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Kentucky Derby Museum
704 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
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venue type: Museum
venue style: Modern
catering: Onsite Catering (Restricted Vendor Selection)
max venue capacity: 1500
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Venue Description

If you want your next event to be exceptional, host it at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Located at Gate 1 of historic Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Museum provides a truly unique setting for entertaining business associates, celebrating weddings or throwing a fabulous theme party. With our flexible Rental Plan, you can virtually "own" the Museum for a night event or meeting rooms for daytime events. The Museum offers exclusive use of the entire facility for evening rentals. Select from a broad menu of services and event/meeting spaces for both private and corporate use. 

  • The Great Hall: Our largest venue, the Great Hall, allows for a very open environment. The Great Hall may seat 250 guests banquet style or up to 400 guests (reception style). The Great Hall banquet room also features a 360° screen which shows our award-winning feature film "The Greatest Race". Share the story of the derby with your guests or use our screen for your own personalized presentation. Larger groups can be served through multi-level use of the Museum. Up to 1000 people can be accommodated for cocktail receptions.
  • The Pollard Gallery: The Carl F. Pollard Gallery is located on the second floor of the Museum. This spacious area has a series of picture windows across the front of the room overlooking Gate 1. The room can accommodate 130 guests seated at round tables of 10, 150 guests seated in theater style, or 90 guests seated in classroom style. The space has been equipped with all the necessary wiring to make meeting presentations a breeze.
  • The Derby Café: Perfect for intimate dining. Maximum dinner seating, 110 people, using the Cafe tables with chairs. (Can be used in conjunction with the Great Hall for extra seating, buffet, or bar service.)
  • Oaks Garden Terrace: The outdoor Oaks Garden Terrace is perfect for our ceremony, special event, or reception under the stars! The space captures the essence of Derby and is home to our miniature companion horse Winston and a retired Thoroughbred…who doesn’t want to invite a horse to their big party?

Corporate Events: The Museum provides a truly unique setting for entertaining business associates, corporate events, business meetings, cocktail receptions, seminars, & more. With our flexible rental plan, your group can virtually “own” the Museum for a night, or simply convene by day and take full advantage of the exhilarating exhibits and tours. Featuring more than 10,000 square feet of versatile function space, our exciting venue can be customized to your individual taste and style. From the classic elegance of our Great Hall to the scenic Kentucky Oaks Terrace, our rooms and outdoor options exude the thrills of a day at the races.

Wedding Services: Invite us to your big day and we'll make your wedding dreams a reality. From elegant outdoor ceremonies to fun and memorable receptions, our onsite wedding coordinator will guide you effortlessly through the entire planning process.

Convention Services: The Museum provides a truly unique setting to guarantee a successful convention or meeting in Louisville! Whether you have 15 to 10,000 attendees, the Museum offers amenities to suite any size group. From tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack to meeting spaces, our event & attraction space can be customized to your needs. From the classic elegance of our Great Hall to the scenic Kentucky Oaks Terrace, our rooms and outdoor options exude the thrills of a day at the races at this one-of-a-kind facility.

Catering: The Silver Spoon is a full-service catering company providing both exquisite cuisine and professional event planning services. For the last 20 years, The Silver Spoon has been providing premier catering service to events of all sizes in Louisville and surrounding areas. We strive to give each event a unique quality. We avoid the "cookie cutter” approach to events and event planning. We will customize your event so that your guests feel special and truly entertained in style. From presentation to taste and service, TSS provides the highest level of quality to our clients.




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