Champions of Racing exhibit opens at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

November 5, 2020

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Coinciding with the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course, a new interactive exhibit will debut at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to showcase the history of the Breeders’ Cup and the Eclipse Awards — two annual thoroughbred racing events that celebrate the best competitors of the sport.

Museum visitors can explore a searchable race footage archive containing replays of every Breeders’ Cup race since the inaugural championship weekend was held at Hollywood Park in 1984 and view a historical listing of Eclipse Award winners by category on two interactive touchscreens in the Museum lobby. The National Museum of Racing acknowledges the support of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in the creation of this interactive exhibit.

Online Children’s Programming Series begins Nov. 11

The Museum will launch its new online Children’s Programming Series on Wednesday, Nov. 11. This eight-week series, developed for ages 8-9, will explore the life stages of a thoroughbred racehorse.

Each weekly program will use videos and photos to teach about the different developmental stages in a thoroughbred’s life, and each will have a related craft or activity to complete. These 15-minute long videos will be uploaded to the Museum’s YouTube channel every Wednesday through Dec. 30th. The Museum’s YouTube channel can be found here:

For additional information, contact Lindsay Doyle at or by phone at (518) 584-0400 ext. 118.

Women in Racing exhibit extension

The Museum will be extending the McBean Gallery special exhibition, Women in Racing, through to Dec. 31, 2021. Featuring art and artifacts from the Museum Collection and on loan, this exhibition celebrates the women involved in every aspect of thoroughbred racing in America. Some exhibition highlights include: a timeline of firsts highlighting the milestone achievements of the pioneers of the sport, Frances Genter’s pillbox hat worn during Unbridled’s Kentucky Derby victory, items from Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone’s historic Belmont Stakes victory, the inaugural Diana Handicap trophy won by the first licensed female trainer Mary Hirsch, and an interactive exhibit featuring race footage and short films for visitors to explore.

Holiday Membership special

Give the gift of Museum benefits year-round! Gift Memberships at the Museum are 15 percent off for the months of November and December. Call (518) 584-0400 ext. 109 to purchase a gift membership today.

Black Friday Gift Shop Specials

Find the perfect gift at a great price at the Museum Gift Shop on Black Friday Weekend! The general public receives 15 percent off and Museum Members receive 20 percent off in the Museum Gift Shop on Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29. You can also call the Museum gift shop to place your order over the phone (518) 584-0400 ext. 123.

#Giving Tuesday

Help us reach our goal! The Museum will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity and philanthropy, on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Museum is seeking 459 gifts (of any amount) on Dec. 1 in honor of each Hall of Fame inductee. Commemorate your favorite horse, jockey, trainer, or Pillar of the Turf and make a difference at the Museum! Funds raised will support the ongoing Hall of Fame Education Experience Campaign.

Current Museum hours

The Museum will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 30, 2021. The new signature film, What it Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame, will be shown at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. daily. The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Tickets can be purchased online at

For more information about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, including upcoming events, please visit or call (518) 584-0400.

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