The history of America’s most valued race will be on better display coming soon. Unbeknownst to many, only ten percent of the archived materials that helps outline the prestigious story of the derby are out in the open. That will change as the Kentucky Derby Museum received a $1,000,000 grant in order to expand their facility.
Funds were provided by the Graham Brown Foundation.
“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,” revealed Patrick Armstrong, the President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Museum through press 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.”
Mason Rummel, the President and CEO of the Graham Brown Foundation echoed these sentiments. “The James Graham Brown Foundation is proud of the legacy the museum has created in the celebration of our Kentucky Derby. Mr. Brown cared deeply for the institution and the board is pleased to continue the partnership with the Kentucky Derby Museum to improve the visitor experience and the national prominence of Louisville and our state.”
The renovations will not only update an existing 5,000 space but also add an additional 11,000 of useable display area so that the incredible history of the Kentucky Derby can be more suitably presented. The outdoor space will also be improved upon, allotting a small space that will be used for educational purposes. Most importantly, more of the treasured artifacts collected over the generations will be put out in the open for all to see. The expansion of the Kentucky Derby Museum is expected to be completed by October, and will be on full display when Churchill Downs hosts the 2018 Breeders’ Cup.