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Taft Museum of Art

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Address: 316 Pike St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone Number: 513-241-0343
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Description: Housed in a 175-year-old Federal building, this private art collection...
Housed in a 175-year-old Federal building, this private art collection - one of the world's best - includes art from around the world, from 13th-century European sculpture to ancient Chinese porcelains to 17th-century European painting.
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Great art in a beautiful property

This is both an art museum --with old masters paintings-- and a decorative arts museum in the form of the historical mansion that is the original building. Since it is December... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews 120 reviews
68 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is both an art museum --with old masters paintings-- and a decorative arts museum in the form of the historical mansion that is the original building. Since it is December they have supplemented the regular art with a large number of displays of Christmas decorations from earlier centuries and other countries. These pieces alone were worth the trip. I... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I Love this museum. In my opinion, viewing exhibits from various rooms of this home made them a little more interesting. I really enjoyed the Christmas exhibits, it was a stroll in Christmases past.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's an annual Christmas tradition to go to the Taft and see the antique Christmas feather trees and decorations. The Taft also has wonderful exhibits and a wonderful art collection. The gift shop and café are fabulous too.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Recommend having a docent give a tour. Ours shared interesting facts. Ate in the cafe. We had a person with some dietery restrictions. Called several days in advance and the chef made an amazing luncheon plate that was perfect. Food was very good. Service was excellent for our group of 13. Would highly recommend.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Taft Museum of Art is one of Cincinnati's crown jewels. The art collection, brought together by Charles and Annie Taft (Half-brother and Sister-in-law of President Taft) was given to the people of Cincinnati upon their death. The collection features priceless works of European, Asian and American art, in may respects, rivaling the excellent collection at the much larger, Cincinnati... More 

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Hamilton, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Having been to the Taft Museum a number of times, each time we visit is pure pleasure. The recent special exhibit is black and white photos of Paris from the 1940s. They are not the traditional views but are memorable in their perspective. Make sure you visit their lovely cafe for a French themed lunch and save room for dessert.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I attended the Taft with friends on a Sunday (free). I have a greater appreciation for the legacy of the Taft family after reading Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearn Goodwin. So glad that this touchstone has been beautifully preserved in Cincinnati!

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Aberdeen, Maryland
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117 reviews 117 reviews
54 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Turned out the Taft is admission free on Sundays, but it would have been well worth the price of a ticket. And there is parking UNDER the museum--free with price of entry--so make sure you look for that. Take your time to read the many thoughtful labels. I particularly enjoyed the ones at the beginning of the museum space that... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Go on Sunday morning. Admission to the museum is free on Sunday. Have breakfast in their café. It's a delightful little spot. If you're in Cinn for the weekend, this is a nice way to spend Sunday morning before you drive home. This museum is an easy walk from all the downtown hotels.

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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

First of all, there is free parking under the museum, and we made the mistake of parking on the street, so park under the museum. We have North American reciprocal privileges with many art museums, so at least our entrance fee was free. There is a cafe here if you want to eat before or after. Charles Taft was the... More 

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