Know Before You Go

Welcome back to the Speed! Protecting guests, staff, volunteers, and art plays a crucial role in our mission: “We invite everyone to celebrate art forever.” We are a low-contact environment with spacious galleries, enhanced air-cleaning technology, and minimal shared surfaces. Following recommendations from the CDC and the State of Kentucky, we have developed additional guidelines to keep everyone safe during your upcoming visit.


Reopening is generously sponsored by Baird.

All visitors age 12 or older must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend any event or program at the Speed. Proof of vaccination is NOT currently required for general admission to the Museum or its exhibitions. See below for details.

The Speed’s staff is fully vaccinated and have chosen to be vaccinated for their own safety and the safety of our guests.

Policy details:

  • All visitors age 12 and older are required to provide proof of vaccination for any event or program that requires registration (e.g. workshops, lectures, After Hours, Speed Cinema screenings). Proof of vaccination is NOT currently required for general admission to the Museum or its exhibitions. 
  • Vaccination documentation must be authentic and reflect that visitors are fully vaccinated, having received their final dose at least two weeks prior to the day of their visit. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC COVID-19 vaccination card or a photo of the card.
  • Staff will verify documentation upon your arrival, but the museums will not collect or store this information. Please do not email your documentation in advance of your visit.
  • Visitors younger than 12 years old do not need to provide proof of vaccination to enter but must adhere to all other visitor policies (including the wearing of masks) and must be accompanied by an adult who has satisfied the above requirements.
  • Any person who does not meet these requirements may be denied entry to the museum’s events and programs, notwithstanding their reservations.

To create a pleasant and safe experience for everyone, please be kind to other guests and our staff by respecting the guidelines outlined below.

As of August 13, 2021, the Speed requires all guests to wear masks inside, regardless of vaccination status.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms (including cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell), or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, we ask that you please delay your visit. To reschedule or refund tickets, please contact Guest Relations at 502.634.2700.

To ensure proper social distancing, we have placed a limit on the number of guests allowed into the Museum, and individual galleries, at one time. We encourage you to buy your ticket online. Tickets with a designated entry time can be purchased online, by phone, or in person. We cannot guarantee that all times will be available when purchasing in person – we encourage you to buy your ticket online. Please arrive at the time you have selected and present your tickets to Guest Relations. There may be a short wait when entering the Museum or select galleries based on social distancing capacity requirements. We encourage you to begin your visit with the ticketed exhibition, and we ask that guests limit their visit to less than 2 hours when possible.

Practice physical distancing throughout your visit by leaving at least 6 feet of space between your party and all other guests, staff, and volunteers. Look for icons on the ground and wait in line at designated spots. Please remember to never touch the art.

For your convenience and safety, hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the Museum. Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Directional signage has been placed throughout the Museum to help guide your visit. Please follow arrows and social distancing icons on the floors. For the protection of the artwork please remain at least one arm’s length (approximately 3 feet) away from the art and behind all stanchions or tape barriers in the galleries.

Due to the high-touch and interactive nature of this space, the Art Sparks gallery will remain closed until further notice.

Coat check is currently closed. The following items are not permitted in the Museum: all parcels, backpacks, portfolios and bags larger than 13” x 17” x 6”, umbrellas, and outside food or drink. Please leave these items at home or in your car. Exceptions may be made for bags containing essential medical equipment or for use in nursing or childcare; however, food and drink may not be consumed in the galleries. Complimentary wheelchairs and strollers may be checked out from Guest Relations.

We’re taking extra care to make sure that our staff currently working within the building are taking safety precautions to maintain the health of our guests and other staff. Employees monitor and report their temperature before the start of each shift; those with high temperatures or any symptoms of COVID-19 are required to refrain from working and stay home. All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized frequently, and high-touch areas such as railings and elevator buttons even more so. All employees are required to wear masks when inside the building and must adhere to a hand-washing schedule. We have installed protective barriers to separate employees and staff at the front desk.

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