt House West Tower Third Floor
  • 140 North Fourth St
  • Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Hats off to the Kentucky Derby

recurring event

Have you ever thought about a hat?  It keeps our heads warm or the sun off. It’s an undervalued piece of apparel until we need it. And then we frantically search for it! Defined by Webster’s Dictionary, a hat is “a covering for the head usually having a shaped crown and brim; a distinctive head covering worn as a symbol of office.” But let’s go a step further… do you think about hat fashion? Probably not… until …The first weekend in May when the eyes of the world are focused on the humble hat during the greatest 2 minutes in sports. Large, small, extravagant, or modest, for the 146 years the lowly hat has evolved into the focal point of the Kentucky Derby … sometimes eclipsing the race itself.

Exhibit Highlights

  • Twenty four hats representing nearly 15 decades of the Derby hat
  • A self-guided tour through the Galt House’s Artist in Residence Studio
  • Period accessories from everyday horse racing fans to royalty and celebrities

Upcoming Dates For This Event:

  • Wednesday, April 28
  • Thursday, April 29
  • Friday, April 30
  • Saturday, May 1
  • Sunday, May 2