Founded in 1950, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame honors the achievements of American Thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers. The museum is located on Union Avenue, in the heart of Saratoga Springs, and across from the Saratoga Race Course. In keeping with our area’s long history of horse racing, each spring, close to the Kentucky Derby in May, the museum announces new inductees and the formal inductions take place during the race season.
The museum itself has a vast collection of memorabilia and artifacts that document the history of racing from the 18th century to the modern day. The collection includes trophies, sculptures, paintings, photographs, as well as over 700 colorful and fun pieces of memorabilia. Some of the artifacts include bobbleheads, racing-themed games, and Seabiscuit’s horseshoe. Try your hand at riding with a horse simulator!
In addition to the permanent collection, the museum has a variety of special exhibits that celebrate the long history of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs. Discover the story of racing through a beautiful display of equine art, silks, and trophies.
The museum is also available for large-scale events and special occasions. Located just minutes from us, our hotel is the perfect place to get ready or host a pre-function event if you’re in town for an event at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
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