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Dayton Art Institute

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Address: 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton, OH 45405-4700
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+1 937-223-4278
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier...

Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences. The Dayton Art Insitute is committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art.

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Love this place! A Dayton Ohio landmark I would recommend this place to anyone. Also where the Oktoberfest is held every year!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place! A Dayton Ohio landmark I would recommend this place to anyone. Also where the Oktoberfest is held every year!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lovely permanent collection, diverse, lots of modern stuff. all the usual boring paintings of dead white rich people from the European past, but really nice multicultural things, too. we love the outdoor sculptures and the feel of the indoor space. lovely!

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Dayton OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very knowledgeable curators! Excellent exhibit, beautiful facility, we will definitely return. Building exterior is a work of art itself.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very relaxing to stroll through the museum. We have enjoyed many of the special exhibits in the past.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Alway enjoy going to DAI. The exhibitions have been more spectecular in the past but the newer ones have been interesting too. The pieces in the permanent exhibitions are wonderful and very educational without having to go to Chicago! Very glad to have this temple of art in our city!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It’s been several decades since I last visited the Dayton Art Institute. I recently decided to visit it again, and am glad I did! As always, the architectural setting is remarkably beautiful, on par with major American and European museums. The collection is impressive, especially for a city the size of Dayton. Highlights include the Institute’s modern and contemporary art... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I love it! The DAI provides an amazing combination of artwork, classic architecture, events, classes, special exhibits, and venues. Recently I took a reminiscent solo trip in this great treasure of Ohio. It is so covenient to travel on I-75 and yet so beautifully seated on a hill overlooking the river and Dayton cityscape. The staff and volunteers are as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

This is a small museum, with some surprisingly lovely modern and contemporary pieces, charming architecture, and pretty solid visiting exhibitions. They had a fairly transcendent landscape photography exhibit visiting when I toured. There are also some arresting paintings in the American gallery that I have never seen before. Worth the visit if your from out of town.

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Thank Elizabeth B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Dayton Oktoberfest at DAI is definitely something to check out! But, if you aren't here for that single weekend in September DAI has an amazing collection to view at anytime! Admission is free to permanent exhibits and very reasonable to touring exhibits. The building and grounds are absolutely beautiful and definitely worth the trip!

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Dayton, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Oktoberfest is the best part of the museum. This function always is a good time and brings out some nice vendors and good food. The museum itself is overpriced and unfortunately just does not have the art attractions that so many other museums seem to have. If you compare it to the Cincinnati Museum of art or the Toledo Museum... More 

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