Frazier History Museum

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March 20 2019 - January 2020

Celebrating two industries that best represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the world: horse racing and Bourbon.

For 20 years artists have celebrated the Kentucky Derby™, the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports™, with iconic depictions that have decorated commemorative bottles of Woodford Reserve since 1999. For the first time, all 20 bottles of the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby will be gathered for special exhibition at the Frazier History Museum. In partnership with Brown-Forman, the bottles will be displayed along with the original art work reproduced on their labels. Additionally, the exclusive handcrafted series of silver mint julep cups and premium gold cups, specialty glasses, and vintage Derby advertisements will be curated as part of this special collection that will leave guests both reminiscing about their past experiences and looking forward to the next first Saturday in May. This temporary exhibit is housed within The Spirit of Kentucky®, a permanent exhibition about the history, craft, and culture of bourbon located on the third floor of the museum.

The Derby bottle has been an annual collector’s item anticipated by bourbon and racing fans since it was first introduced in 1999. The first four years of the Derby bottle featured simple graphics that celebrated the Derby. Beginning in 2003, Woodford Reserve began featuring the work of national artists.