In the midst of constant Derby planning, dress finding,  hat making and hostess gift buying, there is one place that is oft forgotten as a great resource for Derby shopping. It’s a one-stop shop for all things Derby, and it’s sitting right under our noses:

The Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Barbaro, a most beloved horse, greets guests to the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Barbaro, a most-beloved horse, greets guests at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Yes, the place where you took the tour. Yes, the place where you went to that great special event. Yes, the place you pass by on the way to the track and think, “You know, I should go in there.”

You should go in there to shop. The parking is free. You don’t need a ticket. You don’t need to go to the track. It’s easy, and it’s all right there. Plus, they have all of the licensed Kentucky Derby merchandise that’s so difficult to find anywhere else.

We know you have taken a tour of the museum.  Now, let’s take a tour of the gift shop.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:The entrance to the Finish Line Gift Shop.

The entrance to the Finish Line Gift Shop

Here’s just a sampling of what they have to offer:

HATS

The Derby Museum has an excellent selection of hats for both men and women. They have straw hats and fedoras for men and fascinators and hats for women. All are at excellent price points and look great!

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Men's hats retail for $28-$122.

Men’s hats retail for $28 to $122.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:This young lassie is trying her hand at picking out a Derby Hat.

This young lassie is trying out Derby hats.

VINEYARD VINES

The Kentucky Derby-licensed Vineyard Vines merchandise is definitely a Derby must-have. For all you Vineyard Vines fans, there is merchandise here you won’t see anywhere else.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Vineyard Vines long ties and bow ties available starting at $

Vineyard Vines long ties are $85; bow ties are $65

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Vineyard Vines men's belts for $49.50.

Check out the Vineyard Vines men’s belts for $49.50 each.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Vineyard Vines patchwork clutch for $125.

Vineyard Vines patchwork clutch for $125

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Vineyard Vines ribbon fascinator for $68.

Vineyard Vines ribbon fascinator for $68

HANDBAGS, TOTES AND CLUTCHES

The gift shop has taken all of the track’s size restrictions into account and the guesswork out of the equation in regard to totes and clutches. They have handbags and clutches in the right size and great totes for bringing in all of your other necessary items.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Bits and bridle oilcloth tote for $29.95.

Bits and bridle oilcloth tote for $29.95

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Felt clutches with horsebit accents for $89.

Felt clutches with horsebit accents for $89

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Totes with an accompanying approved sized clutch for $68. Comes in gray, teal, and orange.

These totes with accompanying approved-sized clutches for $68 come in gray, teal and orange.

JEWELRY

A variety of jewelry is available in the gift shop, and ranges from the costume level to Rebecca Hook, who sells at only one other boutique in town.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Alex and Ani horseshoe bracelets.

Alex & Ani horseshoe bracelets

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:

Rebecca Hook jewelry ranges from $75 to $285.

HOME DECOR

Arthur Court pewter, glass stemware and items that look like they are from a wedding registry make up the home decor section. You could buy a wedding gift here or a really nice hostess gift.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Pewter oblong tray by Arthur Court for $156.

Pewter oblong tray by Arthur Court for $156

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Kentucky Derby official wine glasses for $38 each.

Kentucky Derby official wine glasses for $38 each

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Three horseshoe pewter bowl server for $72.

Three-horseshoe pewter bowl server for $72

FOR YOUR HOME DERBY PARTY

Knowing locals like to celebrate at home, the gift shop has all the trappings for a great home Derby party, with official Kentucky Derby 2015 paper goods, glasses and even Kentucky-made food items.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Assorted Kentucky made food products.

Assorted Kentucky-made food products run the gamut.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Official 2015 Kentucky Derby glass (empty of course) for $6.

Official 2015 Kentucky Derby glass (empty, of course) for $6

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:

Official Kentucky Derby paper plates, napkins and cups

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Paper plates and napkins in Derby theme. Plates are $6.95 and napkins are $5.25.

Derby-themed paper plates and napkins are available for $6.95 (plates) and $5.25 (napkins).

GOOD GIFTS

For a great Derby- or horse-related gift, peruse the huge selection of prints and memorabilia. There is also a large selection for kids, as well as smaller gifts, such as nice key chains and knickknacks.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Jockey pins for all the winners since 1875.

Check out the jockey pins of all the winners since 1875.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Ribbon horsebit keychains starting at $37.

Ribbon horsebit key chains start at $37.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Assortment of Children's toys.

The assortment of children’s toys includes adorable horse plush animals.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:

Signed Derby prints are perfect for Derby devotees.

OTHER NECESSITIES (FOR THE TRACK)

Ibuprofen, batteries, ponchos and even a warm shawl are all things you don’t realize you need until it becomes imperative. At that point, it’s time to head to the Derby Museum Gift Store.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Stock up on all emergency items here.

Stock up on all emergency items here.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop for Derby Shopping:Alpaca shawls in gray, beige and rose for $148.

Alpaca shawls in gray, beige and rose for $148 each are available at the gift store.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is located at 704 Central Ave., adjacent to Churchill Downs. Parking is free, and you can shop without buying a ticket to the museum during open hours, which are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at (502) 637-1111 or at www.derbymuseum.org.