About the Museum
The Speed Art Museum, originally known as the J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum. Founded by Hattie Bishop Speed as a memorial to her husband, James Breckinridge Speed, in 1925, the museum has grown from a mere 100 American and European artists to a collection that spans ancient, classical and modern art from across the globe. Included in the collection are artworks by Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Maurice Utrillo and Rembrandt’s, Portrait of a Woman. After a 50 million dollar, three year expansion and renovation from 2012 to 2016, the Speed Art Museum welcomes in over 180,000 visitors a year.