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 !
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