Address: 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: (513) 639-2995
Info: General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is free Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays) made possible by a generous gift. The Cincinnati Art Museum no longer charges for special exhibitions or general admission and has instated a $4 per vehicle parking charge. Art Museum members and volunteers receive free parking. School groups recieve free parking if they reserve in advance with the Tour Coordinator at (513) 639-2975. Handicap parking spaces and an access ramp are available near the DeWitt entrance (located at the rear of the Art Museum). In general, parking is limited, and at certain events, off-site shuttles are provided to accommodate demand.
At the museum: Gift shop (Art Museum members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise), Terrace Cafe (open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Mondays.), Alice Bimel Courtyard has tables and chairs for the public to enjoy snacking outside , WiFi in the café and the courtyard – thanks to Lily Pad (Metro & TW Business Class), Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives (open Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and the Archives is open by appointment only.)
Their website says, “One of the oldest arts institutions in the United States, the Cincinnati Art Museum has a rich collection of more than sixty thousand works of art, spanning six thousand years. This unique collection includes the ancient art of Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as Near and Far Eastern art, art of Africa and the Americas, costume and textiles, prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and contemporary art.”
AND from the eyes of a parent, the Cincinnati Art Museum is so much more. It is an inspiring and educational playground that has even the smallest of kids appreciating masterpieces of art, fun prizes, and being creative. Be sure to check out their website for weekly and monthly events.
Typical Day:When first arriving, we always ask the front desk for their scavenger hunt of the month. Yes, they have a list of 10 or so questions and the answers are found in the different rooms and exhibits throughout the Art Museum within paintings or scultures, instruments, and historic objects. It is a fantastic way to entertain children without them having a clue that they are actually learning to see the amazing detail in art. The best part about the scavenger hunt is when we return to the front desk where they recieve a prize for answering the questions. They are not that strict on perfection … only effort It truly doesn’t matter what the prize is – from whistles to 3-d foam puzzles and trinkets – it is the excitment of a prize for their successful hunt.
I usually pack a lunch and when the weather is nice, we’ll head out to the courtyard for a relaxing snack by the shallow water falls and beautiful landscaped trees.
Then if it’s a weekend day, it’s straight down to the ground level (or basement), better known as Artworld! Their website says, “Explore the interactive discovery area for families at the Art Museum. Themes rotate two to three times per year and always feature hands-on activities for all ages, interests, and learning styles. Artworld is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as well as certain holidays and special events throughout the year. Artworld admission and activities are always free (which includes materials).” In the ArtWorld room, we play for as long as they want in the multiple stations of crafty hands-on areas. One Saturday, they made square plexiglass tiles with glue dots and many different kinds of supplies including jewels, varieties of cut paper, beads, colored string, and foam pieces. Another time, there were huge rolls of colored paper that they colored with markers and crayons. I also found the kids completely entertained with yard todum poles…. yes, they provided lots of different color yarn and the children could wrap them round and round to create a colorful design. Too FUN!
Cincy Kids: APPROVE!