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The Speed Art Museum isn’t going away.
It’s simply changing.

Actually, there's nothing simple about the change. Now in the midst of a three-year expansion project, the Speed Art Museum is being completely re-imagined inside and out. Our doors are now closed, but you can visit us here to get updates as they happen.

Local speed makes its home in NULU

People at Local Speed Museum
People at Local Speed Museum
People at Local Speed Museum
People at Local Speed Museum
People at Local Speed Museum
People at Local Speed Museum

    822 East Market Street
    Open Fridays 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    and Saturdays 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Local Speed serves as the Museum’s satellite space during the renovation and expansion, hosting unique programming, special exhibitions, family art activities and events. It’s a wonderful way to experience art at a slightly different Speed.


    See Speed About Town below for upcoming programs.

    Speed About Town

    During the Speed's renovation and expansion project, visit our satellite space, Local Speed, Friday 12-8 pm and Saturday 11-4 pm on 822 East Market Street for special exhibitions, family activities and events. You can also join us as we Speed About Town.

    On Display April 4 - July 19,2014

    "Art of the Streets: The French Poster, 1880-1930"

    Visit Local Speed at 822 East Market Street to view our 4th exhibition, "Art of the Streets: The French Poster, 1880-1930." This exhibition features intimate versions of well-known prints by master printmakers such as Jules Cheret, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and others, displaying the dazzling heights of the French poster. Rarely shown, the prints were donated to the Speed in 1949 as a gift from the French Gratitude Train - boxcars filled with gifts were sent to Americans in appreciation for supplies given to France and Italy following World War II. This show will be on display April 4 - July 19. Click the title of the show above to see our Curatorial Department discussing the history of this collection!

    Friday, April 25th, 2014 6pm

    Curator Lecture

    Join us at Local Speed to hear our curatorial experts share their insight on the current exhibition "Art of the Streets: The French Poster, 1880-1930" and learn the history behind the French poster era. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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    It’s an amazing change you have to see

      The transformation of the Speed Art Museum is a work in progress that will be complete in early 2016. Substantial in scale and even more remarkable in design and potential, the $60+ million expansion will bring the museum’s total space to 200,000 square feet. The project plans also include an indoor/outdoor café, a gift shop and an events pavilion.

      Join in the changing of the speed

      Fpo Horsey Fpo Stairs Fpo Picnic

      With your help, the Speed Art Museum will become a destination that puts Louisville in the national spotlight.

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