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The Speed Art Museum, Louisville

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 85+ 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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  • It was well worth the wait to gain back the Speed Art Museum. What was a solid collection has turned into a destination for exhibitions. I found out today that we are getting an installation of Ai Wei...  read more »
  • My aunt and I decided to go here on a whim while I was in Louisville visiting. I'm glad that we did. I really enjoyed the room dedicated to the art of Gaela Erwin. She is a contemporary Louisville art...  read more »
  • The museum's renovations have elevated it was one Louisville's best attractions. We finally took advantage of free Sunday admission, but after spending the afternoon there I would have gladly paid adm...  read more »
  • 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! :)
  • 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.
  • The Speed is WONDERFUL. We are thrilled with the new installs. This is the gallery Louisville has been waiting for. Very impressed. Highly recommended.
  • Wonderful experience. I went on a free Sunday so it was a little crowded, but still well worth the visit. Wonderful exhibits in a beautiful space.
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