Pictured Above: A depiction of the Penny Chenery stable renovation. There will be a new outdoor seating area that provides a better view of the Museum’s Thoroughbred. Illustration: Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum announced that they have received a $1 million grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation in a press release. The grant will be put toward the ongoing renovations and expansion project at the museum.

“The Kentucky Derby Museum has been very fortunate to have had the support of the James Graham Brown Foundation for its entire 32 year history,” says Patrick Armstrong, president and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Museum. “Year after year, the museum continues to develop and grow as one of the state’s premiere attractions. The additional space and amenities will create an even more inviting and exciting experience for our guests, and enhance our educational and outreach programming.”

The museum first announced the renovations in November 2017. The $6.5 million expansion project will create 11,000 square feet of new space and renovate 5,000 square feet of current exhibit space. The renovations will allow the museum to display more of their collection, as it currently only has space to display 11% of its more than 10,000 items.

The renovations will include a new gallery on legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas’s collection. There also will be a new space created to display the Bill Shoemaker collection.

A new stable dedicated to Helen B. “Penny” Chenery, owner of Secretariat, will be created with an outdoor seating area to view the museum’s resident Thoroughbred horse. Additional office and event space will be added as well.

The International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame will not be effected by the renovation and will remain on the second floor, Chris Goodlett, the museum’s director of curatorial and educational affairs, told American Farriers Journal.

The museum will continue to remain open during the project. The renovations are expected to be completed in late October.