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Visiting the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College


Allen Museum - Oberlin University

Allen Memorial Art Museum

(courtesy of Oberlin College)

The Allen Memorial Art Museum, at Oberlin College, was founded in 1917. The museum collection, which consists of over 11,000 objects, is considered to be one of the finest college or university collections in the United States. The Allen Museum is just a 45-minute drive from downtown Cleveland and admission is free.


The Allen Memorial Art Museum was founded in 1917 as part of Oberlin College. The main Tuscan Renaissance-style building was designed by Cass Gilbert. The 1977 addition was designed by Venturi, Scott, Brown and Associates. The museum was named for its founder, Dr. Dudley Peter Allen, a graduate and trustee of Oberlin College.

Permanent Collection:

The museum's permanent collection contains more than 11,000 objects, covering virtually every culture and medium. The Allen is particularly well-known for its 17th century Dutch and Flemish Art, 19th and 20th century European and contemporary American art, and its American, Asia, and European works on paper.

Special Exhibits:

The Allen Museum hosts a continual stream of special exhibits, including items from the nearby Cleveland Museum of Art as well as from museums around the world.

Frank Lloyd Wright House:

The Weltzheimer/Johnson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1948 and 1950, is owned and operated by the Allen Museum. The house is located on Morgan St., less than an mile from the Allen. The Usonian house is open to the public the first and third Sundays of each month. Tours are at Noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Admission is $5 per person.

Visiting the Allen Memorial Museum:

The Allen Museum is located at Oberlin College, about a 45-minute drive from downtown Cleveland. Facilities at the museum include an art library, studio space, and a museum gift shop.

The Allen Museum hosts "Tuesday Teas" each second Tuesday of the month at 230pm. These free events feature a tour and discussion of the museum's collection.

Hours and Admission:

The Allen Memorial Art Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Admission is FREE.

Contact Information:

Allen Memorial Art Museum
Oberlin College
87 N. Main St.
Oberlin, OH 44074
440 775-8665

Hotels Near the Allen Memorial Art Museum:

The most historic and convenient accommodation in Oberlin is the Oberlin Inn (check rates), located just off-campus. Alternately, visitors can stay at the historic downtown hotel in nearby Lorain, the Spitzer Plaza Hotel or the more modest Days Inn in Amherst (check rates), off of I-90.

(last updated 10-6-12)

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