Taft Museum of Art

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Taft Museum of Art
4.5
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Built in 1820 by Martin Baum, a merchant and Cincinnati's first millionaire, the house is a registered National Historic Landmark. The House was the home of Cincinnati's leading citizens for several generations. Among them was arts patron Nicholas Longworth, who hired African-American painter Robert S. Duncanson to paint eight landscape murals considered one of the finest suites of domestic murals dating from before the Civil War. Iron magnate David Sinton, father of museum co-founder Anna Sinton Taft, bought the house in 1871. He lived there with Anna, his only surviving child, and her husband, Charles Phelps Taft. The Taft's began to assemble a renowned collection of fine and decorative arts--items acquired not only for their beauty but also to teach and inspire, thus helping their community grow culturally and economically. In 1908, William Howard Taft--younger half-brother of Charles Phelps Taft--accepted his party's nomination for the U.S. presidency from the house's portico.
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AaronFWA
Angola, IN835 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2021
Unfortunately part of the house was closed for renovation but what there and exhibited was fantastic Do not miss if in cincy
Written October 12, 2021
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Jason S
Reedsburg, WI607 contributions
Unique collection
Aug 2021
This was my wife's pick on our trip to Cincinnati. She wanted to see some art work but didn't want to go to a very large art museum. The artwork is very all over the place. Some paintings, some pottery, and even a really unique ivory carving.

My wife thought that since this was in a historic home it would be setup more like a home. You would get to see the historic home in what it would have been when the artwork was in the building. This is not the case. It really was about three connected rooms with the collection inside. Granted the second wing of the museum was closed off so we don't know how much of the collection was not viewable.

Overall my wife was a little disappointed by the limited amount that she could see but appreciated the what we could see. Also one of the staff spent a lot of time with our son explaining things in the collection in a way that got him interested. This was above and beyond so that says something.
Written August 8, 2021
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margatemensch2016
Coconut Creek, FL710 contributions
A Pleasure To Be Among So Much Treasure
May 2021
Recently,I returned to the Taft Art Museum and I truly enjoyed my visit. I appreciated its delightful Old Master Dutch Paintings such as;Rembrandt's"Man Rising From Chair",Frans Hals'"Michael de Wael",Baltazar Van Ast's"Stillife With Tilted Basket",Gerard Terborch's"Sleeping Soldier",and Jan Steen's whimsical,"Doctor's Visit".,among others.I relished its fine 19th Century Realistic and Romantic Paintings such as;Anton Mauve's"Cattle Grazing"(Hague School),Jan Weissenbruch's"Grey Day"(Hague School),Josef Israel's"Sewing School"(Hague School),Jules Dupre's"Landscape With Cattle Drinking'(French Barbizon School),Pierre Etienne Theodore Rousseau's"Pond"(French Barbizon School),and Richard Bonington's"View Near Mantes",among others.
I saw fine American Paintings by Frank Duveneck("Cobbler's Apprentice"),John Singer Sargent("Robert Louis Stevenson"),and James McNeil Whistler("At The Piano"),among others.There also were quality paintings by such giants of British Art such as;Thomas Gainesborough,Joseph M.W Turner("Trout Stream and Joshua Reynolds.
There is also a very impressive collection of enamel paintings from the French Renaissance worthy of praise by Leonard Limousin("Children of Mars"),Couly Nouailler("Casket With Scenes of Putti"),and Pierre Reymond.
Returning to the Taft Art Museum was a priceless experience.,
Written June 4, 2021
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Ron S
New York City, NY4,794 contributions
Taft Museum of Art
Mar 2021
Absolutely wonderful! A small private collection of the Tafts located in their formed mansion showing their personal taste. A Rembrandt and three Halses are definite highlights but the collection ranges from Corneille de Lyon to Dutch painters (de Hoogh, ter Borch, Steen) to Goya, Turner, Corot and Sorolla. A couple of good Sargents, the portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson being one of them, and an interesting painting by Henry F. Farny. Excellent!
Written April 7, 2021
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Mike D
Lexington, KY97 contributions
House tour and art
Dec 2020
A different take on the art experience....I love museums but this has a nice unique feel by browsing wonderful artwork dispersed among different rooms set off hallways.in an older beautiful mansion.
Written February 22, 2021
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mishmosh_1
Cincinnati, OH155 contributions
fabulous visit
Dec 2020 • Couples
(We went the weekend before they temporarily closed in response to the covid spike in Ohio.) First time we had gone to a museum since January! It was an absolutely lovely way to spend a relaxed day. Felt very clean and safe. Reserved tickets in advance online. Checked out the Splendid Century exhibit and built to last exhibit. Loved learning the history of the building and the families who lived there before it became a museum. We had fun finding the house history facts in the different rooms and noticing details we had never noticed before. There is one xmas tree in the music room decorated by a local fiber artist. It’s full of details and we enjoyed walking around it to discover all the fun things on the tree. Gift shop never disappoints too! Found some gifts and enjoyed browsing.
Written December 12, 2020
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Kimberly H
Louisville, KY18 contributions
Delightful Afternoon
Sep 2020 • Family
My daughter and I went on a Sunday afternoon. I highly recommend a Sunday. The docents were exceptional- especially Chris- he was nice and delighted in sharing his knowledge of his favorite pieces as well as a little “magic”. Truly a lovely visit!
Written September 6, 2020
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atl_travel74
Cincinnati, OH33 contributions
Highly recommend
Dec 2019
The grounds are beautiful and the house and art work is wonderful. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They have free parking, which does fill up fast, but is really a plus. They have great programs. We were able to visit Santa and saw a penguin from Newport Aquarium all in the same visit.
Written July 14, 2020
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Corgi_Oh
OH114 contributions
Super museum
Mar 2020
This is a fabulous small museum. It is the mansion of the Tafts and contains their large and impressive art collection. It's therefore great to see both the house (though it smells a bit musty) and the artwork. It is also quite fascinating to see the collecting interests of a particular couple at a particular time, something most museums can't capture. There was also a great traveling show on Andrew Wyeth's father that we enjoyed a great deal. The cafe there also looks quite nice, though we did not eat there. Overall a completely lovely experience.
Written March 17, 2020
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nightingale1972
Terre Haute, Indiana, USA343 contributions
Interesting artwork and home
Jan 2020
The Taft has displays of paintings, Chinese ceramics, and other pieces of artwork. It is interesting to note that this is mostly the collection from one family who were related to President Taft. Recommended!
Written January 7, 2020
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