Derby Museum has a complete collection of commemorative official Mint Julep glasses. Each year the Derby glass has a different design usually combining horses and the Downs. Only 6 glasses do not have a horse depicted in the design.
The first souvenir glass was made in 1938 with a simple horse and horseshoe design. In 1945 the first souvenir mint julep glasses by Libbey Glass Company were made for Harry M. Stevens Inc., the concessionaire at Churchill Downs. There were two sizes, a tall one for the "Zombie" and a short one for the Mint Julep. A shot glass was also made. Due to post war shortages, there were no glasses made in 1946 and 1947.
Monday - Saturday. 8 AM - 5 PM (ET)
Sunday, Noon - 5 PM (ET)
Admissions: $9 (Adult), $3 (Children)
Tour: Enjoy a unique environment full of the sounds, images and artifacts that bring the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby to life. The new exhibits computerized hands-on displays and videos.
Direction from Nashville: Take I-65 North to 264 West. Exit at the Taylor Boulevard Exit. Take a right on Taylor Boulevard and the fifth light is Central Avenue. Take a right on Central Avenue, the Museum and Churchill Downs will be on the right.
Kentucky Derby official bourbon, Early Times commissioned Celeste Susany to create an original oil paining of an actual scene at Churchill Downs for this year's Derby bottle. A reproduction of the painting appears on the 6th commemorative Early Times Mint Julep bottle. The shrink-wrap label features a "Dawn at the Downs" scene with the colors in a sunrise and horses being groomed, fed and walked. The newly labeled Mint Julep pre-mix bottle is available in limited quantities throughout the United States.
Woodford Reserve bourbon also features a reproduction of Derby painting with antiqued views of the track, grandstands and twin spires, created by Dionisio Ceballos. The shrink-wrap neck of the bottle features a stylized rendering of a jockey riding a thoroughbred in the Derby.
Born and schooled in Mexico City, his work as an animator and background painter for Mexican films led to a painting career. "When I began the creative process for the Woodford Reserve Derby bottle, the first image that came to my mind was of Churchill Downs and its incredible history. As I continued painting, the tradition is what struck me as one of the strongest bonds and similarities between the race track, the Kentucky Derby and Bourbon," says Ceballos. The commemorative liter-size bottle is available at $39.99 throughout Kentucky and selected markets across the nation.
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