The Kentucky Derby Museum

Each year, Woodford Reserve selects a charitable organization to receive the net proceeds from the $1,000 Mint Julep Cups sold at the Kentucky Derby®, with more than $450,000 raised for equine and humanitarian causes to-date.

This year’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cup experience celebrates history. Woodford Reserve is proud to partner with the Kentucky Derby Museum supporting their mission to preserve the history, tradition, hospitality and pride of the world-renowned event that is the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Museum first opened its doors in April 1985. Although the Museum sits adjacent to historic Churchill Downs Racetrack, it operates as a separate 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, generating its own revenue. The Museum’s property was donated by Churchill Downs Racetrack and the construction of the facility and seed money for its endowment fund was provided by the J. Graham Brown Foundation and five banks in the community.

The Kentucky Derby Museum, in addition to preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby, offers so much more to the community. The education department offers free educational programs to all public and parochial schools within the states of Kentucky and Indiana that focus on Core Academic standards. Through these programs, students learn about the economics, history and significance of the Kentucky Derby. For more information, please visit their website.