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Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 USA

Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Fri 11a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Public

“One of the oldest art museums in U.S.”

Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States. Founded in 1881, it was the first purpose-built art museum west of the Alleghenies. Its collection of over 60000 works make it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Midwest. Museum founders debated locating the museum in either Burnett Woods, Eden Park, or downtown Cincinnati on Washington Square. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year. Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions or participate in the Art Museum’s wide range of art-related programs, activities and special events. General admission is always free for all, plus Art Museum members receive additional benefits. The Art Museum is open six days a week, making greater Cincinnati’s most treasured cultural asset accessible to everyone. The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members. 

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Reviewed by
Jason Speck

  • 29 Reviews
  • 47 Helpful
April 14, 2014

I was already a big fan of the Cincinnati Art Museum, but became an even bigger fan when my five-year-old decided he loved Van Gogh after a field trip. It’s a great place to introduce kids to art.

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John Lauck

  • 60 Reviews
  • 45 Helpful
September 30, 2014

You can't beat a free museum to see classic art and interesting exhibits! Having been to a wedding or two here, it's also very pretty for events.

1 person found this review helpful

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Austin Coop

  • 487 Reviews
  • 415 Helpful
September 18, 2014
Rated 5.0

Wonderful place for events or to just immerse yourself in art. Beautiful grounds. Beautiful building. Beautiful art. Some really wonderful big name exhibits roll through as well, so there's always something new and exciting to see here.

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 72 Reviews
  • 24 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

It's free. The art they display/curate is top notch. Even the building itself is a piece if art.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Mitch Oliver

  • 221 Reviews
  • 94 Helpful
July 17, 2014
Rated 4.0

The Cincinnati Art Museum is a beautiful venue in its own right, with a great variety of beautiful art within its walls. Being free doesn't hurt it, either. At one point, it was also available for weddings. It is a terrific venue for an intimate wedding.

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Reviewed by
Derek Neuland

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  • 297 Reviews
  • 127 Helpful
March 20, 2014
Rated 4.0

This art museum is super nice, and I love that it's free to the public. My favorite room is the contemporary art due to the large Andy Warhol piece of Pete Rose.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Christopher Warren

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  • 135 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

This is the only art museum I've ever been to that is huge and free! There's so much to do here. Exhibit after exhibit. I've spent a full day in here and still have barely touched even half of the museum. Staff is always friendly, and they recently added a great section for the kids.

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Anna Hider

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  • 1,280 Reviews
  • 420 Helpful
May 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

Free! Cool rotating exhibits (the last few I saw were each about fashion, and we totally rad) and a solid roster in their collection! Also it's free! And in a cool location! You should go!

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Reviewed by
Natalie Akers

  • Road Warrior
  • 371 Reviews
  • 113 Helpful
February 05, 2016
Rated 5.0

It is FREE! No need to say more. This spot is worth it even if just for the architecture. Get some seriously impressive exhibits and have an extensive permanent display on Cincy's art and furniture and pottery culture. There's a contemporary floor as well (all the way up). Totally massive enough to make a day out of and if you walk there there truly is no cost. Pro tip: if you're in town for a while there's a courtyard in the center that's my favorite place to read a book.

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Edie Lane

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  • 21 Reviews
  • 29 Helpful
April 13, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is, by far, one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. I've been there more times than I can remember, and I keep finding reasons to go back. The special exhibits are always interesting--especially when they curate retrospectives on fashion. Plus, as all of the other reviewers have stated, admission is free. The staff are always pleasant, and I don't think I've ever had a bad day at the art museum. And, if you need more reason to go, it is in Eden Park, which is a great place to walk around and explore. You can fill an entire day with adventure at no cost. How awesome is that?

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Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Dr
Cincinnati, Ohio
45202 USA


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