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The Speed Art Museum, Louisville

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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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  • Wow.. what a gem in the city. So worth stopping in and seeing this amazing building and all the art. There is art for everyone in there. The collection is amazing and well laid out. 
    Wow.. what a gem in the city. So worth stopping in and seeing this amazing building and all the art. There is art for everyone in there. The collection is amazing and well laid out.  more »
  • This is a very nice smaller art museum. It had textiles, furniture, sculpture and many works of painted art. Great place to visit if you only have an hour or two. Very nice, reasonably priced gift... 
    This is a very nice smaller art museum. It had textiles, furniture, sculpture and many works of painted art. Great place to visit if you only have an hour or two. Very nice, reasonably priced gift...  more »
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  • Free admission on Sunday and free parking meters on Sunday make this the best day to go. Three levels of art. Really great place so allow yourself two hours to see it all
  • Even if you are not a huge art goer, the Speed Art Museum is a fantastic place to visit. You can see works of art from Kentuckians and world artists. There is free admission on Sunday to the museum, excluding the featured exhibit. Highly recommend everyone to go.

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