The Taft Museum of Art may be among Cincinnati's most underrated attractions. This cultural gem rests behind a perfectly manicured lawn near downtown's Lytle Park. A National Historic Landmark, the museum opened its doors in 1932, five years after the family of President William Howard Taft bestowed upon the city of Cincinnati its private, 690-piece art collection. To this day, through the hard work of its staff and the generosity of its donors, the Taft Museum of Art maintains its reputation as one of the nation's best small art museums. In 2004, the museum reopened after extensive renovations and now sports a parking garage, the Fifth Third Gallery for special exhibits, the Dater Educational Room, the Luther Hall performance space/ lecture hall, a larger gift shop, and a café.
The Fifth Third Gallery has hosted many fascinating exhibitions. Highlights of recent years include "Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen," which showcased the craftsmanship and importance of costumes worn by the actors in films such as "Titanic," "Evita," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Ever After," and more. Another exhibition, "Antique Christmas," took patrons back through time to Christmas circa 1900 and featured decorations and toys made in the 19th and 20th centuries. "TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945" allowed visitors to examine works done in the highly influential photography style pictorialism, which incorporates certain elements of painting into the photographs—the artists' strategy to bring prestige to the art.
To supplement the galleries and exhibitions, the museum staff offers tours, classes, lectures, workshops, and programs for scouts. Event schedules and contact information can be found on the museum's website. The museum is fully accessible to guests with limited mobility. Guests with developmental, visual, or hearing impairments may contact the museum two weeks prior to their visit to request a sensory tour. Due to space restrictions, large and tandem strollers are not allowed. Only lightweight single umbrella strollers and soft-front carriers are permitted for parents with infants.
- Wednesday through Sunday: 11am to 5pm
- Monday and Tuesday: closed
- The museum is closed New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
- Adults: $8
- Seniors 60 and over: $6
- Students over 18: $6
- Youth 18 and under: free
- Admission is free for all visitors on Sundays
- Metro Stop:
- No. 1 bus stops near the museum
- Location: 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH
- Phone: 513-241-0343
- Website: www.taftmuseum.org