(Post and photos provided by the Kentucky Derby Museum.)
The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Derby Museum first opened its doors in April 1985. Although the Museum sits adjacent to historic Churchill Downs Racetrack, it operates as a separate 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, generating its own revenue. The Museum’s property was donated by Churchill Downs Racetrack and the construction of the facility and seed money for its endowment fund was provided by the J. Graham Brown Foundation and five banks in the community.
In addition to preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby, the Museum offers so much more to the community. The Museum’s Education Department provides free educational programs to all public and parochial schools within the states of Kentucky and Indiana that focus on Core Academic standards using the Kentucky Derby and the equine industry as a fun hook.
More than 200,000 visitors from around the world visit the Kentucky Derby Museum each year. With two floors of interactive exhibits, historic walking tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack and special events, the Museum gives guests plenty of ways to celebrate Derby Every Day!