The National Horseracing Museum
The National Horseracing Museum has a unique collection of sporting fine art, prints and racing memorabilia that tell the story of the sport from its royal origins to its modern day heroes. Opened in 1983 by Her Majesty the Queen the museum's collection has grown to include over 8,000 objects and artifacts displayed in the old Subscription Rooms of the Jockey Club.
Gentlemen, such as the Marquess of Hastings, used to gather in the Subscription Rooms after racing to wager on forthcoming races and features like the lantern window reflect the building's illustrious history. When betting became more widespread the rooms fell out of favour and became a social club before the museum was established.
The present museum has five galleries telling the story of racing and two galleries displaying an exhbition curated by the British Sporting Art Trust. Highlights in the collection include:
- A bronze statue of Kinscem by Isidore Bonheur (1827-1901), a racehorse who won all 54 of her races from 1876- 79
- The racing silks of Frankie Dettori when he won all 7 races at Ascot in 1996
- The skeleton of leading stallion and 1933 Derby winner Hyperion
- A temporary exhibition featuring the sporting art of the Dukes of Grafton
- The racehorse simulator
The museum has a cafe on site which serves home cooked food and a shop selling unique equestrian and country gifts.
|Open All Year|
|Opening Times (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015)|
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£6.50 per ticket|
|Child (5-16)||£3.50 per ticket|
|Family (2 adults and upto 4 children)||£15.00 per ticket|
|Seniors and Students||£5.50 per ticket|
All admission prices include a ticket to ride on the racehorse simulator.
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