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Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum

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Address: 135 Dupree Pl SW, Aiken, SC 29801-4811
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Horse history museum at its best

Aiken is known for all its horse racing tracks, polo fields, steeplechase races and it is all beautifully displayed at this "must visit" museum run by very knowledgable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 July 2015
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Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

Aiken is known for all its horse racing tracks, polo fields, steeplechase races and it is all beautifully displayed at this "must visit" museum run by very knowledgable individuals.

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Greenwood, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

Fascinating and an experience walking to the whole park and going to time in the Hall of Fame if you're into horses and thorough breads it is a must-see

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Seymour, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

My husband and I had a great time visiting the museum. We are racing enthusiasts and were looking forward to visiting. It's a small museum so you only need an hour to spend looking around.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

The museum was much more than I expected it to be. When I walked in, I was greeted by a wonderful lady who gave us a wonderful overview of the museum. The whole place was very attention-grabbing and had lots of exciting history. Well worth a visit, whether you're a horse lover or not.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015

Whether a horse lover or not, the Racing Museum is full of local horse history, and that is what Aiken is about. See history's jockeys and trainers, silks, trophies...it's got it all. A good trip for visitors, too.

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2 Thank Anne A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

This museum is located inside Hopeland Gardens, it tells you the story of horse training, races and the history thereof. It has the jockey histories and colors. Don't miss it.

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2 Thank Ron B
Washington DC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

The saddest thing about this little gem is the lost potential. You walk into a really neat building and its beauty touches you. The docent, nice enough. doesn't move from their desk so you wander around aimlessly, w/o any story. What could be done? You walk over the threshold and a tape is playing... " Around the far turn, its... More 

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1 Thank Paoball
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015 via mobile

The museum is surrounded by a beautiful park with ponds and walking paths. The museum is done by donation and it is a 2 story building with stairs. Mostly centered around the Aiken race track and winners from there and also where they have won other races. A must for horse lovers or especially racers.

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Jarrell, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2015

There is nothing fancy or complicated about what they do here. They have dozens of displays describing individual horses that have made significant contributions to thoroughbred racing that have connections to Aiken, the most recent being Palace Malice. Very interesting, and worth an hour or so visit.

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McCormick, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2014

It was a small museum, which was fine with me, as I don't follow horse racing. If you are involved in Aiken horse racing, they had trophies, articles, etc. about various race horses and owners. I wouldn't suggest going to Hopeland Gardens just for the museum unless you are an avid racing fan.

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