LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – The Kentucky Derby Museum broke ground on a $6.5 million expansion project in the Museum’s garden terrace on March 5.

The expansion will add more than 11,000 square feet of brand new space to the museum. The museum says this will be the largest expansion since it was constructed in 1985. Construction is set to begin in March.

The expansion is expected to provide a greater visitor experience by providing more exhibit space and meeting and rental spaces, on the museum’s second floor.

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A third floor will be added with this expansion, and it will house administrative offices, storage, and a conference room.

A new stable, that houses the museum’s resident Thoroughbred and companion horse, will also be in the works for the museum. This area will include seating for educational programming.

The museum will remain open to visitors during the expansion project. The project is expected to be completed by November, before the 2018 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs Racetrack.

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