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Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45406–4700
+1 937-223-4278
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Ranked #7 of 28 Attractions in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Bradenton, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This museum is a perfect size for a few hours of visit. Spacious rooms with historical features and lovely views! The new glass exhibit is beautiful! They also have a lovely museum shop of which we partook...that might be ungrammatical, but such a variety of art pieces to children's toys. Lovely afternoon!

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Dayton is a small city with great cultural amenities. The DAI tops the list of those amenities. No entry fee for main exhibit. Small fee for special exhibits.

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Ohio
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

My husband and I have senior memberships to the Dayton Art Institute. The special exhibits are well worth the membership price. Recently, we saw the glass exhibit which was stunning. My grandchildren like the experience center on the lower level. There are also concerts in the auditorium. I would like to see some different things displayed in the various exhibit... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I included this in our visit to Dayton to complement the US Air Force Museum, and I must say it exceeded my expectations. Obviously this is not the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the collection is limited. But it does have some really fine works of art. in addition I found the temporary exposition of glass-art really interesting and beautiful.... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visit art museums every where we go. Places like chicago Boston and Cleveland - are really top rated museums, and you should plan a full day or multiday exploration. However, Oberlin, Dayton and Indianapolis, and Denver are for beginners, just to mention a few. Cleveland is FREE!!!! Chicago $. yet both are absolutely extraordinary. Over all, its up to... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Excellent place to have a wedding. nice courtyard for the ceremony. If it had rained they could have easily moved it inside. Reception was inside in nice high ceiling rotunda. Great surroundings for a wedding/event.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

From now through September 28, 2014, the Dayton Art Institute is exhibiting art glass by many artists including Chihuly and Jon Kuhn. There are exemplars of each of 5 techniques for producing art glass. If your travels are anywhere within 50 miles of Dayton, Ohio, stop in for a visit to the Dayton Art Institute.

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Booker, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I would like to start out by suggesting that when you visit, you start your visit with a meal in the Leo Bistro. I had the Turkey Panini with a cup of the Creamy Tomato Basil soup & they were absolutely delicious! The service was very good & the prices were very reasonable. It was a wonderful way to start... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

They do ask for a donation during your visit but you are not obligated to... multiple changes to exhibits through the year... we went awhile back to see the nativity exhibits from around the world

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Art Museums I remember from my childhood were very quiet/keep your hands to yourself places. DAI gives out sketch kits and scavenger hunts to kids. We always end up sprawled on the floor sketching or building something and THEY ENCOURAGE IT!

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