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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. April 2-4, and May 29-31, 2021.
Museum hours for March 15 - 19, 2021, and May 17 - August 13, 2021, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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)

Small Group Adult Art Class (fee and preregistration required)
Ongoing Weekly on Tuesdays 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m. and Wednesdays 1-4 p.m. (4 people per class limit) Contact Curator of Education, Ellen Flentge about availability.
This class can be for beginner to advanced. A variety of art and craft mediums are covered throughout the year. Participants may use their own supplies or the supplies provided. Topics can include the following: painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel chalk) drawing, jewelry, stitching, book making, paper arts (2D and 3D) , fiber arts, weaving, collage, carving, calligraphy, photography, sculpture an others. Painting styles include abstract, representational and realism. If you have a project on your own that you want to bring in, you are welcome to do so.

Take and Make
Prepared art/craft activites are free while they last. Most age ranges preK-adult are capable of completing the projects which will include instructions. A completed item will be displayed.

May 7, 4-8 p.m.; May 8 & 9, 1-4 p.m. PAPER FLOWERS & QUILLING
Participants will be shown completed paper sculpture floral examples. Using simple cutting, pleating, twisting and rolling techniques, design a bouquet or simple single flower from paper to display or gift to someone. Free while supplies last. 
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.
Free and open to the public.

Pour Painting Workshop
April 17, 1 p.m.  Preregistration and $15 fee required by April 9. Led by Ivie Walker.
Learn how to take your art skills to the next level with a fun and easy paint project that anyone can do. Watch as the paints mix to create your perfect marble masterpiece. Be ready to get a little messy! Six per session, with two sessions offered. Wear mess worthy clothing.

Crisp Museum will participate at Cape Comic Con
April 23-25 Drop in and visit our table.
(more info soon)

Watercolor Workshops led by Brenda Seyer.
June 12 and 13, from 1-4p.m., for Adults
June 26 and 27, from 1-4 p.m. for High School age

 During this workshop, taught by local artist Brenda Seyer, participants will explore watercolor’s abilities as they create practice works with their own creativity and from reference images.

The use of watercolor can be purposeful where the painter manipulates pigments with other materials or as carefree as letting the pigment flow across the surface with minimal manipulation.

Seyer’s workshops are for an introductory level painter. The adult session includes instructions in painting realistic objects, animals, and landscapes. The high school session covers a variety of techniques and methods of creating with watercolor.

In both sessions, Seyer will demonstrate how watercolor can create a variety of images, from solid to translucent and light to dark, using single and multiple colors.

Preregistration and a $25 fee is due by June 5. Seating is limited. A supply list will be provided.  

Register and pay online at Additional questions can be answered by email or phone, or (573) 651-2260.

Summer Arts Festival
June 19
10a.m. - 5p.m.

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.

James Phillips Presents
The Beckwith Memorial Lecture
Date (TBD)
Spring 2021
Please check back for more information.


Questions: email or call (573) 651-2260.
Register for a museum workshop


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