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The Speed Art Museum, Louisville

(4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
The Speed Art Museum, originally known as the J. B. Speed Memorial Museum, is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum. It was founded in 1925 by Hattie Bishop Speed as a memorial to her husband, James Breckinridge Speed, a prominent Louisville businessman and philanthropist.

The Speed Art Museum recently reopened its doors after a three-year expansion project. The new 60,000-square-foot North Building creates one of the finest experiential art museums in the country and doubles the overall square footage and nearly triple the gallery space from the existing wing. The expansion creates a state-of-the-art space for larger special exhibitions, new contemporary art galleries, a family education welcome center, indoor/outdoor café, museum shop, theater, and a multifunctional pavilion for performances, lectures and entertaining. Additionally, the new Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and public Piazza was created for the display of sculpture that will engage University of Louisville students and faculty and museum visitors.
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  • First trip since the grand reopening of the Speed. Was so impressed with the layout. Seems that unlike the old space the art has more room and is not crammed together. Love the updated lighting. Could...  more »
  • this is not a boring place, the art is tastefully displayed, and the notes about it is verywell written, never boring. it tells us about the arts, makes us question ourself, I loved it! the display by...  more »
  • My wife and I took my nine year old granddaughter to the Speed Museum. All three of us loved it. Our favorites were the Kentucky room and the ancient area. The sculpture of "The Prodigal' was magnific...  more »
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  • Well curated and fun. Sundays are free, the collection is not the largest but the way it is presented is informative and the staff is very involved in helping guests understand the pieces they have. Great educational environment for the kids as it's a quick trip that doesn't languish in old dusty rooms.
  • I went with my friend and it was a wonderful experience. The actual museum is stunning, and they have wonderful pieces of art, sculpture, design, and textiles. Their Artspark program is also incredible, and allows young children to get engaged with art and play with its components. One of my absolute favorite things in Louisville!
  • On of the best museums in Louisville! The treasures are breathtaking! The tapestry room is a must see, as is most everything in there, I look forward to going back, as some of the exhibits were still being restored! The receptionists were very helpful in planning our visits, thanks! :)
  • The new redesign was great... Super collection. It's really a 1st class museum that Louisville should be proud of.
  • Entry is free on Sundays! If you get parking early its a great place to go on the Louisville campus. Some exhibits are of course not for everyone, but their is a large variety of different styles to grab your attention.