Kentucky Derby Museum

Best KY Derby Stories Contest Winners Announced

The Kentucky Derby Museum received 75 entries for its "Best Kentucky Derby Stories" contest and winners were announced Tuesday. Grand prize went to Michael Huang, first prize to Greta Hittle, second prize to Tom Pinkowski and third to Beth Bishop. Huang received a Churchill Downs box for the spring meet, a VIP golf cart tour of Churchill for four, four Derby glasses and a Derby Museum membership. The other winners received everything but the Churchill box.

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Kentucky Derby Museum to Hold Annual Gala

The Kentucky Derby Museum is proceeding with arrangements for its annual gala, which raises funds for the non-profit organization and had to be canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented by Central Bank & Trust Co, the Friday, Apr. 23 event will feature an evening of dinner and dancing, all held safely under COVID-19 protocols. This marks the 34th year for the event, which is the museum's largest annual fundraising effort. "Kentucky Derby 147 is on, and so is our gala," said Patrick Armstrong, president & CEO of...

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KY Derby Museum Opens Black Heritage in Racing Exhibit

The Black Heritage in Racing exhibit at Kentucky Derby Museum opens to the public Monday, Mar. 29. The exhibit, a permanent display inside the Museum since 1993, documents the stories and contributions of Black horsemen in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. With support from Churchill Downs and the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Black Heritage in Racing exhibit has moved from the second floor to a larger and more prominent location on the first floor. This allows them to add new components such as oral history interviews and artwork, and...

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KY Derby Museum Seeks Best Derby Stories

The Kentucky Derby Museum is launching the "Best Kentucky Derby Stories" Contest. Contestants from anywhere in the world can submit their story along with photos or videos on derbymuseum.org. Any stories submitted will be shared on Kentucky Derby Museum's social media pages and website and will also be displayed at the Museum. Participants are encouraged to share their story on social media by tagging Kentucky Derby Museum and using the hashtags, #MyDerbyStory and #DerbyEveryDay. Grand Prize winner receives: A box at Churchill Downs during the Spring Meet (excluding Derby week)...

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Kids for Free During Spring Break at Kentucky Derby Museum

Kentucky Derby Museum is offering a Spring Break deal where children 14 and under receive FREE general admission from Mar. 27 - Apr. 3*. Activities will include a Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs, see "The Greatest Race," the Museum's 360° media experience, participate in a scavenger hunt and special crafts as well as benefit from a 10% discount on regularly-priced merchandise in the Kentucky Derby Museum Store. Lunch will be available for purchase at the Derby Cafe Express. *A parent or guardian must be present with children at all...

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Derby Museum Construction Begins for Expanded Black Heritage Exhibit

Louisville's Kentucky Derby Museum is under construction, with demolition beginning on the first floor for an expanded Black Heritage in Racing exhibit. Due to open at the end of March, the exhibit, which has had a permanent display inside the museum since 1993, is moving to a larger and more prominent location. More artifacts and artwork will also be added to the exhibit, which documents the stories and contributions of Black horsemen in racing. The new exhibit space, just shy of 930 square feet, will lead visitors through the history...

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Derby Museum Gives Away Virtual Field Trips

The Kentucky Derby Museum will be awarding 40 teachers and their classrooms free virtual field trips. In a typical year, the museum hosts field trips for over 15,000 students, but the pandemic has forced the cancellation of in-person tours. To enter the contest, teachers need to fill out the online form. Kentucky Derby Museum will choose at random, 20 local teachers from Kentucky and southern Indiana area, and 20 teachers from across the country. The giveaway has been made possible through donations to the city-wide Give for Good Louisville campaign...

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Derby Museum Announces New Board Members

Officials at the Kentucky Derby Museum have announced five new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Brandy Harmon, Vice President of Ticketing & Venue Operations for Breeders' Cup Ltd.; Ja Hillebrand, CEO of Stock Yards Bank & Trust; Briana Lathon, Senior Compliance Officer, Group & Military at Humana; and returning to the Board is Harold Workman, who is retired from his career in public service. "It has been a tough year on many businesses, but especially for non-profit organizations like the Kentucky Derby Museum," said Pat...

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Ky Derby Museum Opens 'Right' to Ride' Exhibit

The Kentucky Derby Museum presents the grand opening of the new 'Right to Ride' exhibit, featuring legendary female jockeys Patti Barton, Patti Cooksey, Barbara Jo Rubin and Donna Barton Brothers, at 12:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. The opening will be highlighted by a ribbon cutting celebration and the featured jockeys in the exhibit will be on hand for media interviews. For more information, visit www.derbymuseum.org.

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Female Jockey Exhibit Opening at Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum will open the new "Right to Ride" exhibit Friday, Oct. 16. The exhibit features the history-making first female jockeys in the sport, with a spotlight on the stories of women facing gender discrimination as they fought to ride. Specifically highlighted are women riders who broke down the barriers, including Diane Crump, who was the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby 50 years ago. Over 20 hours of oral history video interviews with female riders who had an impact on American racing form the centerpiece...

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Kentucky Derby Museum Cancels 34th Annual Gala

The Kentucky Derby Museum has canceled its 34th annual Gala, presented by Central Bank & Trust Co. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision was made in the interest of public health and in the best interest of the community. Historically, the evening serves as the premier fundraising event for the Kentucky Derby Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. The rescheduled Gala was slated for Friday, Aug. 28. "The pandemic has created a very challenging business environment, especially for non-profit organizations like the Kentucky Derby Museum," said Patrick...

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Kentucky Derby Museum Kicks off Churchill Downs Tours

The Kentucky Derby Museum announced the addition of tours at Churchill Downs June 29. Following closure Mar. 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum reopened June 8 but was restricted from conducting tours at Churchill Downs due to health restrictions. For the first time, Churchill Downs is allowing Museum Guests to access The Mansion on two tours: Behind the Scenes and the Churchill Downs After-Hours Tours. The tours offer special access to non-public areas of Churchill Downs Racetrack, including the invitation-only venue called The Mansion. The museum will also...

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