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Swope Art Musuem: A Splash of Class

Looking for some culture on the banks of the Wabash? Who isn’t? Next time you’re in Terre Haute, stop on by the Swope Art Museum for a sampling of sophistication.

Located on South 7th St., the Swope is completely free to the public – that was one of conditions in the will of benefactor Sheldon Swope. The museum has a great sense of tradition, including the sponsorship of an annual student art exhibiton.

It’s easy to wander the floors of the Swope for hours and get lost and get lost in art. The museum features pieces from artists like Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, and even has a section devoted to “Hoosier Group” and other Indiana artists. By showcasing Indiana talent in the museum, the Swope truly connects visitors to its Hoosier roots.

The Swope was also recently named one of the “10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities” by USA Today. According to this article from the Terre Haute Tribune Star, the museum sees 13,000 visitors a year, which the director anticipates will now increase.

The Swope is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon in Terre Haute. Having gone there when I was younger, I know it’s kid-friendly, and the staff is always polite and helpful. So next time you’re looking for something fun, classy and free to do in Terre Haute, don’t forget about the Swope! Visit their website for information on hours of operation and recent news.

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