The Speed Art Museum
The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum, is located along south Third Street in downtown Louisville. The museum was originally founded as the J.B. Speed Memorial Museum in 1925 by Hattie Bishop Speed in honor of her husband James Breckinridge, a well-known businessman and Philanthropist. Collections at the museum showcase a wide variety of art from around the world, including ancient, classical, and modern art. The facility is currently being renovated--at an estimated cost of $50 million--to include a larger exhibition space, welcome center, theater, and education center.
Backstory and Context
The museum was renovated in 1996 after James Breckinridge's granddaughter gifted $50 million to the Speed's endowment. The facility reopened in 1997 and is supported entirely by donations, endowments, grants, ticket sales, and memberships.
The Speed is once again closed for a major renovation.