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The IMH is the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to exploring the important history of all horses and their impact on human civilization. Through its ever-growing library and archives, it also serves as a resource for scholars and researchers throughout the world.

With over 60,000 square feet, IMH is dedicated to the history of the horse and its unique relationship with humans through time. Permanent museum exhibitions highlight the history of the horse from ancient times to the many popular sporting events of modern times.

Self-produced blockbuster exhibitions such as “All the Queen’s Horses: The Role of the Horse in British History;” “Imperial China: The Art of the Horse in Chinese History;”, and “A Gift from the Desert: the Art, Culture and History of the Arabian Horse,” provide a distinctive glimpse into subjects where the horse has been especially significant in shaping human history. Contemporary art exhibitions focus on the talents of equine artists around the globe and give talented local equine artists much needed exposure to a worldwide audience.

“The mission of the International Museum of the Horse is to educate the general public, equestrian and academic communities about the relationship between humans and the horses throughout world history.”

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New to the International Museum of the Horse for 2022...

The Madden party was the place to be seen on the eve of the Kentucky Derby. It was a tradition that lasted for more than two decades. Everyone knew about the parties, but most weren’t aware that the proceeds were used to help underprivileged youth.

Experience a bit of the glitz and glamour of a Madden Derby Eve Party through a curated selection of dresses worn by host Anita Madden. The May Day Maddness exhibit, open now-November 27 at the International Museum of the Horse, was guest curated by Heather Whitman of the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, Ashland, Kentucky. The objects on display are on loan from Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Madden. This exhibit and other exhibits are made possible by generous donations to the KHP Foundation.

Kentucky Horse Park guests can see the exhibit Wednesday - Sunday, 9am-5pm, inside the International Museum of the Horse. Plan your visit and learn more about what you can experience at the Park, here.

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Watch the replay of the May Lunchtime Lecture with Heather Whitman.