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Kentucky Derby Museum resumes tours at Churchill Downs

For the first time ever, visitors can access The Mansion, an exclusive invitation-only venue at the track

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Derby Museum will resume tours at historic Churchill Downs Monday, June 29. 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.

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 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

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.