United States

953 Eden Park Drive
Phone: (513) 639-2995
Website: http://www.cincinnatiartm

Cincinnati Art Museum

In the late nineteenth century, public art museums were still very much a new phenomenon, especially as far west as Cincinnati. Following the success of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia, the Women’s Art Museum Association was organized in Cincinnati with the intent of bringing such an institution to the region for the benefit of all citizens. Enthusiasm for these goals grew steadily and by 1881 the Cincinnati Museum Association was incorporated. Just five years later, in May 1886, a permanent art museum building was completed in Eden Park and was heralded worldwide as “The Art Palace of the West.

Permanent Collection

Cincinnati Art Museum has a rich collection of more than sixty thousand works of art, spanning six thousand years. This unique collection includes the ancient art of Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as Near and Far Eastern art, art of Africa and the Americas, costume and textiles, prints, drawings, photographs, painting, sculpture, decorative art, and contemporary art.

The painting collection includes works by European old masters such as Titian, van Dyck, Hals, Rubens, and Gainsborough, as well as nineteenth- and twentieth-century works by Picasso, Renoir, Derain, Braque, Modigliani, MirĂł, and Chagall. The American collection holds works by Copley, Cole, Harnett, Wyeth, Wood, Hopper, Diebenkorn, and Rothko, as well as major artists from the 1970s and 1980s.

Some of the Art Museum’s most notable gems include the only collection of ancient Nabataean art outside of Jordan, the renowned Herbert Greer French collection of old master prints, and a fine collection of European and American portrait miniatures.


Andrew Wyeth Watercolors and Drawings
Selections from the Marunuma Art Park, Collection, Japan
02/03/07 to 05/06/07

Explore three decades of watercolors and drawings by the American master.

"The Project" presents Marvelous Miro
01/13/07 to 05/07/07

See a colorful, interactive display of works created by teens from Mason, inpired by mural artist Miro.

Transparent Reflections
Richard Pousette-Dart, Works on Paper, 1940-1992
02/03/07 to 04/29/07

Experience the ethereal qualities of modern art in the work of Richard Pousette-Dart.

03/10/07 to 05/20/07

Don't miss Anthony Luensman's most ambitious project to date: a series of unforgettable installations throughout the galleries.

Previous Exhibitions

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Saul Steinberg
07/20/07 to 09/20/07

Explore over one hundred drawings, collages, and sculptures by Saul Steinberg, world-famous cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine.

Where Would You Wear That?
The Mary Baskett Collection
06/02/07 to 08/12/07

Encounter the work of the most forward-looking Japanese fashion designers of the twentieth century


Your general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is free every day, made possible by a generous gift from The Richard and Lois Rosenthal Foundation. Special exhibition fees may apply.

Saturday's free admission is made possible by The Thomas J. Emery Free Day Endowment established by Mary Emery in 1906.

Free general admission for children is made possible in part through an endowment established by Cincinnati Financial Corporation/The Cincinnati Insurance Companies. Special exhibition or education program fees may apply to children.

Purchase Tickets
To purchase special exhibition tickets in advance, call (513) 721-ARTS

Opening hours

Art Museum Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and the Fourth of July.

Getting there

Free parking is available at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Parking is limited and at certain events off-site shuttles are provided to accommodate demand. Call (513) 721-ARTS for details on shuttle service.

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School and teacher programs at the Cincinnati Art Museum are generously supported by Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Kalnow, Dr. Stanley & Mickey Kaplan Foundation, and the Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee


There is a wide range of Art and Lecture series for more details please see,