The Speed Art Museum is being transformed into a destination that will put Louisville in the national spotlight. Be part of the change.

Substantial in scale and even more remarkable in design and potential, the expansion and renovation project will bring the Speed Art Museum’s total space to 200,000 square feet.

A transformed Speed opens the door to a changing and growing community.

The changes now happening at the Speed will create unprecedented opportunities for Louisville and beyond:

  • Increased space for contemporary galleries and special exhibitions as well as permanent collections

  • Larger, more flexible galleries that will vastly improve the museum’s ability to provide insightful programming to every facet of the community

  • New state-of-the-art 150 seat theater boasting 35mm, 16mm and digital film

  • Dedicated gallery space featuring a significant collection of early Kentucky fine and decorative arts

  • Multipurpose pavilion, indoor/outdoor gathering space and scenic piazza that can be used for performances and local events

Be part of the most notable art movement in Louisville history.

The Speed’s initiative to transform itself through art, innovative programming, architecture and landscape design builds on the original plans for the museum. When the Speed was founded nearly a century ago, philanthropist Hattie Bishop Speed worked with Louisville architect Arthur Loomis to execute a clear and simple vision: Create an exceptional facility, place it in a beautiful setting, fill it with wonderful art and open its doors to everyone.

With your help, the Speed Art Museum will bring this vision to life through world-class exhibitions and high quality programming. Your gift strengthens the Museum’s endowment and ensures the future of the Speed for generations to come.

We look forward to Changing Speed with you.

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The Speed Art Museum’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

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