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Blair Museum of Lithophanes

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Address: 5403 Elmer Dr, Toledo, OH 43615-2803
Phone Number: 419-936-2986
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Exquisite small museum that is free of charge. Only open MAY-OCT on weekends 1-4pm Sat and Sun. The unique collection displays lithophanes which are back-lit porcelain pictures... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Exquisite small museum that is free of charge. Only open MAY-OCT on weekends 1-4pm Sat and Sun. The unique collection displays lithophanes which are back-lit porcelain pictures. they come in all sorts of interesting objects. This museum is definitely worth the stop. It is in the Toledo botanical Gardens surrounded by other small craft workshops also open to the public.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This teeny tiny museum (if another party is there you won't fit) is located on the grounds of the Toledo Botanical Garden. I always like to do something different but my family was not enthused when I announced we were going there "(Oh great, a nightlight museum" was one less than excited comment). However, everybody ended up having a great... More 

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Roxbury, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This little museum is packed with fascinating lithophanes. I'd never seen or heard of them before visiting, but they are beautiful and unique. The world class collection housed here is well-organized and attractively displayed. There is an introductory video and volunteer docents conduct tours and answer questions. Well worth a visit if you are in or near Toledo on a... More 

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Thank Roxsters
Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lithophanes are sure to impress anyone interested in the Victorian Arts. This museum has limited hours so make sure to plan a visit between the months of May and October.

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toledo,ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This museum houses a one time private collection of beautiful lithophanes. I doubt there is another like it. Beautiful! Located at Toledo Botanical Gardens which is a treasure in itself

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Thank Nancy B
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Our very inthusiastic tour guide made our experience much more than expected. The art was well displayed. It's a small museum speciallizing in Lithophanes and takes no more than an hour or two to take in. Well worth it.

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Thank Jim L
Toledo Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I had heard of the Blair Museum, but knew nothing of lithophanes. The really are beautiful. Located in a wonderful park too.

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Thank BobKlahn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

My family and i recently visited this very fascinating exhibit. It we very cool, in the words of a 14 year old. The detail in the art was hands down the most beautiful. So impressed with the staff as well. They tour you through and explain it all to you. You can leave a donation of you want but otherwise... More 

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I lived about a block away for 25 years... and never knew this existed. Wonderful exhibit and very knowledgeable guides. A great way to spend an hour or so.

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Thank Barb T
Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

The Blair Museum is the largest collection of lithophanes in the world! Who knew? Open on weekends from 1 - 4 PM in the warm months, it is a true learning experience. With about 500 lithophanes on view, it chronicles a time when post cards weren't available. Thin porcelain pieces that come alive when light is shown through them, they... More 

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