Multimillion-dollar renovations begin at Kentucky Derby Museum
The last time the museum got a facelift was after devastating flooding in 2009.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Every day, people from around the country, sometimes the world, make their way into the Kentucky Derby Museum. There were close to a quarter of a million visitors just last year.
"It's very interactive. There's a lot of beautiful things to see," said visitor Jeff Faller, who was in town from Washington state with his family and took in the sights of the museum Wednesday. "Horse racing is not really big in Washington or Oregon, so this is a very different experience for us."
A lot of what the Fallers saw will be transformed before the next round of Derby contenders even gallop into the spotlight.
"We're going to be renovating and adding about 16,000 square feet to the museum," said Derby Museum Communication Manager Lindsay English.
Construction is already under way. It will cost around $6.5 million. The last time the museum got a facelift was after devastating flooding in 2009.
The renderings of what the museum will soon like show an expanded event space, a spot for the resident thoroughbred and his companion outside and more room for other pieces of track history inside.
"We only have about 10 percent of what we have in our vault out on display," English said. "Just because we don't have the room for all the pieces that we have."
Exhibits about Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker will emerge from the archives to occupy the new space.
"People will be able to explore and learn more about (Shoemaker's) career, which I think will be really fun for people coming through our doors," English said.
The renovations already has the Faller family thinking about their next trip to Kentucky.
"We're looking forward to seeing what it looks like," Faller said.
Renovations are set to wrap up just in time for the Breeder's Cup at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2-3, 2018.
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