International Museum of the Horse

4089 Iron Works Parkway,International Museum of the Horse, Lexington, KY 40511 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Located in the heart of the Kentucky Horse Park, the International Museum of the Horse is the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to exploring the important history of all horses and their impact on human civilization. Through its ever-growing library and archives, it also serves as a resource for scholars and researchers throughout the world.


In addition to exhibits exploring the history of the horse and its relationship with humankind, the IMH has opened a new exhibit about the African American contribution to the rise of Thoroughbred racing.
The exhibit, “Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf” tells the story of the Black experience in the stables of the South and on the country’s tracks, reaching 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 tells the story of the African American experience in the stables and on the tracks here in Kentucky.

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