Welcome to the Sheldon Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, IN, United States.
We were first funded and founded by Michael Sheldon Swope (1843–1929), a Civil War veteran and jeweler who lived here for much of his adult life. Planning for the art museum began on September 26, 1939, and the museum was officially open to the public on March 21, 1942. Here at the museum, our goal is to collect, preserve, and celebrate the best in American art with programs and exhibitions designed to engage, stimulate, and educate those whose lives it touches. We strive to exhibit local artists and share our town’s history, along with amazing works from all across the states. In addition to housing numerous works, the Swope Art Museum offers summer classes for youth, artist lectures, and exhibitions. We sponsor an annual student art exhibition, a tradition that began in May 1967. Admission to our museum is free. Come and see us from 12 – 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday.