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 By Winniefield Park   •   17th Jun 2017   •   1,015 views   •   0 comments
The horse has a long history with us, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there are museums around the world where horse lovers can learn more about them. Many museums feature a certain aspect of the horse world such as racing, art, horse-drawn vehicles or a specific breed.

Horse History and Culture
Lexington, Kentucky is home to several horse-themed museums. The largest and probably best known is the International Museum of the Horse. This museum is located at the Kentucky Horse Park, a popular tourist destination. The museum has exhibits that span the entire horse world, from natural history to the role of horses in human history. There are art exhibits, tours and within the Kentucky Horse Park are many events such as breed shows and demonstrations.



There are many museums dedicated to cowboy and western life. Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Wyoming, Museum of the Western Prairie, Crazy Horse Memorial- Crazy Horse Museums, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Frontier Times Museum are just a few that capture the history of the old west.



The Wheeler Museum, also located at the Kentucky Horse Park exhibits all types of horse show memorabilia, with the main focus being on the hunter/jumper. There are also artifacts from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, formerly located in Tampa, Florida.

No surprise that the U.K. would have its fair share of horse themed museums. The newly opened Fethard Horse Country Experience is located in County Tipperary, Ireland and celebrates that country’s horse heritage, specifically it’s contribution to the U.K. horse racing industry.

Another Museum Of The Horse is located in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, and features ‘in some way functional and connected with horses’ according to their website. This includes some very ancient tack and clothing, including bits and other gear that is hundreds, if not thousands of years old.

Breed Museums
Within the Kentucky Horse Park is the American Saddlebred Museum. With the goal of educating the public about this breed, the museum showcases art, tack, trophies and other items that chronicle the history of the Saddlebred.

Vermont is home to the National Museum of the Morgan Horse. The museum shares a home with the Morgan Horse Association in Shelburne, VT. The goal of the museum is public education about the breed and its historical contributions.

A little further afield is The Horse Museum. This museum is in Dubai. While it contains memorabilia pertaining to all horses, much of the focus is on the Arabian horse.



Horse Art Museums
Favell Museum of Western Art, Amon Carter Museum of American Art feature horse and western art. Museums such as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum also include art exhibits. Phippens Art Museum has artwork the reflects western heritage and holds a sale that features only horse artwork.

Horse Racing Museums
Many tracks have a small exhibit featuring famous race horses or jockeys who competed there. Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto is the home to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. This small, but well-curated space contains displays honoring horses, jockeys, trainers and broadcasters that shaped the racing landscape in Canada. Both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing is featured here.

Kentucky Derby Museum is located on the grounds of Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville. The museum is Dedicated entirely to preserving the history Thoroughbred racing and the famous race. There are tours, interactive displays, and many educational exhibits. Within its archives are over 20,000 artifacts and documents such as books, racing silks, photos and anything to do with the history of the Kentucky Derby. One hundred years ago, Man o War was born, and in the horse’s honor, a special exhibit will feature his memorabilia, including film footage and photos, his saddle, and silks.

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