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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 DalĂ­ 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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  • I took my 12 year old for a visit here and we had a great time. It's been updated since we were last here with the entire family in tow, and there's some new galleries open now focusing on women in ar...  more »
  • Incredible collection. Brilliant curators. Beautiful display. This museum has so much to offer anyone from the casual visitor to the focused academic. Next to the Conservatory, it's the best thing abo...  more »
  • With frequently changing installations and a large collection, I can enjoy the museum on every visit to Oberlin.  more »
  • It was an interesting look at art. It has been quite a while since I stepped inside of the museum. I viewed many great pieces of work, learned about Asian culture in particular and will return with my son soon.
  • Love of art! Free admission.
  • Lots of nice art, very small.
  • 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!
  • Free admission for an impressive collection in an intimate setting. Changing exhibitions.

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