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Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin

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The Allen Memorial Art Museum is located in Oberlin, Ohio and is run by Oberlin College. Founded in 1917, its collection is one of the finest of any college or university museum in the United States, consistently ranking among those of Harvard and Yale. The collection contains over 14,000 works of art.The AMAM is primarily a teaching museum, and it is a vital cultural resource for the students, faculty, and staff of Oberlin College as well as the surrounding community. Notable strengths include seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art, nineteenth and early twentieth-century European and contemporary American art, and Asian, European, and American works on paper. The collection is housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert and named after its founder, Dr. Dudley Peter Allen, a distinguished graduate and trustee of Oberlin College.The AMAM is also known for its art rental program which enables Oberlin College students to rent works of art by notable artists such as Renoir, Picasso, and Dalí for five dollars a semester.In 1977, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown designed an addition that represents one of the earliest and finest examples of postmodern architecture in the United States. In 2011, the historic museum underwent a two-year retrofit; after which it was awarded with USGBC LEED Gold certification.
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  • Extensive collection of so much; impossible to classify all. Wonderful staff and directors. The college itself is outstanding and the museum simply reinforces the college's offerings. There is a good ...  more »
  • Great art, interesting, great location, within walking distance of everything. I love visiting this place  more »
  • The Allen Art Museum has an incredible collection. It's a free museum and while it has a large permanent collection, much of their collection is on loan to other museums. Allen Art Museum benefits fro...  more »
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  • An outstanding art museum by any measure - especially for a college museum. I don't think enough locals in Oberlin and especially in Cleveland come out to visit this wonderful place. It's free and open to the public and boy is it worth it. Many of the big names can be found inside, as well as a well-curated collection of other artists. If you are looking for a day trip - come to Oberlin and visit the AMAM!
  • Any museum that is free is already awesome, but they have many interesting exhibits and plenty of beautiful artwork too!
  • Truly a great museum, it's an honor to live nearby. Admission is free.
  • Free! Manageable collection. Take the free audio tour. They enlist the diverse range of faculty to talk about and respond to the art. Learned about optics of physics in a pointelist painting.
  • Nice small museum that's worth checking out.