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The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton

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  • loved walking around looking at all of the beautiful artwork. Love being able to go at your own pace. Also like they have places to sit and just take in the scenery.  more »
  • This is a small but really interesting museum. They not only have a fascinating collection but the building itself it is a piece of art. They have free parking, and the contribution is almost requeste...  more »
  • We went here recently for the Penguin exhibit and my 3 year old loved it. This place is just so beautiful and always fun to go to. The women in the gift shop were wonderful!  more »
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  • I absolutely love the DAI! It's such a wonderful place to go, no matter if you've been before, they have rotating exhibits & rotate the permanent gallery art as well! They have a great kids space with hands on interactive areas & a great little cafe & gift shop! My mother has served as a volunteer docent (gives tours) here for over 15 years. It's a place you must see for yourself, as the building alone is a work of art & staple to our Gem City skyline.
  • The October fest is ok, honestly not alot to do there, food is overpriced. When you have german food there you shouldn't run out of schnitzel at 8pm, thats kind of unacceptable for something that involves such little prep to make. Not really a true Octoberfest, more of a fund rasing money grab.
  • Very disappointed in the current exhibit, The Antarctic Subline & Elements of Nature. The entire exhibit consisted of three pieces. Yes, three. After all the publicity over the exhibit, we where very disappointed. We each paid an additional entrance fee of $7.00 to view three pieces. You couldn't contact other institutions to borrow more peices for your "exhibit"? You couldn't contact local schools/students to participate in your "exhibit" ? Shame on you.
  • We visit every couple of months - it is an amazing building, the entry is beautifully framed with hand-forged steel railing. There are numerous areas for different types of art, children's activities and special exhibits. The glass pieces - Chihuy, Lalique, Tiffany...I visit them every time. I recently visited the "Sublime Water" exhibit and had fun activating the penquins with family. The museum store offers a great variety of gifts and pieces of art; we have found it perfect for special occasions or visitors looking for souvenirs. Parking is easy and it's free (except for special exhibits). I suggest becoming a member-you will use your membership and also support this great institution.
  • We went on a Saturday intending to go to a family craft. Their website made it sound like a drop in craft going on between 1-3 in the afternoon. We arrived shortly before 2, but we were told at the front desk that it was already over. We went ahead and paid to see the museum, but it was pretty boring for my 6 year old. She liked the glass art section and the kids area was ok, but I doubt we will visit again.