Kentucky Derby Museum reopens for tours

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Source: Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)One of the nation’s horse racing treasures is back open to fans starting Monday, June 29.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is resuming tours at historic Churchill Downs. As the exclusive tour partner with Churchill Downs, the museum provides a bucket list opportunity for visitors to explore and learn about the world famous racetrack.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tours have been suspended since March 16 when the museum closed to the public. The museum reopened June 8 but could not yet conduct its exclusive tours at Churchill Downs due to COVID-19 restrictions.

For the first time ever, Churchill Downs is allowing museum guests to access The Mansion on two tours: Behind the Scenes and the Churchill Downs After-Hours Tours.

These tours offer special access to non-public, posh areas of Churchill Downs Racetrack, including the exclusive, invitation-only venue called The Mansion. Those looking to see horses on the track exercising can check out the Racehorse Workout Tour, offered Monday – Saturday from 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.

As always, a guided 30 minute historic walking tour is free with general admission.

While the majority of tours resume, tour options that explore the backside of the racetrack remain suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Additional tour options can be explored here.

Kentucky Derby Museum continues to follow state and federal health guidelines regarding health and safety. Tour capacity is limited to 10 people to allow for proper social distancing.

Guests are required to go through a temperature check and wear a mask before touring on Churchill Downs’ property.