Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of our guests & staff, the Museum is restricted to smaller tour sizes. Our Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs is complimentary with admission but fills up quickly. If possible, please allow additional time for your visit and arrive early to place your name on the tour list. We appreciate your patience and look forward to your visit!
This is your chance to see Thoroughbreds working out at Churchill Downs, with exercise riders and trainers watching with a close eye! Set your alarm to wake up early because this tour begins at 7:30 am. On your way to the Museum, head to the nearby Starbucks drive through for a cup of jo. Your tour guide will meet you in the Museum lobby.
Shop our sizzling summer clearance sale in store and online! Select items are 30%-75% off! In addition, receive FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more!
Our Derby Museum Gift Shop offers the limited-edition, 21st anniversary 2020 Woodford Reserve Derby bottle featuring the work of Louisville artist Richard Sullivan, a former Atlanta Braves baseball player. You can purchase online and pick up in-store, or take advantage of our curbside pickup.
Enjoy lunch on our covered outdoor terrace next to historic Churchill Downs. We offer sandwiches, soups, salads, fresh fruit, and Kentucky favorites like burgoo and our own version of the Hot Brown. Finish your lunch with the one and only Derby Pie and an ice cold Mint Julep from our bar, an official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail!
We are excited to announce the opening date for Right to Ride, a new exhibit highlighting the careers of the female pioneers in the horseracing industry.
Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen stated, "Our team is united in holding the best Kentucky Derby ever and certainly the most unique in any of our lifetimes. While we are always respectful of the time-honored traditions of the Kentucky Derby, our company's true legacy is one of resilience and embracing of change and unshakable resolve.”
We recognize the deep anguish felt in our city and across the nation. We commit to continue sharing the stories of African Americans who have impacted the racing industry. Kentucky Derby Museum stands together with our community against racism. May we all seek to be a positive light for Louisville and the world.
Excellent visit to Kentucky Derby Museum! The staff were excellent, the tour was great, the movie is awesome. We just did the tour included with admission. I was very impressed with the cleanliness procedures during Corona. Staff were seen cleaning the seats after the movie, door handles, and stylus pens were provided to touch interactive exhibits. Kudos to all!