The Museum has been closed since January for the installation of a new state-of-the-art Hall of Fame experience as well as multiple new and updated exhibitions.
The Museum will be open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The new signature film, What It Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame, will initially be shown at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm daily. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online beginning August 31st.
What It Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame is a 16-minute film that looks at the various aspects of thoroughbred racing and examines the rare honor — given to less than one percent of the sport’s participants — of reaching the game’s pinnacle and earning a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Following the film, guests are invited to learn about the careers of the Hall of Fame inductees on the theater’s nine interactive stations. Each of the 459 Hall of Fame inductees are represented through an in-depth digital plaque, media gallery, and achievements page. More than 100 videos and 2,100 photographs are included in the interactive Hall of Fame exhibit with more media content to be added and updated regularly. Each visitor will be provided a stylus with admission to use on all the touchscreen interactive exhibits throughout the Museum.
Along with the new signature film and interactive Hall of Fame experience, the Museum has made several other new additions and updates. Some of those include a brand new Race Day Gallery that introduces visitors to the essential elements of a day at the races and features Call the Race, an interactive exhibit where Museum guests have the opportunity to call some of the sport’s most famous events just like a professional track announcer.
The Jockey Club Gallery, features artifacts and archival materials from The Jockey Club’s collection on loan to the Museum and two interactive touchscreen stations filled with multimedia content on the history of the organization, the services it provides the racing industry, selected race footage and statistics, and the digitized certificates of registration and foal photographs of some of the sport’s greatest thoroughbreds.
The Paintings of Martin Stainforth, features portraits of Hall of Fame horses from the Museum’s collection, on display in the Link Gallery.
Photo Finish: Juried Photography Exhibition: This second annual Photo Finish exhibition in the Museum’s von Stade Gallery features 45 photographs by 34 photographers from 13 states and one Canadian province.
Edward P. Evans Gallery current exhibitions The Edward P. Evans Gallery showcases treasures from the Museum’s permanent collection and honors the legacy of Mr. Evans and his passion for the sport of thoroughbred racing with a series of thematic exhibits.
McBean Gallery current exhibitions Located off of the Museum Lobby, the McBean Gallery is the Museum’s main special exhibitions gallery and hosts three distinct exhibitions. Women in Racing, Hall of Fame Heroes and Paintings from the Charles H. Thieriot Collection.
The Museum’s Gift Shop has been completely redesigned and features an extensive selection of racing-themed products, including clothing, books, photography, artwork, items related to Hall of Fame members, and more.
For more information, visit the Museum’s website.