The Kentucky Derby Museum broke ground on a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project, the largest expansion since the museum was built in 1985.

The $6.5 million expansion project includes adding 11,000 square feet and renovating 5,000 square feet.  Louisville based, Sullivan Cozart is the General Contractor.

“It’ll feature 2,400 square feet of covered space that can be shared for different events, including outdoor weddings, dinner parties, and so on,” Derby Museum President and CEO Pat Armstrong said. “There will also be an entire new stable area that will house our resident thoroughbred and our new companion horse since Winston is retiring. That area will feature seating for educational programming, which is a big part of our mission here at the Kentucky Derby Museum.”

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The D. Wayne Lukas collection will be featured in a permanent gallery, according to a release from the museum.