National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame
Saratoga Springs, New York

The mission of the Official National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame is to honor the achievements of those horses, jockeys, and trainers whose records and reputations have withstood the difficult test of time. The National Museum of Racing was incorporated in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1950. In 1955 the Museum moved to its present site on Union Avenue, and the Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor deserving horses, jockeys, and trainers. Over the years the selection process and criteria have been fine-tuned, but the Hall of Fame remains devoted to the original three categories. As of Hall of Fame Day 2010, members include 186 Thoroughbreds, 93 jockeys, and 88 trainers. All are racing heroes.

Man o’ War, Secretariat, Arcaro, and the Jones Boys are all heroes of the turf and names that evoke the clang of the starting gate and the thunder of pounding hooves.  A visit to the Museum is filled with the sights and sounds of racing.

As one of America’s oldest sports, Thoroughbred Racing has a long and rich history.  To tell the story of the sport, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame relies on a renowned equine art collection, stunning trophies, beautiful silks, and Thoroughbred memorabilia.

While a walking tour captures the flavor of our permanent exhibits, no visit is complete without a trip to the Peter McBean Special Exhibition Gallery.  The gallery features unique and exciting collections that are rarely available to the public.

Self-guided tours of the Museum begin at a starting gate and move clockwise through the galleries. Visitors are encouraged to explore over three centuries of racing history and countless examples of elegant art, stories of human and equine sacrifice, and determination and races with heart pounding excitement and photo finishes.

If you can’t make it to Saratoga to see the Museum in person, be on the look out for our traveling exhibits or visit our online exhibits.

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