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Kentucky Horse Park – International Museum of the Horse

4089 Iron Works Pkwy., Lexington, KY



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Featured Event

Black Horseman of the Kentucky Turf

Equestrian, Horse Racing

The IMH’s latest exhibit celebrates the influential contributions of African Americans to the horse industry in Kentucky. The African American contribution to the rise of Thoroughbred racing as the nation’s most popular sport of the 19th century is undeniable. The fact that Isaac Murphy, a former slave, was the most celebrated sports hero of the late 19th century and the first jockey inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, attests to this. The story of the Black experience in the stables of the South and on the country’s tracks goes far beyond sport, offering a microcosm of the country itself and the difficult issues it faced. Human slavery, reconstruction and the repressive Jim Crow legislation still haunt this country today. This exhibit will tell the story of the African American experience in the stables and on the tracks here in Kentucky.


• Thu 5/10/18 - Mon 12/31/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

The Journey Continues: Preston Dyer’s Bedouin Experience

Museum, Equestrian, Horse Racing

The International Museum of the Horse follows the journey of Preston Dyer as he embarks on the second leg of his trip to the Middle East to seek out Arabian bloodstock to bring back to America. Come see the dramatic photo-documentation of Preston Dyer and his crew as they immersed themselves in Bedouin Life to learn more about the ever intriguing Arabian horse.


• Mon 3/26/18 - Wed 10/31/18 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

International Night at the Museum

Living History

Warm up after a cold winter at our brand new event, International Nights at the Museum! On March 2nd from 6-10pm, the first night of this series will celebrate the culture, history, and cuisine of India with food by Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine, dance performances by Lakshmi Sriraman of Shree School of Dance, and a special viewing of Julie Wayne's documentary "From Earth to Earth". Learn to dance Indian style! Paint a ceremonial clay/terracotta horse! Visit with our resident Marwari horses! Visit for more information as it becomes available.


• Fri 11/2/18 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM