Kentucky Derby Museum

Museum in Louisville

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On the racetrack grounds, the museum has exhibits on derby history, including a peek into the life of jockeys and a roundup of the most illustrious horses. Highlights include a 360-degree HD film about the race, the 30-minute walking tour of the grandstands (which includes some engaging yarns) and mint juleps in the museum cafe.

The 90-minute 'Inside the Gates Tour' ($11) leads you through the jockey's quarters and posh VIP seating areas known as Millionaire's Row.