We've been working on bringing you a Virtual Museum experience on our website so you can enjoy the #MuseumfromHome and keep on celebrating #DerbyEveryDay with us! Each day we'll bring you featured artifacts, fun facts, Oral History videos, Educational Lessons, activities you can do at home, and more!
The Kentucky Derby Museum is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our doors are temporarily closed and revenue has come to a halt. However, there are ways you can support our museum and staff of 92 in the meantime. Consider shopping at our online store, purchasing a gift card, making a donation, leaving a review on TripAdvisor, or simply sharing our social content.
We’ve assembled this collage of children’s Derby-inspired art to give you a smile, at a time when it’s most needed. The students’ creativity helps us remember and celebrate the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby.
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.”
For those of you longing for the Kentucky Derby, we’ve edited our epic 18-minute film “The Greatest Race” down to a 3 ½ minute clip and posted it here for you to enjoy—ideally with a glass of bourbon.
Louisville business ladies, let's chat. Stale, outdated networking event? Thank you, next. This year we are serving major lady-boss vibes directly to Louisville's modern businesswomen with the newest installment of the #GirlbossLou, Ladies in Leadership series! Join the upbeat celebration all about "empowered women, empowering women."
Join us for our annual hat sample sale! With over 500 hat samples with no sample hat priced over $75, some hats as low as $18! Enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music, vendor pop-up shops and giveaways! Guests are encouraged to bring or wear their Derby ensembles for styling tips and more.
Full day of special programming for families, horse racing enthusiasts and bourbon lovers. Meet trailblazing female jockeys starring in a new exhibit celebrating their "Right to Ride" - and so much more!
The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Derby Museum requests the honor of your presence at the thirty-fourth annual Kentucky Derby Museum Gala, featuring cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres inside The Mansion at Churchill Downs Racetrack, followed by a seated dinner, dessert, live music by the Celebrity All Star Band and dancing inside the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Guests will enjoy a biscuit bar with fried chicken, sausage and other toppings! Live music, unlimited Kentucky bourbon, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Special ticket holders will top off their brunch with a day at the races. Presented by Angel's Envy.
Enhance your Thurby experience at the track by joining us in our exclusive VIP Thurby Lounge, located in Kentucky Derby Museum’s new Oaks Terrace. The Oaks Terrace is conveniently connected to Churchill Downs just a few steps away from the Paddock and Plaza. Rain or shine, the covered outdoor space is the perfect way to comfortably enjoy Thurby.
This tour was excellent. Lily was our guide. She was very entertaining and very knowledgeable. She even sang for us. The Museum was fabulous. The 360 movie was great. Walking around the Museum was very informative. We will be much more attentive to the next Kentucky Derby.
— Kathi M.