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Allen Memorial Art Museum

87 North Main Street, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074
440 775 8665
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Oberlin
Type: Art Museums
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Waterloo, Canada
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119 reviews 119 reviews
12 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We toured this amazing collection at high speed, since we had only a two-hour block of time available. We were fortunate to have the director available to point out highlights, and give us the interesting stories behind some of the acquisitions. This is a great place to see a diverse collection without being overwhelmed with room after room of things... More

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Girard
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Our visit was timed with an exhibition of etchings, etc. and it was very comprehensive. Nice environment overall with a nice variety of work in the museum. Do wish they could incorporate a little of the outdoors in their exhibits because the grounds are also nice.

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Portland
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188 reviews 188 reviews
55 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This college art museum has a broad collection. It's plenty big, but still manageable if you only have one or two hours. Monet's Wisteria is a highlight. So is the Token Booth by Red Grooms.

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Ashland, Ohio
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85 reviews 85 reviews
46 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a small, easy-to-navigate museum, that you can visit in a short period of time. Great impressionist works, very interesting. Free.

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OH
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We were really surprised as to the variety of the collections and the very well-known artists, i.e.: Miro, Hopper, Piccaso. It is easy to get around, not super huge, but quite impressive.

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Oberlin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Small, friendly, with a world class collection! Not to be missed. Located on the campus of Oberlin College across from Tappan Square. The main building was designed by Cass Gilbert, the addition by Venturi & Rauch. An interesting blend of traditional and late 20th century contemporary -- both in the architecture and the artwork. Within easy walking distance of downtown... More

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Chicago, IL
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159 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The Allen art museum is designed to look like an Italian palazzo. The older portion of the building certainly shows this, with a central courtyard with embellished ceiling and upper-story arcades. The addition is rather ugly from the outside, but has very good light distribution and maximizes display space. The art is well-curated, with a rotation of items on display... More

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Pittsburgh
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

It is a tiny museum with an amazingly broad collection. One or two examples of a lot of genre. A few years ago they were closed for renovations. We asked where the collection went - MOMA, the Met, and many other great museums. It gives you an insight into their collection. We try to visit every time we visit our... More

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Oberlin, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This college linked museum has an small but smart collection w a few works by major artists and others to be discovered, in a wonderful setting, as well as a constantly changing series of special exhibitions. And it's free. (Also frequent lectures, tours, weekly 1-work study, weekly tea party...

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Oberlin, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Despite what vdubfixer says, there are representatives from many major artists here. A chance to get up close and personal in a beautiful setting.

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