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Speed Art Museum to reopen to public on July 5; free admission to all frontline healthcare workers


The Speed Art Museum has announced that it will reopen to visitors following a nearly four-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 5, the Speed will open to the general public starting at 10 a.m.

This reopening is consistent with Gov. Andy Beshear’s guidelines for museums, and is compliant with the state’s Healthy at Work requirements as well as guidelines put forth by the CDC, designed to keep both guests and staff healthy and safe.

“My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming guests back to the Museum, and I can think of no better way to celebrate reopening than with our long-anticipated, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, Andy Warhol: Revelation,” said Museum Director Stephen Reily. “Our highest priority remains, and always has been, keeping our staff, community, and our collection safe. A visit to the Speed has always been a low-touch experience, with plenty of space to spread out and safely enjoy our collection.

The Speed Art Museum has announced it will open to the general public on July 5 starting at 10 a.m.

“My colleagues and I will be wearing masks ourselves and using our state-of-the-art air filtration system, reduced admission levels, and time-ticketing to make sure our guests understand and prioritize those concerns as well.”

“We are also excited to offer free admission to all frontline healthcare workers for one full year (through June 30, 2021),” Reily added. “People who work in hospitals, ambulances, and nursing homes are putting their own lives at risk to care for others and for our community, and we want to thank and welcome them to the Speed.”

The Speed will operate under revised hours until otherwise announced. The Museum’s new hours of operation will be Fridays from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday admission will allow only 125 people at a time access to the North Building only, where guests can enjoy Andy Warhol: Revelation, The World Turned Upside Down: A Contemporary Response, and selections from The Adele and Leonard Leight Glassworks Collection.

In order to guarantee entrance to the Museum and to comply with capacity limitations as outlined in the Governor’s guidelines, members and guests are being encouraged to reserve/purchase timed tickets at www.speedmuseum.org in advance of their visit to the Museum. Walk-up tickets may be available based on capacity.

Upon entry to the Museum, all guests will be required to wear a face covering and agree to a code of conduct stating that they will abide by designated safety measures within the Museum and that they are not sick, and have not knowingly displayed symptoms of or tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 14 days.

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High-touch areas such as the front desk, elevators, and stairwells will be adjusted to minimize person-to-person contact and will be cleaned frequently through the day. Art Sparks, the interactive gallery for all ages, the Speed Cinema, and Wiltshire at the Speed Cafe will remain closed until further notice.

Baird is the official sponsor of the reopening of the Speed. Thanks to Baird’s generous support, the Speed will be reopening under all CDC Guidelines and with extensive procedures and protections to ensure the safety of each guest. Without this support, the Speed would not be able to reopen to the public so quickly.

“We’re pleased and proud to support the reopening of the Speed Museum, one of Louisville’s great assets, with a special focus on the health and safety of its visitors,” said Jim Allen, Vice Chairman of Baird.

“During this time of closure, the Speed’s mission to invite everyone to celebrate art forever has been alive and well through our digital platforms,” said Reily. “We are grateful that we can once again safely welcome the community back into the Museum and are hopeful that the Speed can serve as a space for healing, reflection, and inspiration.”

From Speed Art Museum


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