Founded in 1950 by a group of the country’s most prominent horse racers, the National Museum of Racing has since grown to become one of the the world’s leading museums in thoroughbred racing history. The National Museum of Racing prides itself in preserving the history of thoroughbred racing and honoring the sports most accomplished racers and champions through their nationally-recognized Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
The museum houses a diverse collection of art, artifacts, and memorabilia that documents the social, economic, political, and cultural history of thoroughbred racing in America from the eighteenth century to present day. Between the museum’s extensive collections, 15 galleries and interactive exhibits, visitors will learn everything there is to know about the people and events behind the sport that transformed the United States.
The National Museum of Racing offers special exhibits throughout the year and recently revealed its new Hall of Fame Education Experience, a multi-million dollar project that includes an immersive new film and and state-of-the-art interactive plaques for all 459 of the hall’s inductees. Browse through the countless historic trophies and sculptures and appreciate the beautiful photographs and paintings that tell the visual story of horse racing. Even the museum’s location is rich in history: just across the street sits the Saratoga Race Course, the nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and currently offers showings of its new 16-minute film, What it Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame, at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily. The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Visitors are encouraged to pre-book their tickets online at the museum’s website.
“We learned a lot at this museum. It presents more like an art museum because many of the stories are told through paintings, trophies, and sculptures.”
—Diana D., TripAdvisor