The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is a fantastic museum detailing the history of Thoroughbread racing in the United States. It brings history to life through its amazing collection of trophies from past wins, racing memorabilia, and equine art.
The Hall of Fame was opened in 1950 and each year it honors jockeys, trainers, and horses who have made significant contributions of the sport of throughbread racing.
Even those who are not racing fans can find enough to entertain themselves for an afternoon in this museum. The exhibits are adorned with gorgeous photographs, art, and memorabilia that make learning about the history of racing all the more interesting.
Children and adults alike will enjoy the horse racing simulator, which allows you to see what it feels like to be a jockey! Children will also enjoy the hands on learning center, where children can groom and saddle a life-size horse, dress like a jockey, and learn about different shoes that racing thoroughbreads might wear.
The museum features multiple galleries, as well as exhibits on racing and horses in Colonial, Pre-Civil War era, Post Civil War era, and contemporary racing. Other exhibits detail the anatomy of a horse, and recreation of a tack room lets you see everything that a jockey needs to compete. The garden features life sized memorials to Seabiscuite and Secretariat.
This museum is brimming with information and art about racing, and horses. Even someone who is not a racing fan, or a “horse person” will find it to be an enjoyable and informative museum, which they can find many hours exploring.