LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Derby Museum has received a $1 million grant to be used toward its current renovation and expansion project.

The funds are being provided by The James Graham Brown Foundation. The grant is the largest single contribution that has been made toward the expansion project.

“The Kentucky Derby Museum has been very fortunate to have had the support of the James Graham Brown Foundation for its entire 32 year history. We are honored by this substantial gift from our longtime partner,” Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO Patrick Armstrong said in a release. “Year after year, the Museum continues to develop and grow as one of the state’s premiere attractions. The additional space and amenities will create an even more inviting and exciting experience for our guests, and enhance our educational and outreach programming.”

The museum began construction on the expansion project in March. The project will provide an additional 11,000 square feet of new space and renovate 5,000 square feet of existing space.

The museum will stay open during the expansion project. The project is expected to be finished in late October ahead of the Breeders' Cup that will take place at Churchill Downs.

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