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The Speed Art Museum

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Address: 2035 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40208-1812
Phone Number:
+1 502-634-2700
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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LOVE this museum!

We have visited the Speed Museum for years and ways have a marvelous time. Art Sparks is a great playplace for young and old. The collection at the museum and the traveling... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the Speed Museum for years and ways have a marvelous time. Art Sparks is a great playplace for young and old. The collection at the museum and the traveling exhibits are always marvelous. The building itself is beautiful. The curators are knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend visiting the Speed and go there myself at every opportunity.

Thank Caraflute
Louisville, Kentucky
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the Speed Art Museum (formerly J.B.Speed), but had not been back since it underwent a three year renovation. It was very inviting to enter, with glass exterior and lots of light everywhere. The face of the museum is now clear glass, which provides a very clean look, inside and out. There was a group of U... More 

1 Thank Shirley H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this accidentally in our brochures and turned out to be a great gem! The "Obama" tapestry in the contemporary section of the museum is just phenomenal! It's hard to tell it's a tapestry, really looks like a photo print on fabric or something. Many beautiful pieces in all styles. Free Sundays btw!!

Thank rkramadh
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5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Visited this museum on a *free sunday* and loved it! When you walk in, the first room or two feel a little disjointed, but then as you move through the whole museum it comes together. They had some really cool exhibits, like the room from an English home reassembled in the museum and the tapestries. I also really appreciated the... More 

1 Thank Jo H
san francisco
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107 reviews
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Speed museum is well worth a trip. Has a good collection of modern art, painting, and the like. And when we were there the Native American special show was really informative. There is a section with older religious work.

Thank carolkSanFrancisco
Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

First trip since the grand reopening of the Speed. Was so impressed with the layout. Seems that unlike the old space the art has more room and is not crammed together. Love the updated lighting. Could easily spend 4-5 hours there. The docents were very helpful.

Thank Wanda O
Paris, France
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

this is not a boring place, the art is tastefully displayed, and the notes about it is verywell written, never boring. it tells us about the arts, makes us question ourself, I loved it! the display by itself is a good combination ; we spend several hours, loving it ... and even forgot about lunch ! We'll go back, I... More 

Thank Claude B
Tennessee, USA
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191 reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

My wife and I took my nine year old granddaughter to the Speed Museum. All three of us loved it. Our favorites were the Kentucky room and the ancient area. The sculpture of "The Prodigal' was magnificent.

Thank RobTennessee_USA
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

In addition to fine art, the Museum presents descriptions of the works with many "back stories" of the pieces and the artists... So walking through their collections gives you a much fuller experience than the "average" art museum... Very well done and worth the visit.

Thank DocHarrisHHI
Athens, Greece
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191 reviews
75 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

The Speed Museum is a gem, a private institution surrounded by the University of Louisville. We were impressed by the quality of contextual information provided for displays as well as the intrinsic interest of the displays. Don't miss the Manship sculpture and the Grange room. I can't remember the last time so many exhibits resonated with me.

Thank Visitor_from_Athens

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