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Allen Memorial Art Museum

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Address: 87 N Main St, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone Number: +1 440-775-8665
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One of the best college museums in the country--don't miss it!

Not only does it have a fabulous permanent collection, with some excellent but minor pieces by great artists but the temporary exhibits are brilliant!!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Oberlin, Ohio
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Oberlin, Ohio
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Not only does it have a fabulous permanent collection, with some excellent but minor pieces by great artists but the temporary exhibits are brilliant!!!!

Thank 114claraw
Morgantown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

An article in Preservation magazine about restoration in the Cass Gilbert main building motivated our visit to Oberlin. The museum did not disappoint. The collection is varied with interesting special exhibits. The contemporary art in the Venturi-Brown addition was worth visiting. The number of groups touring the museum suggests an effective outreach program. It is a very good small museum.

Thank Nancy L
Cleveland, Ohio
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Surprising how much time you'll take to look at virtually everything in this fascinating museum collection. Allow for at least an hour. Astounding selection of impressionists. Cutting edge selection of modern. Superb, focused selection of ancient art in both stone and textiles. Keep an eye out for engrossing exhibitions. Can't say enough about what a great visit will be for... More 

Thank Llibsenoj
Watertown, New York
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

One of the treasures of this historic college community is the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Consistently ranked in the top five college art museums in the country with its collection of over 14,000 items, it has benefited in recent years from a multi-million dollar restoration process. The most beautiful aspect of the restoration is the ceiling in King Sculpture Court.... More 

Thank FrancesMilton
Cleveland, Ohio
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Stunning collection of masterpieces -- from Dutch art to contemporary art. No wonder if has been called a "Mini Met"! Exhibitions are always interesting and engaging. The permanent collection is impressive. The security guards are very friendly and know quite a bit about the artworks on display. Ask them and they'll be more than happy to tell you..!

Thank StVM
Ohio USA
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168 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Oberlin College is known throughout the world as the first U.S. college to admit blacks and women, but the college is also responsible for starting a treasure of a small museum which has an international collection. Although they don't have a large collection, they have almost something of everything - so if you can't get to a big city museum,... More 

Thank Gryfudd
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Who would expect to see a Cezanne, a Matisse and a masterpiece of northern European baroque in Oberlin, Ohio? The Allen is an outstanding small museum with importan pieces from major periods starting in ancient Eqypt. It is particularly strong in European medieval and Renaissance religious art. The museum itself was designed by Cass Gilbert, with an addition by Robert... More 

Thank Robert B
Elyria, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Right on the campus of Oberlin College and in the little town of Oberlin. Beautiful Building. Lovely Art.

Thank Vickie T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As soon as you walk through the front doors, the spectacular ceiling of the vestibule captivates your attention and you realize that this is a very special place. The architectural layout of the building itself lets you wander from room to room, letting you discover some totally different era or medium as you turn a corner. If you have the... More 

Thank Barb B
Vermilion, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was so pleasantly surprised by my visit to the Allen Art Museum. I was very impressed with the extensive collection with works by many famous artists such as Picasso, Monet and Dali. The collection covers all of art history from BC to current. I never expected this so close to my home. I enjoyed it more than the Cleveland... More 

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