LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The iconic Kentucky Derby Museum revealed its Education Center has had its first makeover in over 20 years thanks to generous support from Hermitage Farm, a historic horse farm located in Goshen.

What You Need To Know

  • The Kentucky Derby Museum's Hermitage Farm Education Center has had its first renovation in over 20 years

  • The demolition of the Education Center started in November

  • The renovation included fresh paint, new carpet, new exhibit cases and more

  • The Kentucky Derby Museum and Hermitage Farm collaborated previously in 2021

In a typical year, the Kentucky Derby Museum sees over 15,000 students on field trips. During those visits, students explore the grounds of world-famous Churchill Downs, interact with two floors of museum exhibits and take part in educational programming that is tailored to meet core academic standards. The programming takes place in a classroom-style setting with Kentucky Derby Museum Education staff.

Through Hermitage Farm’s support, the demolition of the Education Center started in November and the 2,200 square foot space went through a rebranding. The rebranding included fresh paint, new carpet, new exhibit cases and more.

“The Museum is grateful to Hermitage Farm for helping us create a fresh, vibrant space where thousands of children will learn about the Kentucky Derby for years to come,” said Patrick Armstrong, president and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Museum, in a news release. “Hermitage Farm is helping us fulfill our mission to engage, educate and excite everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby.” 

Kentucky Derby Museum staff were joined by JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio and Hermitage Farm owner Steve Wilson for today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Hermitage Farm Education Center.

According to the release, this isn’t the first time that Hermitage Farm and Kentucky Derby Museum have teamed up. The two launched the Hermitage Farm/Derby Museum Tour in April 2021. On this tour, guests can explore every aspect of a thoroughbred’s life, from birth to racing at the Kentucky Derby. Also included in the tour is an incredible farm-fresh lunch and bourbon tasting. 

Additionally, the museum features a Hermitage Farm replica exhibit which takes guests through the operational aspects of a working horse farm.