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The Speed Art Museum

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Address: 2035 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40208-1812
Phone Number: 502 634 2700
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Features paintings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Rubens, as well as...

Features paintings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Rubens, as well as contemporary art exhibits.

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Wonderful museum

We visited this amazing art museum with our 2 grandchildren and all of us loved it. Every exhibit was set up well, and the guards were so informative. They were as good as most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this amazing art museum with our 2 grandchildren and all of us loved it. Every exhibit was set up well, and the guards were so informative. They were as good as most docents! We learned so much! The children's space was so exciting and fun that all generations enjoyed it. I think we spent an extra 3/4 hour... More 

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Long Beach, California
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an impressive museum for Louisville and showcases the collection very, very nicely. Great open spaces. Wonderful lighting. Helpful staff. Wonderful mix of classic and modern works from international and local artists. Giovanni Paolo Panini to W.A. Hadley and African Art to Ralph Eugene Meatyard photographs. Plan to spend a few hours. Great addition to the city!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WOW! Yesterday was my first time visiting the newly renovated and extremely expanded Speed Art Museum (is it no longer called J.B. Speed Art Museum?). I was incredibly impressed and, for the several hours we were meandering around, forgot I was in Louisville and thought I was back in DC! This museum is THAT quality! it was open, accessible, diverse,... More 

1 Thank DonaldLMT
Lexington, Kentucky
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264 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We had been waiting a while for the museum to reopen and the new addition is great. There is an open feel to it and it vastly increases space available especially for larger art works. There were several new exhibits on display and a lot of Kentucky art when we went as well. If you haven't been in a while,... More 

1 Thank Elaine M
Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

The building's modern architecture and design is impressive! Quite an array of local and international artists and their works. The renovation paid off! The African art was particularly interesting and exciting to learn about.

1 Thank Rebeca D
Owensboro, KY
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229 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

My daughters and I spent a couple hours here and enjoyed the displays, especially the phenomenal addition. We especially enjoyed the Artsparks area. There are many creative activites for children and adults to enjoy. The staff at the Speed is amazingly friendly and helpful too.

2 Thank bluegrassmom3
Louisville, Kentucky
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Visited the Speed with a friend and enjoyed our afternoon there. There is a wide variety of art in the museum; I particularly enjoyed the art of Kentucky exhibit located on the bottom floor. Some of the exhibits seemed a bit jumbled and disconnected but hopefully as the museum acquires more works there will be a more cohesive feel to... More 

2 Thank SuzustarTravels
Louisville, Kentucky
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I toured this museum as we had heard how nice it is. It was that and more. As one who has been to art museums in both Europe and the US, I can honestly say The Speed is world class. A variety of well thought out exhibits in an easy to navigate environment. Good, close parking, nice... More 

3 Thank Fred S
Louisville< KY
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We felt unwelcome from the moment we walked in the door. The "security people" with headsets were everywhere staring myself and my kids down. We were stalked like shoplifters during the entire visit. What an unfriendly atmosphere!

2 Thank NotsoLucky
Louisville, Kentucky
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123 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

The newly renovated Speed Art Museum is a real treasure. The collections are impressive, the new building is impressive, and the place feels comfortable and not at all like a stuff art museum. Local art, lots of modern art, great classics and a really cool, interactive area for kids in Art Sparks. Definitely something for everyone here. And, as opposed... More 

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