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Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin, OH)

Oberlin College, 87 North Main Street
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The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College has outstanding holdings of nearly 14,000 works of art, providing a comprehensive overview of the history of art. Founded in 1917 – and continuing to offer free admission nearly a century later – the museum has been recognized as one of the five best college and university art museums in the United States.

The museum’s collection is housed in an Italian Renaissance-style building filled with old master and 19th-century paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. The museum added a gallery for Modern and Contemporary art in 1977 as well. AMAM features a robust public education program, an extensive special exhibition schedule, and a unique student art lending program that places items from their permanent collection throughout the Oberlin campus on a rotating basis.

Emerging from a major renovation effort in 2011, the museum has reinstalled their permanent collection into the galleries. The project has allowed AMAM to preserve their historic building while improving the way they care for and provide access to their art collections. (KCE)

Allen Memorial Art Museum Information

  • Public Transportation: Poor
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Admission: Free
  • Tour: Docent-led and self-guided group tours are available during regular museum hours for groups of 10 or more and usually last 45 minutes to 1 hour. A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required
  • Membership: Oberlin College Students ($15); Senior and Students ($20); Individual ($40); Family ($50); Contributing Members ($100–$499); Supporting Members ($500–$999); Director’s Circle ($1,000+). Depending on level, member benefits include participation in the Holiday Museum Purchase Party; invitations to exhibition openings and special events; tours of art exhibitions around the region; conservation discounts at the ICA; free exhibition catalogue; recognition in Oberlin College’s annual gift report; two free publications; exclusive opportunity to join the Director on tours of other museums and private collections; and more.