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Crisp Museum resuming with summer hours beginning July 6, 2020 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

If you plan to visit Crisp Museum, it is strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Social distancing and directional traffic flow is in use. Please check back for updates on classroom and weekend workshops to resume.

Southeast Missouri State University • 518 S. Fountain St. • Cape Girardeau, Mo
Tours may be scheduled by calling (573) 651-2260. The museum is closed on major holidays.

Take & Make and Family Days (free)


River Campus Arts Festival at Southeast Missouri State University

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Rocks and Minerals

Visit different centers focusing on rocks and minerals. Did you know some of southeast Missouri has volcanic rock? The St. Francois Mountains, are the oldest continually mined property in the US. The igneous rocks became knob islands which protruded out and then were covered by more sedimentary rocks. The rocks then eroded over time and formed high and low points that eventually developed into the mountains that are present today.

Presentations and Meet Ups (free)

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William H. Thielen presents Artist Lecture
5:30 p.m. July 10, 2020
Thielen will present a more indepth perspective on the works in his solo show titled "The Voices in My Head" during his artist lecture. 
Two- and three-dimensional mixed-media works depict tension that is created when opposites are thrust together. The opposites need each other to define each other. The composition, sometimes simple, other times complex, reflects our society. The mixing of materials further complicates the tension between the extremes.

James Phillips presents Beckwith Lecture
Date (TBD)
The Astounding Amazing, Adventure of the Beckwith Collection!! (cue Indiana Jones music)
Mr. Phillips will talk about the history of the Beckwith collection, the oldest collection held by the University, this exciting talk will cover its history, how it came to the university, and why it is such an important resource to students today.
The Beckwith Memorial Archaeology Lecture honors Thomas Beckwith, who donated his sizeable collection of Mississippian artifacts to the University in 1913. Select pieces from the collection are on permanent display in the museum.

Date (TBD)

“Mississippian Mothers and Infants: Old Excavations and New Interpretations in Southeast Missouri”

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.

Workshops (must register + possible fee)

Arts & Crafts Opening Classes Date (TBD)
Arts & Crafts
Tuesdays 9 a.m.-Noon 
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.
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 provided or bring your own • adults only
Space is limited. 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.

Rocket Workshop at Crisp Museum
Time 1-4 p.m.  Ages 10+ and limited to: 15 participants and use of social distancing. 

Preregistration required with a fee of $15.00 due at sign up for your rocket.
( has the enroll in classes link for registration and payment)
The last day to signup is July 15 by noon. This is a three weekend event.
July 18 Weekend #1 - begin the build of your rocket - build part one & paint
Weekend #2 - finish the build of your rocket - build part two & paint
Weekend #3 - our launch date held in the River Campus parking lot
Gary Tyler will lead participants in building the Estes "Viking Rocket," which is a beginner level, one stage model rocket. The Viking  is able to reach a launch height of over 1600 feet.  

Cleda Curtis Oil Painting Class
Make up Dates (TBD)

Date (TBD)
Learn the basics of working with paracord – a lightweight, nylon rope available in a wide variety of colors and patterns – to make crafts and jewelry. Participants will make a bracelet or keychain.

Space is limited to 15 participants for this free workshop.

 3D Paper Model Workshop
Date (TBD)
This free event for ages 8 and up requires preregistration required.
Come and assemble a classic 3D paper model. Your choices will be a building, car or airplane.

Watercolor Calligraphy
Preregistration required. Free activity with limited seating.
Participants will be shown how to use a water brush pen to create modern, crafty, colorful calligraphy during this activity.


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