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 marked 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 a 15-minute video introducing the local land and vast cultural mix of citizens and stroll through the history and art galleries. 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

    Museum closed
    for 2024:

  • May 25-27
  • June 19
  • July 4
  • August 31-September 2 
  • November 27-December 1
  • December 23-January 1

    for 2025:
  • January 1
  • January 20
  • April 18-20
  • May 24-26
  • June 19
  • July 4-6
  • August 30-September 1
  • November 27-30 (TBA closer to time about the 26th)
  • December 23-January 1, 2026

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 historical 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 the 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 using 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 find out more through Southeast Missouri State University, contact
Crisp Museum at or (573) 651-2260,
visit in person in the Cultural Arts Center at River Campus
Department of Art and Design at (573) 651-2143, 
visit the office in the River Campus Seminary 104A 
Historic Preservation office at (573) 651-2146,  
visit the office in Carnahan Hall 311E 

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