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Kentucky Derby Museum General Admission Ticket

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Discover the history and heritage of the Kentucky Derby with admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs Racetrack. Explore two levels of exhibits on a self-guided tour, then take a 30-minute, guided walking tour of the Churchill Down Racetrack.
  • Admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Guided racetrack tour
  • Family friendly
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

What To Expect

Make your way to the Kentucky Derby Museum at the Churchill Downs Racetrack, where you can present your voucher for admission to the museum and grounds. Follow the history and culture of the derby at your own pace: exhibits include trophies and artifacts from some of the Kentucky Derby’s greatest winners, a selfie-ready reproduction of the ‘Winners Circle,’ and an 18-minute, 360-degree, immersive movie about the Kentucky Derby called ‘The Greatest Race.’

At 30 minutes past the hour, you’ll have the chance to join a guided walking tour of the Churchill Downs racetrack. Follow a guide through the track where racing’s most famous jockeys have ridden horses such as Secretariat, Barbaro, Big Brown, California Chrome, and American Pharaoh to big, memorable wins.

Adjacent to the Kentucky Derby Museum are the Finish Line Gift Shop and the Derby Café, which celebrates the derby with Kentucky fare like mint juleps and hot browns.

Kentucky Derby Museum

Located in Louisville, the Kentucky Derby is one of America’s most exciting horse racing events in the world and takes place at Churchill Downs Racetrack. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" because of the actual duration of the race.  Some like to call the race "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the Derby winner. When you visit, you will enjoy a self-guided tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum, which includes two levels of family-friendly interactive permanent & temporary exhibits.  Ten minutes past each hour, you will have the opportunity to see "The Greatest Race," an 18-minute movie about the Kentucky Derby and its history, a story that puts you right in the heart of the first Saturday of May.  Immediately following "The Greatest Race" and at 30-minutes past every hour, you will experience an exhilarating 30-minute guided walking tour of historic Churchill Downs Racetrack and witness where some of the most famous teams of jockeys and Thoroughbreds competed such as Secretariat, Barbaro, Big Brown, California Chrome and the most recent Triple Crown winner in 2015- American Pharoah. 

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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved if you choose to enjoy the historic walking tour of Churchill Downs
  • Wheelchair accessible: Free wheelchair rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis upon request. You are welcome to bring your own manual wheelchair, motorized wheelchair or electric mobility scooter.
  • An induction loop is available for hearing impaired.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Parking is available in front of the Museum. On race days during the Churchill Downs Racetrack events, there will be a charge for parking in this lot.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Kentucky Derby Museum General Admission Ticket?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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All but the Paddicks
Donald_Z, Aug 2022
The video of the history was awesome. The horse graves of the Derby winners was also pretty nice. Too bad the paddocks were under construction. That was a bummer.
Great day!
Annie_F, Aug 2022
I truly enjoyed learning more about the history of Churchill Downs and all the amazing horses. The museum taught me about the jockeys as well. It is very well maintained and a wonderful place to visit.
Churchhill downs
Anonymous, Jul 2022
I was very impressed with the whole of the exhibits they were very informative and the history was amazing..
Absolutely breath taking!!
LEILANI_R, Jul 2022
Just pulling up in front of it. That gave me tears. Have been wanting to come here since I was.young.
Excellent experience.
JohnDavid_M, Jul 2022
Loved the movie. Our tour guide was excellent. Fun to learn about the back lot. The end, the end, the end.
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Fran_L, Jul 2022
Group was to large making it difficult to hear the tour guide. It was the people that were talking and not listening. Movie was good and displays were nice. Would have been better to actually see a real race horse
Churchill Downs
linda_s, Jul 2022
Great history of the horses & jockeys along with the owners Lots of interesting facts A must see is the movie
Trip cancelled due to weather. Seeking a refund
Debbie_A, Jul 2022
Canceled due to weather seeking a refund please . Manager at Churchill said to contact you. Debbie allen
The video and Watching a...
Kathleen_C, Jul 2022
The video and Watching a horse race. Seeing the inside of the track was very fun for someone who has only seen horse racing on television!
Cirila_P, Jul 2022
The tour guide was amazing and very informative. We loved seeing the race. And learning the history behind the Kentucky Derby. Everything was clean and well maintained.
Super tour. And got to...
Amy_B, Jun 2022
Super tour. And got to see a race as a bonus. Leslie, our tour guide was knowledgeable and great with the public.
Interesting facts and history
Gail_M, Jun 2022
Watching the short movie about the derby and the intensity of the race. The interesting facts and history along the museum. Also, the names of all the horses along the outside going to the track.
Lifetime bucket list opportunity.
Teresa_R, Jun 2022
Seeing the race track was wonderful but I would have loved getting closer to the stage area where the trophy and roses are presented to the winner.
Everything was great!!!...
Irma_I, May 2022
Everything was great!!! The tour guide gave us very good information about the place. I bought a Secretariat Breyer horse😍
Fascinating tour. ...
Michael_J, May 2022
Fascinating tour. Definitely worth doing. Tour guide Bob was informative, knowledgeable and entertaining.
Derby history where we were and where we are today!!
Tina_C, May 2022
The 360 degree surround Movie!! The collection of trophies and the new 2nd floor exhibits are great. The walking tour, which is part of the general admission ticket to Derby Museum is wonderful. We saw some of the Derby horses schooling in the paddock, watched a race on the rail and heard all about the history of Churchill Downs and the Derby!! The best 2 minutes in racing.
Thrill of a lifetime!
Leslie_G, Apr 2022
Being able to actually go out on the track at Churchill Downs! Also the museum was excellent! The bartender at the cafe was fun.
Fascinating place
Moshe_K, Apr 2022
The tour of the grounds were very interesting especially because it was close to the derby so there was a lot going on and we even saw horses on the track
Not very good.
MICHELLE_W, Apr 2022
There was no guide there. We did have a ticket of admission from you but that cost more then purchasing it at ticket booth.
Not impressed with tour-due to guide
Clyde_T, Apr 2022
Overall Churchill Downs is very interesting.. the museum itself with all the history, pictures and memorabilia were well done and presented. The reason I gave it only a couple of stars because s because of the tour guide. She was a young brother Bette who obviously did not want to be in the heat - because she said so- and would have rather been home with her cat (her words). Nothing she said was clear… most everyone was asking what did she say. I think if she had taken the gum out of her mouth and slowed down it would have helped. With that sad, the tour was a waste- minus seeing the paddocks and track.


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