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Allen Memorial Art Museum

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Address: 87 N Main St, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone Number: +1 440-775-8665
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An Impressive Collection Well Presented

I am totally impressed withthe collection and the way it is displayed. The labels on the artwork are clear, concise and greatly informative.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ed W
Oberlin, Ohio
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Oberlin, Ohio
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am totally impressed withthe collection and the way it is displayed. The labels on the artwork are clear, concise and greatly informative.

Thank Ed W
Oberlin, Ohio
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is an amazing collection from every venue of art the world has known (well, close anyway). I was very much impressed and have taken family members who visit there. I highly recommend this site to all art lovers.

Thank pennypit
Perrysburg, Ohio
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is a well-curated museum that makes the most of its modest space. The artwork in here spans the range from early Roman/Egyptian/Asian/Greek art to Renaissance to Impressionism to modern and contemporary art. There are some real masterpieces here. For example, there is a painting Self-Portrait as a Soldier by German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig-Kirchner, for which a whole book has... More 

Thank Mike Z
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45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Besides the fact that the collection is encyclopedic and spectacular, this is one of the most charming and accessible ways to see great art in the country. The lovely building by Cass Gilbert dates from a time when art museums were not yet blockbuster sized institutions and works were hung high and deep. The building has just gone through a... More 

Thank Zzardvark
Oberlin, Ohio
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Not only does it have a fabulous permanent collection, with some excellent but minor pieces by great artists but the temporary exhibits are brilliant!!!!

Thank 114claraw
Morgantown, West Virginia
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

An article in Preservation magazine about restoration in the Cass Gilbert main building motivated our visit to Oberlin. The museum did not disappoint. The collection is varied with interesting special exhibits. The contemporary art in the Venturi-Brown addition was worth visiting. The number of groups touring the museum suggests an effective outreach program. It is a very good small museum.

Thank Nancy L
Cleveland, Ohio
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Surprising how much time you'll take to look at virtually everything in this fascinating museum collection. Allow for at least an hour. Astounding selection of impressionists. Cutting edge selection of modern. Superb, focused selection of ancient art in both stone and textiles. Keep an eye out for engrossing exhibitions. Can't say enough about what a great visit will be for... More 

Thank Llibsenoj
Watertown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

One of the treasures of this historic college community is the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Consistently ranked in the top five college art museums in the country with its collection of over 14,000 items, it has benefited in recent years from a multi-million dollar restoration process. The most beautiful aspect of the restoration is the ceiling in King Sculpture Court.... More 

Thank FrancesMilton
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Stunning collection of masterpieces -- from Dutch art to contemporary art. No wonder if has been called a "Mini Met"! Exhibitions are always interesting and engaging. The permanent collection is impressive. The security guards are very friendly and know quite a bit about the artworks on display. Ask them and they'll be more than happy to tell you..!

Thank StVM
Ohio USA
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176 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Oberlin College is known throughout the world as the first U.S. college to admit blacks and women, but the college is also responsible for starting a treasure of a small museum which has an international collection. Although they don't have a large collection, they have almost something of everything - so if you can't get to a big city museum,... More 

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