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Dayton Art Institute, Dayton

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Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences. The Dayton Art Institute is committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art.

To learn more about the museum, call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.

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  • We are so lucky to have this beauty here in the Dayton area! From their selection offers an array of artists you'll find in big cities and of course they have exhibits touring the country. The venue a...  more »
  • It’s an interesting place to visit and Oktoberfest is always a blast here but my favorites are the visiting exhibits. I’ve gotten to see Dale Chihuly glass installations, Princess Diana’s dresses and ...  more »
  • A little gem here in Dayton. I always enjoy the visit. I like the building and enjoy the artwork. Have been to much nicer museums. Detroit and Chicago offer very fine museums relatively close by us. B...  more »
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  • I visited the DAI on a Saturday, only to stumble upon a few other visitors during the several hours I spent there. In fact, I hardly even saw any security guard in the galleries. You can usually sense their presence in many smaller art museums. Perhaps there is little need to monitor their artwork as there are so few people, but this institution certainly deserves more attendance. It is architecturally beautiful, and is situated on a little hill with a view of downtown Dayton and the Miami River. Moreover, staff are nice, facilities are well-kept, and admission is by suggested donation. The collection, while having no stand-out pieces of work, is encyclopedic. Whether you are into Old Master paintings or Japanese woodblock prints, or artifacts from ancient cultures, there is always something to hold your interest. On the downside, some galleries, such as the Southeast Asian Art one, are much less curated compared to the others. Also, many vitrines have highly reflective glass, which results in a less enjoyable viewing experience. Last, for display cases with numerous objects inside (e.g. in Art of the Ancient Americas gallery), numbers should be placed to help match interpretive text to corresponding objects. But these shouldn't discourage you from visiting this museum. It is about an hour's drive from either Cincinnati or Columbus, and it's worth the drive.
  • DAI is an amazing resource for the Dayton area. I have attended specific events here, and I have just gone for spur of the moment art immersion. It never disappoints. Thank goodness for the forethought of the founders, and for the hard work of the director and staff, and for the donations from generous people who love to share beauty. We just attended the 100th birthday party event today, and I enjoyed it so much. Go. See. Think. You will love it.
  • Lovely museum with a lot of character in the architecture (little garden with plaster cast figures is so peaceful, tiny lion heads decorating the edges of the roof, intricately carved stone doorways). Didn't get to explore it all today, but definitely worth a trip back!
  • Happy Birthday DAI! The party and entertainment today were fun. I look forward to using my new membership in the days and year to come!
  • The displays were beautiful and explained well. The flow into each area is simple and helpful. Every time I go, though, an exhibit seems to be closed due to renovations.
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