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Cincinnati Art Museum: Things to Know

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We have had the opportunity to visit several art museums over the past few years and weren’t about to miss the chance to tour the Cincinnati Art Museum. We don’t know a whole lot about particular artists, styles of paintings or styles, but we do appreciate the skill and techniques and we definitely want to raise our kids to be well-rounded individuals. The Cincinnati Art Museum had a little something for all of us! Here are some things to know before you go!

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Cincinnati Art Museum: Things to Know

Not everyone in the family can appreciate the same style of art. Different people will be able to enjoy different areas of the museum. That is the beauty of an art museum. Everyone can find something that resonates with them.

Cincinnati Art Museum

For me, I love the exhibits that incorporate light and color. I recently discovered the work of Chihuly when I was on a trip to Northwest Arkansas. So when I walked into the Cincinnati Art Museum and saw the blue glass piece on display in the lobby, I was able to connect the artist to the work I had seen at Crystal Bridges Art Museum.

Chihuly piece on exhibit

Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.

Cincinnati Art Museum

Exhibits for every style

At the Cincinnati Art Museum, there are exhibits for every style. Whether you love the more modern pieces or the art work and sculptures from the 19th century or prefer the ancient Greek, Roman or African artwork, each person can find a gallery dedicated to the things that they love the most.

All the Flowers Are For Me

One of my favorite exhibits was the All the Flowers Are for Me exhibit by Anila Quayyum Agha (b. 1965), (Red), laser-cut lacquered steel and lightbulb.

Anila Quayyum Agha: All the Flowers Are for Me

The museum docent encouraged us to sit under the exhibit and see how the light made designs on our skin. She said it’s the best seat in the room (and I think she was right!)

No matter which wall you stood in front of, you had a new perspective on light, shadows, and silhouettes.

All the Flowers are For Me

I loved this simple picture of the family!

Things to Know

  • The Museum is always free! Special exhibits do require admission ticket.
  • Parking is free.
  • Take your time; this museum is huge!
  • Photography is allowed in most of the galleries, but keep a look out for certain exhibits that are off-limits.
  • Let the kids explore the Touch and Learn Stations positioned throughout each of the galleries.
Touch & Learn

Connect with the Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 721-ARTS (2787)

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