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Kentucky Derby Museum Completes Largest Expansion

LOUISVILLE Kentucky — The Kentucky Derby Museum has added 11,000 square feet of new exhibit space and renovated an existing 5,000 square feet in the museum’s largest expansion since it opened in 1985.

The $6.5 million expansion, which began following the 2018 Kentucky Derby, includes new exhibits tracing the careers of trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Bill Shoemaker, both members of racing’s hall of fame and both winners of four Kentucky Derbys.

The D. Wayne Lukas: The Modern Trainer, exhibit features artifacts, images and video of his Kentucky Derby winners, trophies from the 1960s to the present, fine art of some of his greatest horses and interactive displays.

The Bill Shoemaker: Larger than Life, exhibit has artifacts documenting his four-decade racing career, scrapbooks and a 180-degree interactive display that allows visitors to view riding a thoroughbred from the perspective of a rider.

The expansion also included new event space overlooking Churchill Downs.