To get a better understanding of the Kentucky Derby, a great place to start horse racing appreciation is at the Kentucky Derby Museum located next to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
This museum gives guests of all ages a great overview of what to expect on Derby Day.
Did you know that the Kentucky Derby is the longest continuously-running sporting event in the country?
The first Derby dates back to 1875!
Learn About All Things Derby
The museum focuses on the many facets that relate to the Kentucky Derby.
You’ll learn more about the jockeys, the Thoroughbreds that run at speeds over 40 miles per hour, and the racing traditions that make Derby Day a celebration embraced by people around the world.
The Kentucky Derby Museum helps you understand the history of the longest-running continuous sporting event in the United States. The Kentucky Derby began on May 17, 1875, and has been thrilling race fans for generations.
Kentucky Derby Fashion
A big part of the Kentucky Derby is the fashion. The fashion of attendees at the Kentucky Derby is almost another event in itself.
The museum shows you Derby fashion trends throughout the years that are unique works of wearable art.
Kentucky Derby Hats
The hats displayed on Derby Day are extremely creative!
Get inspired by the displays with Derby Day hats from previous attendees over the years with styles ranging from classic to the outrageous.
Learn About Jockey Silks
Not to be left out, the jockeys also have some pretty incredible bold designs for their silks representing their horse racing team.
Infield Culture on Derby Day
At the museum, you will learn about the infield culture on Derby Day that is WAY wilder than any of the traditional coverage that you typically see on tv.
You can get a taste of the fun by creating a fun photo op with all of the props.
Interactive Exhibits at the Kentucky Derby Museum
Make sure that you allow time to watch “The Greatest Race.” It’s an 18 minute, 360-degree high-definition film that presents the history of horse racing in an immersive way that allows viewers to feel like you’re a part of the history as you watch it unfold.
The film is presented daily, 10 minutes after the hour, every hour so plan accordingly during your visit.
Kids will enjoy dressing up like a jockey and the interactive games and displays that are fun for both adults and kids alike.
Take the Historic Walking Tour
A historic walking tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack is also included with the cost of admission.
This tour is a must! During the tour you’ll learn more about the history of the venue, important figures and horses that were previous Derby winners.
Make sure that you have your camera or cell phone ready to take pictures because you even have an opportunity to see the race track from a rail side vantage point.
Specialty Tours From Churchill Downs and the Museum
There are several speciality tours available to choose from that can enhance your visit even more.
If you book your tickets online in advance you have a greater chance of getting your preferred time and day. Some of the tours are onsite at Churchill Downs and others are offsite.
- Historic Walking Tour
- Derby Season Tours
- Special Access Tours
- Black Heritage Tours
- Horse Themed Tours
- Bourbon Themed Tours
Where is the Kentucky Derby Museum Located?
The Kentucky Derby Museum is located at 704 Central Ave.,Louisville, KY, only 10 minutes from downtown Louisville.
Free parking is available on the premise for museum guests year-round and is located next to Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby Museum is a great way to deepen your knowledge of all things Kentucky Derby. You can find out more about the Kentucky Derby Museum from their website.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary admission for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
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