FTBOA Museum & Gallery

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' & Owners' Association Museum and Gallery features the history and promotion of the Florida thoroughbred in the Horse Capital of the World, Ocala/Marion County. According to a national horse census survey, the county has more horses and ponies than any other in the United States. In addition the area is one of the top thoroughbred breeding regions in the world and number 2 in the U.S. The limestone rich soil and springs aquifers create strong horses. The museum features Florida's first Kentucky Derby winner Needles' 1956 trophy along with the Needles collection. Dr. Fager, still the world record holder for the dirt mile run in 1968, is also featured with his famed "speeding ticket" issued to him as a publicity stunt shortly after his arrival back to his hometown. The museum includes the Affirmed collection, America's last Triple Crown winner in 1978. In addition, an extensive gallery of original art graces the wall of the museum, research library and boardroom. Complimentary admission, although a charitable donation for the Florida Thoroughbred Charities horse retirement farm and student scholarships is welcome. Hours-Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 12-1).

Amenities

Activities

Educational Sessions Available, Natural Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Multilingual Staff, Parking

Average Visit Time

Less than 1 hour

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant, ADA Information, Handicapped Parking, Wheelchair-friendly

Guest Information

Children Allowed, Family Friendly, LGBT Friendly, Parental Permission Needed, Wireless (Wi-Fi)

Hours of Operation

Dates closed: Weekends/Holidays, Hours: 8;30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Open Year-Round

Location

Airport, Biking Trails Nearby, Expressway/Interstate, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails Nearby, Mainland, Restaurant Nearby, Shopping Nearby, Spa Nearby