Churchill Downs is a world-renowned Thoroughbred racetrack in south Louisville that is most famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby. Officially opened in 1875, Churchill Down began its tradition and reputation as being the “Home of the Kentucky Derby,” one of the longest continually running sporting events in America. Churchill Downs is also famous for hosting the prestigious Breeder’s Cup - no less than eight times - and is scheduled to host this event once again in 2018.
Opened in April 1985, the Kentucky Derby Museum features a variety exhibits, display, and themed presentations, designed to engage, educate and inspire curiosity set on two levels. The Museum also features a documentary film titled “The Greatest Race” with 360-degree immersive sound and visuals, which explores the history of Churchill Downs and the sport of thoroughbred horseracing, as well as the famous Kentucky Derby race.
Visitors to the Kentucky Derby Museum can experience the Museum via guided tours, including Around the Track Golf Cart Tours, Barn and Backside Van Tours, Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tours, Historic Walking Tours, Twilight Tours, Horses & Haunts Tours, Derby Week Tours, and a Champions Tour with Mint Julep Tours.
The Around the Track Golf Cart Tour is the most exclusive tour on offer and consists of four hours of exploring the history, legacy, and pageantry of the Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby, watching a morning workout session, visiting the famous infield tunnels, and lunch at a local restaurant.
The Barn and Backside Van Tours offer the opportunity for visitors to see thoroughbred horses in their working environment - taking a bath and training for the next race. Visitors also get the chance to see the 1,400 stalls in which the horses live. Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville - Photo: Kentucky Derby Museum