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Blair Museum of Lithophanes

5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, OH 43615
419-936-2986
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Ranked #12 of 30 Attractions in Toledo
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Cleveland
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149 reviews 149 reviews
90 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This teeny tiny museum (if another party is there you won't fit) is located on the grounds of the Toledo Botanical Garden. I always like to do something different but my family was not enthused when I announced we were going there "(Oh great, a nightlight museum" was one less than excited comment). However, everybody ended up having a great... More

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Roxbury, Vermont
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This little museum is packed with fascinating lithophanes. I'd never seen or heard of them before visiting, but they are beautiful and unique. The world class collection housed here is well-organized and attractively displayed. There is an introductory video and volunteer docents conduct tours and answer questions. Well worth a visit if you are in or near Toledo on a... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lithophanes are sure to impress anyone interested in the Victorian Arts. This museum has limited hours so make sure to plan a visit between the months of May and October.

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toledo,ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This museum houses a one time private collection of beautiful lithophanes. I doubt there is another like it. Beautiful! Located at Toledo Botanical Gardens which is a treasure in itself

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Our very inthusiastic tour guide made our experience much more than expected. The art was well displayed. It's a small museum speciallizing in Lithophanes and takes no more than an hour or two to take in. Well worth it.

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Toledo Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I had heard of the Blair Museum, but knew nothing of lithophanes. The really are beautiful. Located in a wonderful park too.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

My family and i recently visited this very fascinating exhibit. It we very cool, in the words of a 14 year old. The detail in the art was hands down the most beautiful. So impressed with the staff as well. They tour you through and explain it all to you. You can leave a donation of you want but otherwise... More

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I lived about a block away for 25 years... and never knew this existed. Wonderful exhibit and very knowledgeable guides. A great way to spend an hour or so.

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

The Blair Museum is the largest collection of lithophanes in the world! Who knew? Open on weekends from 1 - 4 PM in the warm months, it is a true learning experience. With about 500 lithophanes on view, it chronicles a time when post cards weren't available. Thin porcelain pieces that come alive when light is shown through them, they... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

If this museum were in New York, it would be mobbed with people looking for something out of the ordinary. Google "Lithophanes" and learn a little about this art form and then go see them in person.

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