Crisp Museum is free to enter and is inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, MO. Several museum visitor parking spaces are available in the front row, along the lot side of the curved drive.

Our priority is to preserve the museum collections we house and educate the community about the arts and historic cultures. View the permanent local archaeology man made collection pieces in ceramic and stone and the changing art and history exhibits. A 15 minute video introduces the local land and vast cultural mix of citizens. Many engaging opportunities can be found on the education page for no or low cost.

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
First Friday of the Month 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

*Extended hours are also in conjunction with certain evening River Campus events/performances

Crisp Museum closed for 2023:

  • April 7-9
  • May 27-29
  • July 4
  • September 2-4 
  • November 22-26 
  • December 22-January 1

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum 
Southeast Missouri State University 
One University Plaza, MS 7875 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 

How to get to River Campus

Expand your knowledge of the arts by visiting the Crisp Museum today. Below, we provide directions to the River Campus from various regional areas.

Mission Statement 

The Crisp Museum provides the University and area communities with opportunities to: 

  • Expand understanding of the fine arts 
  • Deepen knowledge of contemporary and historic cultures 
  • Enrich perceptions of the complex and essential relationships between humans and their material cultures 
  • Promote appreciation of the contributions of diverse peoples, cultures, and historic periods 
  • Engage in experiential learning and thereby realize increased self-understanding and knowledge 

The Crisp Museum serves as a repository for significant historical and cultural objects of regional and national importance. In this capacity the museum houses, preserves, exhibits, interprets, augments, and refines its collections of art, historical objects, and archaeological artifacts. 

Internship Information 

"Set your sights high. Explore the possibilities. Opportunities abound." 

Museum internships can be arranged through the Department of Art and Design or Historic Preservation program. Hours of credit are determined by each department. Some departments may require a résumé to be written for consideration. 

Interns determine a focus related to the museum, such as curatorial, preservation, education, exhibitions, exhibit research, etc. The internship coordinator and museum staff ensure that internships are a valuable experience for the student. 

Requirements include keeping a timesheet, a daily journal of activities, and presenting your development throughout the program by means of either an oral presentation or a written paper.  

Special projects can be arranged if agreed upon by the student and the internship coordinator. 

If you would like to speak with someone to find out more, contact the Crisp Museum at or (573) 651-2260, the Department of Art and Design at (573) 651-2143 or in the River Campus Seminary 104A, or through the Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Dr. Steven Hoffman at or (573) 651-2381. 

Contact Us

River Campus
175 Cultural Arts Center
518 S. Fountain
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701