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Crisp Museum hours weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m. 
Extended hours of operation occur on First Fridays 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (except January or April, 2021) and in conjunction with certain River Campus events.
The museum is closed for major holidays. Nov. 25-27, Dec. 24-Jan. 1, 2021, Jan. 18, April 2-4, and May 29-31.

When you visit Crisp Museum, masks, social distancing, and directional traffic flow are in use. Face coverings are to be worn by most people older than 9 in almost all public spaces and gatherings throughout Cape Girardeau county until further notice by Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center Board of Directors.
Social distancing and directional traffic flow is in use.

Southeast Missouri State University • 518 S. Fountain St. • Cape Girardeau, Mo
Tours may be scheduled by calling (573) 651-2260.

Activities & Lectures

(check details for possible preregistration, age limit, and possible fee)

Arts & Crafts Ongoing Adult Classes
Open to the public for adults. Preregistration is required through Crisp Museum's educator. Seating limited to 4 per session.
Tuesdays 9 a.m.-Noon 
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. 
Wednesdays 9 a.m.- Noon
Wednesdays 1-4 p.m. 
Preregistration and fee required ($5/single class or $100/year of classes, workshops by contracted teaching artists are not included) Supplies are provided (using best cleaning practices) or participants may bring their own.
Beginner and novice level lessons involve a variety of art including painting, drawing, fibers, printmaking, jewelry, and multimedia. Activities will introduce art vocabulary along with knowledge of color theory and some art history. Individual participants learn to use the materials. Not everyone makes the same art. Realism, representational, plein air, abstract, expressionism, and narrative are styles can be explored in this group setting.

Finger Weaving
Preregistration required by September 12, 2020.
Workshop occurs September 19 and 20, 1-4 p.m.

This event is free for ages 15 and older and is open to the public. Supplies will be provided. During the workshop, participants will learn how to weave a complicated-looking but simple-to-create pattern using only their fingers. Finished, it will be two to three inches wide and is considered a sash, but its uses can be limitless.

Game Night 
September 24, 2020, 5-9 p.m.
Free and open to SEMO students, faculty, and staff.
Come enjoy an evening playing games of skill, strategy, and luck. While relaxing, you may even make more friends. Games and refreshments will be furnished by the museum. 
Third Annual Scavenger Hunt
Free and open to the public for all ages.
During the month of October, guests can enter to win the Cauldron of Candy once they complete the scavenger hunt. The contest runs through October 31.

Take & Make Moon Glow Painting
October 2, 2020, 4-8 p.m. and Oct. 3 and 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public for all ages.
For this Trick-Art-Treat theme, you will choose a painting already made of a moon created with just black and white spray paint. A serving of glow paint is yours to take. It's up to you if you also add a silhouette painting with black to go along with your moon. The final step is adding the glow paint to the edge of the moon and some of the silhouettes. Then, turn out the lights and see how it glows. Choose a glow stick item from the cauldron of goodies as an extra treat.

Cape Girardeau Heritage Days 
October 3, 2020 
Free and open to the public for all ages.

Halloween Paper Models
Workshop occurs October 10 & 11, 1-4 p.m.
Preregistration is required by Oct. 3.  Seating is limited to 8 participants 10 years and older for this free event.
Make and take one of the following: haunted light house, haunted house, vampire casket pop-up or horse drawn hearse using a preprinted color copy sheet by folding and using tape. Additional items could be created if participants wish to free hand more pieces. 

Wooden Wand or Sword Making Workshop
Preregistration is required by Oct. 10. Seating is limited to 8 participants 10 years and older for this free event.
October 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; October 17, 1-4 p.m.; October 18, 1-4 p.m.
Participants will start with their choice of making a wand or sword out of wood. Tools such as grinder, files, sander, and sandpaper will be available to sculpt their desired design. Metal or stone decorative pieces are optional and can be added as embelishment. Examples will be shown.

Halloween at the Museum
October 24 hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & October 25, 1-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public for all ages.
During this open house, guests can make Halloween-themed crafts including miniature wooden jack-o’-lanterns, rag monsters, and Tiki creatures.  Additionally, visitors are encouraged to bring their own pumpkin to carve, and the museum will provide tools and patterns.


Halloween Trick or Treat & Crafts
October 31, 2020, 5-9 p.m.
Free and open to the public for all ages.
Stop by in your costume for the final night of our annual Scavenger Hunt. Visitors can make Halloween-themed crafts including miniature wooden jack-o’-lanterns, rag monsters, and Tiki creatures. Remember to enter to win the Cauldron of Candy.

Take & Make Emoji Me
Free and open to the public for all ages.
November 6, 2020 4-8 p.m. and Nov. 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pick up a crafty brochure of face shapes, hair styles, and facial features to guide you in making quick emojis of yourself and others. Examples will be provided. Tour the fine art exhibition Robert Harding Jr.: Art from the Heart. Harding's works show raw emotion and energy. (Exhibit Adult Content Warning: some images may not be appropriate for children)

Family Day: Folktales, Crafts, and Music
November 7, 2020 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public for all ages.
Enjoy an afternoon of exchange, discovery, and connections through folk tales, crafts, and traditional folk music from local musicians.
Escape the Museum
Registration is required by Nov. 7 for this free event that is open to the public for all ages. Groups are limited to 6 and each participant is required to register individually.
Nov.14, 10 a.m.-5 (sessions begin each hour, break Noon-1, last session starts 3 p.m.)
Nov. 15, 1-4 p.m. (sessions begin each hour, last session starts 3 p.m.)
Nov. 21, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (sessions begin each hour, break Noon-1, last session starts 3 p.m.)
Nov. 22, 1-4 p.m. (sessions begin each hour, last session starts 3 p.m.) 
Do you love solving mysteries? Come join us for the 2nd Annual Escape the Museum This year's theme is Murder Mystery. You have been locked in the museum and must solve a series of puzzles, problems, and obstacles before your time runs out to solve the case and escape the museum or the next victim could be you. Sessions start on the hour and require individual preregistration. Groups are limited to 6 participants.
REGISTER (each person individually)
Family Day: 2nd Annual LEGO Creations 
February 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
View LEGO displays, sculptures, free builds and much more!
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
March 23, 1-4 p.m.; March 24, 1-4 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Participants will learn the rich history, folklore, and symbolism as they complete a Pysanka egg with rich dyes and meaningful designs using a wax resist process.
Poetry Open Mic Night 
April 14, 7-9 p.m.
Enjoy a fun night of entertainment, poetry, and coffee. Participants can read their original poetry or choose publshed poetry. 

Dr. Jennifer Bengtson
presents "Mississippian Mothers and Infants: Old Excavations and New Interpretations in Southeast Missouri"
Date (TBD)
Free and open to the public.
Although gender has become an increasingly important focus of archaeological inquiry over the last several decades, the specific roles of motherhood and infancy in ancient cultures have remained underexplored. This research combines data from old excavations with newer ideas about gender, fertility, and associated phenomena in the late prehistoric Mississippian tradition in southeast Missouri in order to provide a more complete picture of how Mississippian women navigated their lives as mothers, particularly in their experiences of reproduction, childbirth, and caregivers to infants.

Sayaka Ganz Artist Lecture
Date (TBD) Spring 2021
Free and open to the public for all ages.
James Phillips Presents
The Beckwith Memorial Lecture
Date (TBD)
Spring 2021
Please check back for more information.


Questions: email or call (573) 651-2260.
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River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center

Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875 (mailing address)
518 S. Fountain St. (physical address)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701