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The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton

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4.5/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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  • The Dayton Art Institute is a wonderful place to spend some time if you are in Dayton or have any interest in art. This is a small to medium art museum, but they do an awful lot right. I give a lot of...  read more »
  • The Art Institute has had trouble in the past getting special exhibits that people like but the last one that featured art made with light was excellent. the new head of the institute really understan...  read more »
  • The fun part of visiting these smaller museums in smaller cities is that they cannot and do not compete with ones such as NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. This museum has many artists I was not famil...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I was so, so surprised by the quality of this place when I went as part of a work retreat. This is a legitimate, and very good, art museum. Fantastic exhibits, a ton of stuff to see that cannot be taken in all in one day even if you ran, and a wonderfully comfortable marble environment that harkens back to ancient Rome or Greece. Seriously friends - just go. Give it a try. I was blown away by the quality. It is genuinely better than some art museums I've been to in my life, especially in the Cincinnati area.
  • Very nice, quiet place to enjoy art from around the world. They have a very nice, albeit kinda small collection. I went through it in about two hours and felt that I had a thorough tour of it. Definitely worth visiting.
  • 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.
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