United States

One South High
Phone: 330.376.9185
Fax: 330.376.1180
Website: http://www.saatchi-galler

Akron Museum Of Art

To better serve the community and the region, the Akron Art Museum is embarking on a bold vision for the future. An expanded museum will offer exciting opportunities to fulfill the museum's mission of enriching lives through modern art with greater space for learning and discovery, contemplation and entertainment. We invite you to experience the new Akron Art Museum.

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What are the goals of expansion?
Before the expansion, less than 1% of the museum's collection could be shown at a time, and many traveling exhibitions couldn’t be shown at all because of the low ceilings in the traveling exhibition galleries. Equally important, museum visitors have long requested a space for classes, a café, meeting facilities and an auditorium. The new, enlarged museum will offer these advantages and better serve the community with increased space for exhibitions, more educational facilities and improved visitor amenities in order to enrich lives through modern art.

What will happen to the museum’s existing building?
The new and the old buildings are connected on three different levels, allowing the old building to become an integral part of the new structure. In fact, visitors will be able to pass effortlessly from one to the other through a soaring glass crystal that will serve as the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Lobby. The old building will house a classroom, a children's gallery, a library, administrative offices and the C. Blake McDowell Jr. Galleries for art from 1850 to 1900.

When will the new Akron Art Museum open?
The new Akron Art Museum will open to the public on July 17, 2007, preceded by ten days of previews. Construction began in June 2004 and once complete, the staff must occupy the building for several months in order to install the collections and test building systems before it can be opened to the public.

Is the museum open during construction?
The museum is closed during construction. However, educational programs for students and the public, as well as special programs for museum members have continue...+ [ Read all ]


Take advantage of world-class art and programs while contributing to the development of the arts in our community. Join the Akron Art Museum! We offer many different levels of membership for you, your family, or even as a gift. Download a membership form here, or call 330.376.9185 x225 for more information.

Please consider a donation to our Create A Masterpiece Capital Campaign, in addition to your membership. Your funding will allow our world-class museum to prosper for generations to come. Donate online here.

General Membership Levels:
Individual* $50
Household* $65
Contributor* $100
Sponsor $300
Sustainer $500
Director's Circle $1000 and above
*15% discount available to Senior Citizens (over 60) and Students for Individual, Household and Contributor memberships.

General Membership benefits:
Preview of the new museum prior to the public opening
Free Admission
Previews of all major exhibitions
Subscription to quarterly newsletter
Advance notice of workshops, concerts and other programs
Invitation to exclusive Members Only! events, such as day trips and weekend art getaways
Discounts on educational workshops, lectures and programs
Discounts in new museum's café and gift shop
Tax deduction for your membership in accordance with IRS regulations.


Contributor, Sponsor, and Sustainer Membership benefits:
These membership levels receive additional reciprocal membership privileges to 13 Ohio art museums:
The Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown)
The Canton Museum of Art
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art
The Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati)
The Dayton Art Institute
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland
Massillon Art Museum
Springfield Museum of Art
Toledo Museum of Art
Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)
Zanesville Art Center
Reciprocal membership privileges to over 80 art museums throughout the United States, including major institutions in Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Washington D.C, Florida and more
Four guest admission passes, one-time use only (sponsor and sustainer levels only)
Director's Circle Membership - The Ultimate Members Only! Experience
The Director's Circle is a group of premier patrons who contribute $1000 or more annually to the museum. Director's Circle members are invited to exclusive events, including dinners with artists, private tours, and international arts-related travel with the Director.

Prior to our public opening and Community Open House, Director's circle members will receive an invitation to an elegant private event on Wednesday, July 11 at the new Akron Art Museum. Staff and docents will be available for tours.

If you are interested in the Director's circle membership, please contact Cindy Kellett at 330.376.9185 x222 or by email.