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Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo

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4.8/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
For a look at a world-renowned collection of glass art, sculptures, and paintings, stop by Toledo Museum of Art. Founded by glassmaker Edward Drummond Libbey in 1901, the museum features an extensive collection of glass art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is also known for a large collection of European and American art, plus smaller exhibits featuring Renaissance, Greek, Roman, and Japanese art. A major work by Peter Paul Ruben, "The Crowning of Saint Catherine," is here, as well as several well-known smaller pieces by Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and other notable artists. Our Toledo vacation generator makes visiting Toledo Museum of Art and other Toledo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Had heard this was a surprising museum but was completely blow away by the French Impressionists they had off the main lobby. There was also a good Korean and Asian collection although it is mostly ce...  read more »
  • This place! I can not say enough of how this place has changed me in so many ways! It has given me a new found love for glass! For Art! My wife and I on Sunday sat for 2 and a half hours watching the ...  read more »
  • It is hard to describe this place! It is a jewel in the City of Toledo. We have incredible art here. I takes you back in time. It is a great first date. For one it's free and you can just look at beau...  read more »
  • Three separate buildings. Original looks like a replica of the Parthenon with its classical look from Monroe Avenue. Note the ethereal green color of the steps nearest the entrance which comes from the copper trim or gutters around the building's roof line leaching off. Sculptures abound around the garden setting on the Monroe Avenue front. On the eastern end of the building is the Frank Gehry designed addition which is totally different and ominously (for me) blockhouse looking. Across the street is the glass collection's building which is, of course, totally glass and very well designed. In fact, one of the best parts of the Toledo is the architecture of all three buildings. The complex is located a few blocks from I-75 with super easy access. Entrance to the complex is usually by car and from the parking lot which is in the back of the original building. The lot entrance is on the western end of the original building; don't miss the easily overlook garden on that end, too. Nicely done parking lot with carport like structure with solar panels on top and shade or cover for your vehicle. You enter on the lower level of the original building where you pay your (currently) $5 parking fee. Museum entrance is free. Note the extraordinary large sized Matisse tile "painting" on the wall before the stairs to the main level. Layout here is quite spacious and easy to explore. When thinking about the entire complex, I'd say this museum more than most is all about sculpture though there are plenty of paintings. Can't say enough superlatives about the glass portion of the museum. For example, where else in the world would you ever find a number of Chihuly works that are set amongst his contemporary glass artists of renown. Seattle's got more Chihuly works by far but not with the context you get here. And where else can you buy Chihuly works in the museum gift shop. Lastly, be sure to take in the sculpture on the entire complex's grounds. I loved actual Paris Metro entrance (from 1900) installed on the Monroe Avenue area.
  • You would think a town like Toledo whose two biggest exports are sadness and spousal abuse would not have a top notch art museum, but that is not the case. This place has some very nice specimens and is of a great size. There is even a painting that looks like my main man, Jimmy P, I call him Jim P for short. I also call him Jim, and sometimes just refer to him as, "Hey you." Long story short Jimmy P has few names that he responds to and Toledo has an art museum. On a side note, I know another Jimmy P but there is not a painting that looks like him here.
  • The Toledo Museum of Art is amazing! From the marble stairs leading up to the main entrance to the displays inside. You can't ask for a better free experience. The glass museum is also a treat across the street. If you go at the right time you can even catch an informative glass blowing session. Parking is five dollars and is conveniently located near the building. The grounds are covered in sculptures, if you are interested in a romantic picnic spot. There is also a kids room deep in the heart of the basement area. Plenty to see. You should give yourself more than a single outing to see one of Toledo's finest relics of its golden era.
  • If you are visiting (or live in) Toledo, and any part of you likes art in even the slightest - you should visit the TMA. Admission is free, but parking in their main lot is $5 - unless you want to park somewhere else and walk to it. I like to stop here every few months to see the different exhibits they have going through. There is a great collection here of old and new pieces - including a very cool Ancient Egypt collection, and a couple of Van Gogh's I always like to see.
  • Amazing museum and a friendly helpful staff. Great collection of art and artifacts, and many well planned events throughout the year. Definitely one of the best places to visit in Toledo.
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