The Speed Art Museum, originally known as the J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, now colloquially referred to as the Speed by locals, is the oldest, largest, and foremost museum of art in Kentucky. It is located in Louisville, Kentucky on Third Street next to the University of Louisville Belknap campus and receives around 180,000 visits annually.
The museum offers visitors a variety of "art experiences" outside its collection and international exhibitions, including the Speed Concert Series, the Art Sparks Interactive Family Gallery, and the popular late-night event, After Hours at the Speed.
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 5:00 PM|
Claire Allen | Jan 29, 2018
Great place to see a variety at a reasonable price (and it’s Free in Sundays thru 2021). Also enjoy the movies they offer.
Nick S | Nov 25, 2017
This is a great museum with regularly rotating exhibits. I worked here back in 2009 and have been visiting ever since. The remodel makes me miss the museum that I grew up with but it turned out great and made room for bigger exhibits.
Carol J | Nov 20, 2017
A fabulous and beautiful place to spend some valuable leisure time! I found the staff to be helpful and friendly. The Speed Cinema offerings are current one-of-a-kind Cannes Festival as well as other national and international award-winning faire! I was really impressed and I really enjoyed my visit there to see the uniquely visual "Loving Vincent" (Van Gogh) artistically-drawn movie and I plan to return quite often!
Mary Morgan | Feb 17, 2018
After Hours at the Speed is WAY too crowded. We are members. Got tix. Couldn't even get in to see the new exhibit. Please rethink this format.
Ken Kalmey | Jan 10, 2018
Our first visit ever and I'm 71 years old. Great snack bar.
Linda Roe | Mar 28, 2018
I have enjoyed the Speed Art Museum for over thirty five years. I have enjoyed classes, tours, dinners, exhibits and volunteering in the gift shop. Since they remodeled, I have visited the museum but not been as active as I have been in the past. The remodeled museum is gorgeous and was well worth the wait.
Laurie Arshonsky | Mar 26, 2018
Women Artists in the Impressionist Age was spectacular! Art culled from 11 countries was inspiring and beautiful! Tea and scones in the cafe was a real lift and delightful! Well done Speed Team!
Nick Grewal | Mar 25, 2018
Great weird museum with stuff all jumbled up together. A bit more expensive than it has to be but art is always worth it
Chelsey Gahm | Apr 26, 2018
Great museum. Free on Sundays. Expect to spend over 2 hours if you are truly interested in the art. If not, you can easily browse right through in less than 2 hours.
Diane Lippelt-Dunnings | May 10, 2018
A beautiful place to visit. The collection without the special exhibitions is great. The addition of the theater is also good
Laura Lee | Apr 14, 2018
"Women Artists in the Impressionist Age," is a must-see collection! It will be at the Speed through May 2018.
Laura Ann | Jun 1, 2018
The renovated art museum has a great modern feel to it. Although many art exhibits showcase older art an many of the movies shown reflect on historical subjects, the atmosphere an architecture of the place make everything feel like new. Great place !
M H | Jun 10, 2018
My daughter and I went on a field trip here with her class and had a great time. There were many hands on things for the kids to do that made them think. It was great seeing them try to figure out things. We got to walk around looking at the different art and then got a tour guide who took us on a trip. The kids got passports that they marked in as they visited different pieces of art from around the world. My daughter showed hers to her dad and grandma and talked about what she learned there. Will definitely be going back (only next time with all the kids).
Carrie Maysonet | May 28, 2018
Amazing! The staff went above and beyond. I was there 3+hrs n still didn't see everything. This museum has such a vast array of are n exhibits and is massive. Very nice lay out.
Matthew Nickel | Jun 13, 2018
Thoughtful, powerful, amazingly curated art museum. The community outreach of the Speed is generous. The children’s section for hands on art is great!
Elise Oblander | Jul 2, 2018
Wow they have changed their building and it's fantastic for a college owned art museum! I'm highly impressed with their offerings for summer camps for kids. Highly impressed also with the renovated building and extreme friendly staff. They have some gorgeous pieces that should not be missed! Their cafe is delicious. It's tranquil, sophisticated and inspirational.
Allegra Jones | Jul 3, 2018
I was glad they had the movie I wanted to see. It was not at any of the regular theatres. The theatre was nice and the museum was beautiful. Tickets were not very expensive. The venue was nice. I just wish the people were a little more polite. I went to the gift shop after the movie and I asked the lady if there was a cover charge for the museum. Her response was literally, "We're closing in 10 minutes" and then she mumbled on about the rates on the different days. I honestly couldn't understand what she said about the prices. I replied, " I just wondered because no one stopped me at the door." I really wanted to know how much it cost to get in but all this lady wanted to tell me is that they were closing.... But at least there were some nice people working there.
Kent Gilbert | Jul 3, 2018
The new addition has made a good museum great. This collection is an assortment of artistic jewels, now with enough space to give them context and breathing room. The addition also affords space for special exhibits. The recent Picasso to Pollock was a delight. There's enough here to spend the day, but even if you only have an hour between meetings, you will find inspiration, beauty, and artistic range for every taste.
Caressa Al-Khateeb | Jun 22, 2018
Quite a variety of interesting pieces. Lots of unique items you won't find anywhere else. I'm not sure why it is called Speed Art. We arrived with only one hour to peruse and we were rushed and still missed a lot. You definitely need a few hours if you like to read descriptions, pause at pieces and/or take photos (no flash photography ). I would definitely return. Note: Free on Sundays and accepts token donations. I recommend this place.
Mr. G | Jun 28, 2018
A wonderful treasure in the city, even more so since its $60 million renovation and expansion completed in 2017. Excellent collections and special exhibits, strong cinema program, good cafe. And thanks to a generous endowment, admission is free on Sundays. Well worth a visit and returns.
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