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Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45406–4700
+1 937-223-4278
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Ranked #6 of 27 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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English first
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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Brighton, Michigan
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81 reviews 81 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I went to this art institute on June 12, 2014 by myself. I had read reviews and walking through this museum (about 2.5 to three hours) exceeded my expectations. I started on the second floor which was arranged from early paintings (European and religious) to later paintings (contemporary). There were contemporary paintings from the 20th century. In each room, there... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I absolutely loved the Dayton Art Institute when I went! I was there for the UpDayton Summit (nonprofit organization centered around making Dayton a better place), so I didn't have that much time to actually look around and enjoy the art, but I was taken aback by how exceptionally beautiful it was!! I was blown away with the architecture and... More

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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I went to the Dayton Art Institute for a program and had the opportunity to tour some of the art work. It was great. To see the different types of art work by various artist with different styles.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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

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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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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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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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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