Springfield Art Museum, Springfield

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Welcome to the Springfield Art Museum where you are encouraged to ENJOY, LEARN, and CREATE.

There is always something new and exciting to inspire you, whether it’s our expansive permanent collection (19th, 20th, and 21st century American paintings, watercolor, sculpture, and prints) or a featured current exhibit.

Try sparking your creativity with one of our many lectures or art classes. Come see what the Springfield Art Museum has to offer, then plan on coming back because enjoying, learning, and creating never stop.

Our Mission: The Springfield Art Museum is dedicated to enhancing the education and documenting the diverse cultural heritage of the people of southwest Missouri, through the collection, preservation and exhibition of art objects.

Our Vision: The Springfield Art Museum recognizes the past and embraces the future as a collaborator and catalyst for the transformation of individuals and the community through art. The Art Museum is a vital partner in the economic development of the city and values collaboration. The Museum will actively cultivate the use of its facilities both interior and exterior as a cultural resource for its citizens through the continued expansion of its permanent collection, creative development and expansion of exhibitions and providing educational outreach to the citizens of Southwest Missouri.
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  • This museum is such a treasure for Springfield. There is no entrance fee and the special exhibits are fabulous. I recently attended a guided tour of the Nick Cave SoundSuits and really enjoyed the in-...  more »
  • From the moment we walked into the museum our experience was terrible. The front desk people were too concerned with an evening ballet performance to give us more than a curt hello. Aside from a few o...  more »
  • This museum offers classes, special exhibits and a nice (but smallish) display from the permanent collection. I especially enjoyed seeing an excellent 20th Century pottery exhibit recently.  more »
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  • The beadwork exhibit is very intriguing an amazing how these women spend several months to a year working on them. This is there life! And then the exhibit with pictures and stories of the homeless in Springfield is very drawing. A must-see and read. The entire exhibit opens Saturday they said.
  • Beautiful art and statue installations. The entry way has a gorgeous colorful glass installation. The hallway to the water color exhibit has a beautiful rainbow string installation. The museum is free and has art from other countries, older portrait art, and contemporary water colors. The floor was not properly marked to warn you how close was too close to set off the alarm. And so it can happen to you which leads to anxiety about remaining direcrly in the center of the room. I don't know if the statues have the same berth. My daughter had a panic attack about setting off the alarms. So that kind of ruined it for me. But it was a lovely museum.... Better if the floor was marked in anyway...
  • I heart, heart, heart the Springfield Art Museum for many reasons.For one, it's cozied up next door to Phelps Grove Park and is a mainstay for the Phelps Grove neighborhood in general. Team Phelps!For two, the building is a modern, airy beauty on the outside and doesn't look like it could possibly contain the numerous halls on the inside.Off the top of my head, I think I can count six or seven different exhibit halls/rooms, not counting a courtyard stuffed with art installations, a monstrous auditorium, a quaint gift shop, and a hall of classrooms. The art exhibits themselves range from local artists to historical portraits to modern art. Much of the seating matches its respective wing.
  • What a jewel of a museum! The art on exhibit here was captivating. A local friend of mine clued me in to the fact that they have a Chihuly chandelier permanently installed in their lobby. This is a free museum, but our family was happy to make a donation in support.
  • Amazing displays, wonderfully well cleaned facility. Events there are always one of a kind. They often have musicals inside or summer plays outside. Not the typical "stuffy" environment pictured when thinking about art exhibits, instead it is a colorful and inviting atmosphere.
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