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To learn more about the "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports," a visit to this museum is a must. Spanning two floors, the museum uses interactive, kid-friendly exhibits to educate visitors on the horses, jockeys, well-dressed spectators and traditions of the Kentucky Derby, showcasing history that dates back to the race's inaugural running in 1875.

Recent visitors loved the memorabilia and family-friendly exhibits at the museum and also offered praise for the 30-minute historic walking tour included with admission. Reviewers were also pleased with the museum's ability to appeal to non-racing fans.

Fees to visit are separate from general admission and race tickets at Churchill Downs. Museum tickets cost $15 for adults (ages 15 to 59), $14 for seniors (60 and older), $7 for children between the ages 5 and 14; entry is free for children younger than 5. Special tours, such as the "Around the Track Golf Cart Tour" and the behind-the-scenes tour cost extra and are not included in museum admission. The museum is open from 8 or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Kentucky Derby Day. There is ample parking at the museum, but if you'd rather take the bus, several TARC routes service the area. Visit the official website for more information.

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#1 Churchill Downs Just its name inspires romantic images of spectators dressed in their Sunday best sipping on mint juleps as thoroughbreds race past them. Recent travelers agreed  Churchill Downs, the racing facility that ... Read more » Louisville Images / Flickr

#2 Kentucky Derby Museum To learn more about the "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports," a visit to this museum is a must. Spanning two floors, the museum uses interactive, kid-friendly exhibits to ... Read more » Barry Winiker / Getty Images

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#4 Louisville Mega Cavern One of the city's more unique attractions, the 100-acre Louisville Mega Cavern, which was created out of a 19th-century limestone quarry, now houses the world's only underground zip ... Read more » Courtesy Louisville Mega Cavern

#5 Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Preferred by legends like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams, the Louisville Slugger is undeniably the most famous bat in baseball. And to learn about its production, history and ... Read more » Barry Winiker / Getty Images

#6 Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Part of the Old Louisville historic district – America's largest Victorian neighborhood – the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum stands as a preserved example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Known as "Conrad's Castle ... Read more » Courtesy the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

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#10 Frazier History Museum Yet another standout site in downtown's West Main District, the Frazier History Museum is a special treat for lovers of military trivia as well as arms collectors. It's ... Read more » ross6606 / Flickr

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Churchill Downs is the home of the renowned Kentucky Derby. Louisville Images / Flickr

To learn more about the "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports," a visit to this museum is a must. Barry Winiker / Getty Images

A peek inside the Muhammad Ali Center, which features artifacts, exhibits, films and more from the legend's life before, during and after boxing. Courtesy the Muhammad Ali Center

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Recent visitors said that if you love historic homes, you'll enjoy taking a tour of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, an estate in the picturesque Old Louisville neighborhood.  Courtesy the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

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A Siberian Tiber. Sam Gray / Courtesy of the Louisville Zoo

The Frazier History Museum's permanent collection includes artifacts that once belonged to politicians and celebrities, Native American warriors, soldiers and frontiersmen. ross6606 / Flickr

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