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Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45406–4700
+1 937-223-4278
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Ranked #5 of 26 attractions in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions... more » Owner description: Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences. The Dayton Art Insitute is committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art. « less
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Dayton, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Allow plenty of time as there are several collections. The Art Institute often has special traveling exhibitions that are well worth the time and admission. Have been a member for many years.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I truly enjoy all art museums. This one is awesome, too. From old world masters, there's lots to enjoy here.

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Troy, Michigan, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We love to visit art museums around the country and were so pleased with the Dayton Art Institute. The museum building is so beautiful with lots of natural light. Galleries are intimate and wonderfully arranged. Display cards are easy to read and informative. This is a smaller museum then some we've been to and I liked that--perfect for a morning... More

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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We were here for a wedding, but we were able to tour the venue and I can speak to the staff and exhibits. The Dayton Art Institute is stunning, especially for a wedding! The ceiling is one big skylight, so it was beautiful at night! We loved the exposed brick in the room too. We were lucky enough that they... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was a fantastic museum, a lot better than I expected. It is inside a beautiful building, I believe it is inside an old mansion, with many additions. It is easy to get around, the rooms are in an octagon shape. They have an American Art Gallery with a Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Cassatt and many others. The grand hall is... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is impressive from the time you first lay eyes on it. The building itself is a regal example of Italian renaissance architecture that sits atop a hill overlooking downtown Dayton. You have the feeling as you drive up the hill to park that you are in for a treat. And indeed you are. The Guest... More

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58 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Anyone coming through Dayton needs to stop and see this art museum. The museum has wonderful contemporary, impressionist and classic art on display. I highly recommend attending either the Dayton Art Ball or Oktoberfest which takes place at the museum.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The Dayton Art museum is an iconic structure that overlooks downtown Dayton. The museum truly has exhibits worth seeing but, check the website for other activities. Programs for children, classes for adults. In the fall the DAI hosts a a great Oktoberfest to help support the institution. I believe this museum is far better than the Cincinnati Art museum.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great place to take out of town guests! Permanent collection of American Contemporary Art is fab! Good cafe too!

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Dayton, Ohio
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10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

My son was in town on Winter Break from college and we'd seen the DAI had a special Chagall exhibit, so we took a Saturday afternoon and went to the museum. The suggested fee is $8 with students and seniors free. I paid the $8, little enough to keep a great place like this functioning. The Chagall exhibit was very... More

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