The new, immersive Secretariat: America’s Horse exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum is now open to the public in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the chestnut’s historic Derby win and Triple Crown sweep. The exhibit, sponsored by Longines, shows Secretariat from all aspects of his greatness; from his impact as a celebrity in the hearts of so many to his incredible athleticism. State-of-the-art technology inside the exhibit allows for guests to visualize what made Secretariat a remarkable horse–from his unbelievably large heart, to extra muscle, and more. A variety of artifacts, memorabilia, and trophies were also made available including real costumes and clips from the Disney movie as well as handwritten notes and suggestions from Penny Chenery. The 1,000 square-foot exhibit is permanently located on the second floor, and is seven times the size of the previous display on the first.
“It is rare that the Kentucky Derby Museum dedicates a permanent exhibit to a singular Thoroughbred racehorse, but Secretariat merits that,” said Chris Goodlett, Kentucky Derby Museum Senior Director of Curatorial and Educational Affairs. “It will show our guests exactly why Secretariat has endured as a celebrity to this day. From the new artifacts to the advanced visual projections, we’re excited for the amazing story we get to tell and also the exciting new methods we’re using to tell it.”
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