Kentucky Derby Museum completes expansion

Kentucky Derby Museum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Derby Museum has completed its largest expansion since opening in 1985.

Officials say they spent $6.5 million to add 11,000 square feet and renovate another section of the facility. Crews broke ground on the project at the historic Louisville racetrack in March. It officials opened to the public on Thursday. The highlight of the expansion is new exhibit space that features thoroughbred trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Bill Shoemaker.

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Museum President and CEO Patrick Armstrong says the additions and renovations will help elevate the experiences of an increasing number of visitors.

Last year, the museum attracted 230,000 visitors. Officials said the new exhibit space is included with general admission.