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Speed Art Museum Reopens After Three-Year Renovation and Expansion

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — After being closed for more than three years for a massive $60 million renovation, the Speed Art Museum, Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum, reopens March 12.

The expansion features two sleek new buildings and a new outdoor sculpture park along with a major renovation of the Speed’s original 1927 building. The expansion more than doubles the Speed’s overall square footage and nearly triples the gallery space.

One of the centerpieces of the expansion is the new 62,500-square-foot, largely transparent North Building, whose large spaces provide new opportunities for displaying contemporary works of art.

A new South Building has a state-of-the-art 142-seat cinema that has a variety of projection systems. The renovated original building has new dedicated space in its lower gallery for the museum’s strong collection of Kentucky decorative art.