The Swope Art Museum is located in the heart of downtown Terre Haute, Indiana at 25 South 7th Street, just south of the Crossroads of America at 7th Street (old US Highway 41) and Wabash (US Highway 40). We may be reached by telephone at 812.238.1676.


Admission to the Museum is always FREE. Some special events may require purchased tickets. Members receive discounts for special programs, events, and Museum purchases.


Free two-hour street parking is available on Ohio Boulevard and Wabash Avenue. Free parking for Museum Members in the Skygarden parking garage during Museum hours, located just west of the Museum at 662 Ohio Street. Members, make sure to stop at the Museum’s Welcome Desk and show your membership card for your validated parking pass when you visit the Swope.

Tips for Visiting the Swope

Look, but don’t touch

While we encourage you to engage with the art in the Swope, please avoid touching any artworks. Paintings and other works of art are fragile and the natural oils on your skin could damage the surface.

Let us store your belongings

Please check any backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, or other articles at our Welcome Desk. Coat racks are located near the restrooms. Please note: The Museum bans weapons of any type on the premises.

Take a picture; it’ll last longer

See a work of art on display that you love? Sketching with pencils is always encouraged. Handheld still photography is allowed in most areas of the Museum, except in certain temporary exhibitions. See below for the complete photography and sketching policies. Postcards and catalogues featuring selected artworks are available for sale at the Welcome Desk.

Enjoy food and drinks in Downtown Terre Haute

A delicious assortment of food, desserts, coffee, and other items is available in nearby restaurants in Downtown Terre Haute, but please do not bring any food or drink into the Museum.  For a list of nearby restaurants, please ask at the Welcome Desk.

Kids, bring your parents

We encourage art lovers of all ages to visit the Swope, but children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Resources for enjoying art with young children are available at the Welcome Desk.


Visitors are permitted to take photographs in the galleries for private, non-commercial use only. Videotaping is also allowed. Photography and videotaping in the building must use existing gallery light only (flash photography is prohibited). Tripods are not allowed on the premises.

Some works of contemporary art, or works on loan from private collections or other institutions, may not be photographed or videotaped. Be sure to check the artwork’s label. Photographs and videos may not be reproduced, published, distributed, transferred, sold or otherwise commercially exploited without express written permission.

For information on reproducing collection images in publications or requesting images for study purposes, please download the Museum’s Image Request Form and Fee Schedule.

Sketching and Copying Works of Art

Visitors are permitted to sketch in galleries devoted to the permanent collection and in most special exhibitions with lead or colored pencils. When sketching, please do not obstruct doorways or use floors, walls, or pedestals as support. Sketch pads may not exceed 21″ x 26″ x 5″.