LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby Museum is donating over $10,000 to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the state after the success of its Collect to Contribute campaign.
The Kentucky Derby Museum closed to in-person visitors mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. During the shutdown, the Museum’s Collect to Contribute online retail campaign sold collectible Derby 146 merchandise branded with the original Kentucky Derby date of May 2, 2020. The world-famous race is postponed to September 5, 2020 because of the pandemic.
Thousands of items branded with the May 2 Derby date sold between April 15-May 3, with the Museum pledging to donate 20% of the profits to Governor Andy Beshear’s Team Kentucky Fund and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund.
“The response to our online campaign exceeded our expectations,” said Patrick Armstrong, President & CEO of Kentucky Derby Museum. “Customers realized it was a great opportunity to purchase collectible Derby 146 merchandise while supporting a great cause. We are proud to announce today the Museum is donating $10,289 from this sale to help people in need during this crisis.”
The Kentucky Derby Museum is reopening its Finish Line Gift Shop located inside the Museum on May 20, 2020 in accordance with state health guidelines and restrictions.
The Museum is following state protocols and initiating these guidelines as it reopens the Finish Line Gift Shop to prioritize the safety and health of customers and employees, including:
• Limiting the number of in-store shoppers
• Enforcing 6 feet of social distancing in-store and while waiting in line
• Increasing sanitation and disinfectant procedures in the Gift Shop
• Strongly encouraging guests to wear masks
• Requiring staff to wear masks
• Installing glass dividers at the registers
The Finish Line Gift Shop will reopen May 20 with hours of 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Derby fans can continue to stock up on party supplies and collect merchandise branded with a historic date inside the Gift Shop or online at derbymuseumstore.com.
The May 2 branded merchandise includes apparel (T-shirts, polos, fleece, vests), ball caps, accessories (bags, socks, charms), glassware & barware, home décor (posters, banners), party supplies and collectibles (lapel pins, official Derby glasses, logo pins, magnets, key rings).
Curbside pickup will still be offered for customers wishing to shop online. This service will be available Wednesday-Friday only, starting May 20.
While the Gift Shop reopens, the museum itself remains closed to visitors at this time. Visit our virtual Museum at derbymuseum.org.