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Contemporary Arts Center

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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
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Address: 44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3998
Phone Number: +1 513-345-8400
11:00 - 18:00
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Mon 10:00 - 21:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 18:00

Reputed for its thought-provoking and innovative paintings, photography and...

Reputed for its thought-provoking and innovative paintings, photography and other arts, this center, founded in 1939, is in a new six-story building that is a work of art itself, with fascinating features both inside and out.

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When I lasted visited The Contemporary Arts Center, I learned of children's educational programs that as a parent found interesting. Displays of the children's work, art for them... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We moved from Toronto to Cincinnati in 1999, and was a fairy big shock moving from our beloved city, full of museums and art, to what we first considered a very “fly-over” city. What we did not know at that time was that the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Board of Trustees awarded, just a year before, world class architect Zaha... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I lasted visited The Contemporary Arts Center, I learned of children's educational programs that as a parent found interesting. Displays of the children's work, art for them to explore, workshops etc. There is also several pieces for adults to enjoy, very modern and fascinating. Also take a walk though the gift shop, especially if you're looking for a unique... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great architectural building in the heart of downtown Cincinnati with thought provoking art and a cool cafe with good eats. The art center itself is fully funded for a time and now everyone can enjoy it free of charge. What's not to love about that? Take the time, it's worth it.

Thank sherrytrebes
Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very attractive architecturally interior, thanks to Zaha Hadid: huge spaces to intimate galleries; shallow stairs (5" rise x 18" depth) that make it appear to go on forever but easily climbed with any labored breathing; back/north wall that extends to the highest floor. Electrical problem in November, 2016 meant LED light installation on that wall was just metal objects of... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ever changing location with very... unique kinds of art....even if its not your taste of art its still a beautiful location and neat venue for weddings/receptions.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

There were 2 floors open, one for kids and one exhibit on the other floor by one artist. If you are walking by and want something to do for half an hour because you are killing time, this is perfect. If you have kids, this may be better suited for you.

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Chesterland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The Contemporary Arts Center is basically in the center of downtown Cincinnati. It's not only convenient and extraordinarily reasonable (i.e. free), but it's very well designed. Like many contemporary art museums, there is little or no permanent collection, displaying a series of exhibitions that change over time. That ensures that that the art is always fresh and, of course, contemporary.... More 

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Zielona Gora, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Incredible exhibition, nice experience. Also, good point about this place - it's for free which personally surprised me a lot 😅

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Everything about this is wonderful. From the beautiful building, to the restaurant, the workers and the amazing exhibitons they bring in. Don't miss it. And after the museum, if you are kid free, go next door to 21C Hotel and have a wonderful cocktail at the copper bar. It's a perfect afternoon.

Thank Patricia H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This arts center is free and its well worth it. The art here is great from local artist to starving arts you will always be amazed at the art in this place. They also have a great bar and its very accessible. The architecture is beautiful.

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