Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I have my art collection appraised by the Museum?
  • No, Museum curators and other staff cannot provide information on the monetary value, authentication or appraisals of art objects. Appraisals and authentication should be carried out by a certified appraiser or reputable auction house. Please contact any of the following national organizations to find an appraiser in your area or region:

  • I have an artwork that needs to be cleaned. Who should I call?
  • The museum cannot endorse specific conservators. Excellent information on selecting a conservator is available from the American Institute for Conservation.

  • Is photography permitted?
  • Yes, photography, without the use of flash, is permitted in the galleries, unless otherwise indicated. Please note that works of art, although owned by the Museum, may be protected by copyright, publication rights or related interests that are not owned by the Museum. The Museum is not giving permission to exploit any third party rights. It is your responsibility to obtain whatever copyright or other permissions may be required from an artist, his/her agent, his/her estate or any other third party rights holder.

  • I want to reproduce an image of a work of art owned by the Springfield Art Museum. How do I do that?
  • Please note that while the Springfield Art Museum owns the works in its collection, it does not own the copyrights for the works. Copyrights may be held by the artist, estate, gallery, or agency. Permission to reproduce a work in the museum's collection must be secured from the copyright holder unless the work is in the public domain. Works in the public domain are available for use by anyone for any purpose and are not protected by copyright laws. Works created before 1923 are in the public domain.

    If you are interested in reproducing a work in the collection, but are unsure of its copyright status, please or call 417.837.5700. The Springfield Art Museum must have permission from the copyright holder to complete reproduction requests

  • Can I touch the art? What about outside sculptures?
  • No, please join us in preserving art for the future-please do not touch the works of art. Oils and moisture from hands are dangerous to art, even works that live outside. Fingernails and rings will, in time, gouge stone and wood.

  • Can I bring pencils and art supplies into the galleries?
  • Pencils are allowed in the galleries and are available at the Visitor Services Desk. Other materials including paint and ink are not permitted.

  • May I rent the auditorium or amphitheatre for a function?
  • Yes, the auditorium and amphitheatre may be rented for art related events only - not for personal use (no weddings or private events). The auditorium seats approximately 400 with wheelchair spaces available. The base rental fee is $350 per maximum four hour event. Additional fees may be required. If the event is held after regular Museum business hours, additional fees will be charged for staffing. A Certificate of Liability Insurance is required in the collective amount of $3 million. Please call the Museum for more information or to book the auditorium/amphitheatre for an event: 417.837.5700.

  • Does the Springfield Art Museum accept submissions or proposals from artists?
  • Sorry, but we are not accepting exhibition proposals at this time.

  • How do I become a volunteer?
  • Visit our volunteer page to learn how you can join our many volunteers who share their time and talent with the Museum.

  • Are strollers allowed?
  • Yes, strollers are allowed at all times in all public spaces and Museum collection galleries.

  • Where do I park when I visit the Museum?
  • Parking is available in the Museum's west parking lot or along Bennett Street. Buses may unload at the front entrance. After unloading, buses should park along the western edge of the parking lot.

  • How can I receive information regarding special events and exhibits?
  • To receive Springfield Art Museum newsletters, class schedules or exhibition invitations, please email your request to artmuseum@springfieldmo.gov.

    To receive an entry prospectus for Watercolor U.S.A. please email WatercolorUSA@springfieldmo.gov; for Prints U.S.A. please email PrintsUSA@springfieldmo.gov; for MOAK please email artmuseum@springfieldmo.gov.

  • Are there employment opportunities at the Springfield Art Museum?
  • As a City of Springfield department, all employment opportunities are listed on the City's job page.
    Additionally, you can learn about our volunteer opportunities.

  • I have a piece of artwork or item that I would like to have framed. Does the museum do this?
  • No. However there is a Preparator on staff who would be happy to offer advice on proper framing and preservation of your item or artwork. Please call the Museum at 417.837.5700 and ask for the Preparator for more information.

  • Is there a gift shop?
  • Yes, there is a Museum gift shop, staffed by volunteers from the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates. The gift shop is located just off the front entrance and is open each afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. However, due to the volunteer nature of the staff, it is advisable to call ahead and verify that the gift shop is staffed on the day that you plan to visit.

  • I am a member of the press - who should I contact for media inquiries?
  • For press inquiries, please call 417.837.5700 and ask for the Museum Educator.

  • Does the Museum have an art library? Is it open to the public?
  • Yes, the Mary Louise Rosenbauer library is located just off of the main entrance. It is generally open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Unfortunately, we are unable to lend items at this time due to an ongoing effort to re-catalog our library collection. However, visitors are invited to stay and read as long as they like during open hours.


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