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Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum
Ranked #7 of 25 things to do in Aiken
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Aiken, South Carolina, United States
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Interesting”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

I only go when it is Christmas time and I always enjoy it. I see the lights at Hopeland Gardens and then get hot chocolate and cookes and go through the museum.

Visited December 2012
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Aiken, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“for racing and polo fans”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Much of Aiken history revolves around horses. this museum has an excellent display and history of both the polo background and the throoughbred horses who have excelled in the major races and won awards. Polo has been played in Aiken uninterrupted for over 100 years.

Visited April 2013
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Munster, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
331 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Great museum if you are into horse racing.”
Reviewed 29 April 2013

On the grounds near the Rye Patch the museum is amongst beautiful walking trails and gardens. It highlights horses that were trained in Aiken and went on to win big races.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Legends who loved and trained in Aiken are all here!”
Reviewed 7 April 2013

When she learned I was a fan of a particular horse who raced in the early 1970s, the Museum's supervisor took me up to her office where she showed me some recently-bequeathed artifacts from that filly's trainer's family. Wow! This is a MUST DO for fans of TB racing. Be aware the exhibit is only open 2-to-5 pm on weekdays; check website for more hours.

Visited April 2013
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Terre Haute, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
514 reviews
82 attraction reviews
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“You will learn something”
Reviewed 12 February 2013

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is hidden in Hopeland Gardens in Aiken. There is usually lots of free parking. The museum is in a stable. It covers some interesting history of horse racing of thoroughbreds from the Aiken area. While no Churchill Downs, it is a place where you can learn some things about horse racing. A lot of people do not know that at one time Aiken was one of those places where people trained their horses for the races up North. Every March, on the weekend, the Aiken area comes alive with the Steeplechase races and the horse racing at the training tracks. People put on their best attire and it becomes one big spring tailgate party. It is something to see and the museum gives you a flavor of the history of horses in Aiken.

Visited February 2013
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