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“Small, quaint family collection.”
Review of Taft Museum of Art

Taft Museum of Art
Ranked #16 of 199 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.
Reviewed August 12, 2008

My sisters and I visited the Taft Museum on August 9, 2008. The building itself is beautiful. There is a small cafe and a small gift shop in the back. The entrance is to the rear of the facility and is not marked along Pike. You do need to walk down the sidewalk to the rear to get in. They discount for teachers and AAA, which made us very happy. There was an additional $5 charge for an Italian Landscape exhibit that we only found two paintings to be to our liking. I'm not sure I'd spend the money if I were attending again.

This is apparently a privately held establishment. I've been to most of the larger art museums... Chicago Art Institute, National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Metropolitan, Guggenheim and MoMA in NYC, and the Cincinnati Museum of Art. All of these facilities allow you to photograph the paintings. I've always treasured the photographs I take, especially when they remind me that I saw these beautiful works of art firsthand. I was shocked when we asked if we could take photos (I always ask to verify...and I never use flash) and the response was "No, this is an ART MUSEUM." It took everything in me not to respond with my knowledge of many "art museums" that do allow photography.

There were several very nice pieces. One Rembrandt. A large collection of chinese pieces.

As in a previous review, I did feel as if the guards were following/watching our every move. I did have my camera around my neck, as I had nowhere to put it when told not to use it, but the cap was securely in place during my entire visit.

The $8 fee is not excessive as this is apparently not a public facility, but I feel they do need to relax their attitudes. I would think most of the patrons would be people, like myself, who love art, have no desire to harm it, but want to go away feeling as if they've had a good experience. The next time I'm in Cincinnati, I'll run up to Eden Park to the Cincinnati Museum of Art where admission is free, I can take photographs, and I'll see some truly enjoyable pieces.

2  Thank lishus
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Reviewed November 19, 2007

i have been to many art museums. if they charge more than $8 they certainly have a reason for it (MET, Chicago etc). we were not very happy with paying to get in only to find less than 10 rather small rooms that contained very little art. do not get me wrong, the art that was there was very nice and the interior of the building itself was a work of art. but there was really very little to see and there was only one rembrandt. there was no photography allowed which suprised me because all museums allow people to photography, sketch or paint in the museum because the art inspires them. the guards literally watched us like hawks to be certain we did not take a picture of the 25 paintings in the building. go to the art museum in eden garden which is just on the otherside of I-71. this is actually a museum of art and not a business. best of all is that it is free and you can stay as long as you like, take pictures, and not be followed by guards who look at you suspectingly.

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Reviewed August 1, 2006

This July 4th, I had the privilege of visiting this delightful relatively small art museum with marvelous Dutch Master paintings (Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Terborch, Diest, Pieter de Hooch)and French Realistic paintings (Corot, Daubigny, Ingres, Troyon). It has a splendid collection of ancient Chinese treasures also and Frank Duveneck's masterpiece", Cobbler's Apprentice" .

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Reviewed October 11, 2016
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Reviewed July 22, 2016
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