Kentucky Derby Museum

Derby Museum To Honor D. Wayne Lukas With Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Edited Press Release The Kentucky Derby Museum has named Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas as the inaugural recipient of the Kentucky Derby Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award. With Lukas in attendance at the Derby 150 Birthday Tribute Dinner, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 11 at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Lukas has achieved remarkable success, including four GI Kentucky Derby victories. His unparalleled dedication to the sport and influence on countless individuals in the racing community make him a deserving recipient of the Museum's first...

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Kentucky Derby Museum Launches Exhibit Upgrade

The Kentucky Derby Museum has launched a $1-million upgrade to its 'Riders Up!' exhibit. Construction began this month and the new exhibit is expected to debut Apr. 12. The museum originally built the 'Riders Up!' exhibit in 2000 as a way to immerse visitors in the Derby and race day experience from the viewpoint of a jockey and Thoroughbred racehorse. The game was last updated in 2010 during a previous museum expansion project. With significant changes in virtual and augmented reality since then, the new version will look to captivate...

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Kentucky Derby Museum Releases Tickets For 2024 Derby Season Tours

Tickets are now on sale for the Kentucky Derby Museum's exclusive 2024 Derby Season tours and special events, marking the countdown to the 150th Kentucky Derby®--only 100 days away as of Thursday, Jan. 25. The Museum will be hosting special backside tours and Derby events along with opening new exhibits leading up to the first Saturday in May. "Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to unveil this extraordinary lineup of tours, events, and exhibits as we embark on the exciting journey towards Derby 150," said Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO...

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Nadine Seckman Wins Derby Museum Art Prize

Nadine Seckman, a junior at Atherton High School, has been named the grand prize winner of the 38th annual Horsing Around With Art competition, presented by WinStar Farm. The HAWA Grand Prize is awarded to the artist whose work best captures the spirit of the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs Racetrack President, Mike Anderson, said Seckman's piece embodied the emotion of Derby. "For 149 years, it's been about the horse. And for Derby 150, this portrait of the horse in front of the Twin Spires captures the very spirit of the...

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Kentucky Derby Museum Kicking Off the Race to 150

December 6, 2023 will mark 150 days until the 150th Kentucky Derby, and Kentucky Derby Museum is kicking off the Race to 150 with a free all-day celebration. The Kentucky Derby Museum will offer free admission from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 6, and the first 150 guests will receive a commemorative Race To 150 gift. The day will include a fashion contest, prizes, time capsule, kid-friendly activities, complimentary Derby treats and more. "If Kentucky can party for two weeks ahead of Derby, then we can certainly find...

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Kentucky Derby Museum Hosts 125 Different FFA Groups

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention is being held in Indianapolis, IN and 125 different groups have booked tours in the Kentucky Derby museum. With almost 6,000 expected visitors this week, the 40% increase compared to standard weekly October attendance has proven it a popular destination for attendees. "FFA members represent the future of the Thoroughbred horse racing and agriculture industries, so it's always exciting to host them in the Museum," said Pat Armstong, Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO. "The fact that the number of FFA groups choosing...

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Pat Day Among New Board Members At The Kentucky Derby Museum

Hall of Fame rider Pat Day was one of four new members named to the board of the Kentucky Derby Museum Sept. 15, the organization said in a release late Thursday. Joining Day, the other new Derby Museum board members include: Mark Bacon, SVP Managing Director - Super Premium American Whiskey Ashley Davis Sigman, Vice President of Davis Jewelers Eamon O'Brien, General Manager of Omni Louisville Outgoing board members Brandy Harmon, Michael Judah, and Loren Hebel-Osborne were honored during the meeting for completing their terms of service. The late Clinton...

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Derby Museum Named Top Attraction for Sports Fans

USA Today named the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs as a top-ten best attraction for sports fans in the 2023 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards, the publication announced Tuesday. The Museum, which ranked fifth on the final list, was the only attraction in Kentucky nominated. The Museum was nominated along with 19 other attractions by a USA Today panel in July with the public voting for their favorites online. "We're honored to make the USA Today 10Best list, and we're grateful for everyone's votes," Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Museum...

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Mage Replica Added to Derby Museum Winner's Circle Exhibit

The addition of a replica of Mage (Good Magic), the 149th Kentucky Derby champion, is among the features added to the Winner's Circle exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum. A local artist, Mike Prather, produced the airbrushed the replica. Also, exhibit provides the Mage team's story and their journey to the Kentucky Derby stage through the self-guided panels in the exhibit. The Museum will also feature unique artifacts: Two of Mage's horseshoes worn during the Kentucky Derby A harness worn by Mage A Mage hat signed by the team The...

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Kentucky Derby Museum to Remain Open This Summer

While racing has transferred from Churchill Downs to Ellis Park for the remainder of the Spring Meet, the horses will remain stabled at the track and the Museum will also continue to operate its standard and specialty tours in addition to the Museum exhibits, 360-degree movie The Greatest Race, Museum Store, and Derby Café & Bourbon Bar. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information on the Museum, click here.

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Kentucky Derby Replica Trophy Goes on Display at Epsom

The Kentucky Derby Museum is partnering with The Jockey Club in England to display a replica Derby Trophy at the Epsom Downs Racecourse for the 244th running of the Epsom Derby June 3. The Epsom Derby was the inspiration for the Kentucky Derby, which will celebrate its 150th running in May 2024. A representative from Kentucky Derby Museum will attend the Epsom Derby to answer questions about the trophy and to engage guests in the unique ties between British and American racing. The trophy's journey to England will launch the...

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KY Derby Museum Names New Director Of Communications

Katrina Helmer has been named the new Director of Communications at the Kentucky Derby Museum, taking over from Rachel Collier Carr. As Communications Director, Katrina is thrilled to be part of the creative team that will drive the Museum's messaging and storytelling for the historic Derby 150 and beyond. "Katrina has done a stellar job with our Communications platform since coming to Kentucky Derby Museum," said Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO. "She was a natural fit for the Director position, and we are excited about her bright...

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