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“One of the Hidden Gems of Cincinnati ! Don't Miss This One!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Taft Museum of Art

Taft Museum of Art
Ranked #21 of 159 things to do in Cincinnati
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Owner description: 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.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“One of the Hidden Gems of Cincinnati ! Don't Miss This One!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

This is one of those places which is not always listed in the "top" attractions of Cincinnati but really should be. The Taft Museum is the former Taft Family home located on 4th and Pike Sts on Lytle Park in downtown Cincinnati and is an art museum. It is not on a main byway and is not a huge museum. It has a wonderful collection of art mostly from the mid 19th century.( There is no modern art in this museum) They often have wonderful traveling shows at the museum.Food is served at a tiny cafe. Consider calling ahead for reservations as the cafe fills up fast and "reserves" get first dibs on tables. My only complaint ( which is minor) is that the actual service of "coffee" ends at 2 or 3 pm just about the time you would want a cup of coffee and a snack- wish they were open for coffee and cookies until 4 pm! There is also a small but well stocked gift shop.
The Museum has a parking garage behind the museum which cannot be seen from the street so do pull on down the drive to park as there is minimal street parking in that area. Touring the museum should take you from 1-2 hours as it is not a huge place .We went to see the Antique Christmas exhibit and the George Inness in Italy painting exhibit in Dec.2011. We are planning to return to Cincinnati to see the Monet Painting Exhibit over summer of 2012. The great part is that the price of the touring exhibit is usually included IN your admission ticket to the museum -which I hope they will keep this up! Also note the Museum is only open Wed- Sun. It is closed on Mon and Tues. This is one place I follow their exhibits online and make a note of the ones I want to make a trip to Cincinnati for. I have never been disappointed !

Visited December 2011
Thank triptique
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Not a fan....some of the art was intresting but I felt it was too far and few between to be worth it.

1 Thank travelBarbie61
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fast and good visit!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Interesting pieces of art to see, but the museum isn't so big. "The Cobbler's apprentice" is something great to see. I suggest you to read the texte about it beside it. There is one day of every week that the entry is free!!! I also suggest you to go to the "Corew tower" after visiting this museum.

Visited October 2011
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“A Neat Place To Spend A Couple Of Hours”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

The Taft is a small museum with limited exhibits but it's a charming place to visit and spend a couple of hours. There is a fee but it's free on Sundays and parking is also free. Built in 1820 it was the residence of several influential Cincinnati families the last being the Taft's - relatives to President William Howard Taft. The Tafts gave the property to Cincinnati and it was turned into a museum. Renovated in 2004, it is now a warm and inviting showplace for many unique pieces of art. They have a gift shop and a small dining area serving lunch. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Although it's small, allow two to three hours to see all the exhibits. During the Christmas season they decorate the rooms in an antique style that is both informative and delightful. Other exhibits run through the year.

Visited December 2011
Thank Bob S
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“Gem of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

If you are in Cincinnati, don't miss this lovely art museum. It's not large, but it's gorgeous and designed to showcase all their fabulous art in architecturally correct settings.

Visited October 2011
Thank Britishcats
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