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Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin

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Admission to the AMAM is always free and open to the public.

The AMAM has an outstanding collection of nearly 14,000 works of art – including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings and photographs – that provide a comprehensive overview of the history of art from a variety of cultures. The collection is particularly strong in European and American paintings and sculpture from the 15th century to today, and has important holdings of Asian paintings, scrolls, sculpture and decorative art, including a large group of ukiyo-e prints. The museum also houses the Eva Hesse archives, which includes the artist’s notebooks, diaries, photographs and letters, and is proud to oversee, along with the Art Department, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Weltzheimer/Johnson House.

The collection is housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert and named after Dr. Dudley Peter Allen, a distinguished 1875 graduate of Oberlin College.

In 1977, a gallery for Modern and Contemporary art was added to the Cass Gilbert building. Designed by the architectural firm of Robert Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown, the gallery was funded by Ruth Coates Roush (OC 1934) and dedicated to professor of art Ellen Johnson (OC 1933).
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  • Amazing Cass Gilbert Art Museum. The inside is a study in arches. The ceiling is magnificent. The art collection is wonderful as well, but the building is not to be missed.  more »
  • My daughter and I decided to visit Oberlin one day while she was on thanksgiving break and before she returned to college for EXAMS. This is a gem, growing up around here, I never knew it was here. It...  more »
  • Great museum with a fantastic collection. We spent about 3 hrs and thoroughly enjoyed the entire collection. A must visit when in Oberlin. Highly recommended!  more »
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  • Lovely museum! A nice way to spend an hour or two on a rainy day, or even a sunny day. The galleries have been recently updated and there's more to see then it appears at first. A definite must-see if you happen to be in Oberlin.
  • Love the atmosphere. Beautiful and best of all free. The best hidden jewel of Oberlin.
  • I liked to look at the modern art and laugh about how much I dislike modern art. The staff was annoying and followed us around and basically told us not to look at the paintings so hard. I leaned on the wall for two seconds, pointed a little too close to the picture, had my phone screen on for a second too long before i started walking, on top of just senselessly following. It was too quiet and it was horribly uncomfortable. I would probably never want to go again.
  • 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.
  • 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!
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