The Toledo Museum of Art, founded in 1901, is just two hours down the Ohio Turnpike from Cleveland. The museum houses a diverse collection of art with special emphasis on 19th and 20th century European and American paintings. The new Glass Pavilion displays the museum's extensive collection of glass art. The museum is free and makes a nice day-trip from Northeast Ohio.
History of the Museum:
The Toledo Museum of Art was founded in 1901 by the founder of Libbey Glass, Edward Drummond Libbey and his wife, Florence. The first museum was located in downtown Toledo, but moved to Toledo's gracious Old West End neighborhood in 1909 to land donated by Mrs. Libbey. The new Classical Revival building was designed by Toledo architects Edward Green and Harry W. Wachter.
The Permanent Collection:
The Toledo Museum of Art's permanent collection features a wide range of genres from African Art to contemporary American Art. The museum is particularly known for its collection of 20th century art glass and 19th and 20th century American and European paintings. Important pieces in the collection include The Crowning of Saint Catherine by Rubens, Oath of Horati by David, and an entire room of 18th century gilt paneling, taken from the Chateau de Chenailles in France.
The Glass Pavilion:
The Glass Pavilion, opened in August of 2006, is the new home of the Toledo Museum of Art's signature glass collection. The 76,000-square foot building was designed by Japanese architects, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. All of the structure's exterior walls -- and many of the interior walls -- are made of glass.
Located adjacent to the museum's main galleries, the Glass Pavilion houses the over 7,000 objects in the museum's glass collection, which date from ancient times to the present. Admission to the Glass Pavilion is free and the structure is open the same hours as the main building of the museum. In addition to galleries, the building houses classrooms, demonstration galleries, studio space, and a snack bar.
The Peristyle Theater:
The east wing of the Toledo Museum of Art houses the Peristyle theater, a 1,710-seat concert hall. The Greek Revival-style theater is the winter home of the Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Opera.
The Center for the Visual Arts:
The Museum's Center for the Visual Arts was added in the 1990s. The building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, houses the museum's library as well as office, studio, and classroom space.
Visiting the Toledo Museum of Art:
The Toledo Museum of Art is located just west of downtown Toledo, about two hours from Cleveland. Directions can be found on the museums' website. Allow two to three hours for touring the museum.
Facilities at the museum include a cafe, which serves sandwiches, salads, pizza, kids meals, soft drinks, and coffee. There is also an onsite gift shop that sells prints, postcards, art books, and a variety of gifts.
Hours and Admission:
The Toledo Museum of Art is free to the public. Special exhibits may carry an admission fee. Parking in the adjacent lot is $5.
The museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am - 4pm, Thursday and Friday: 10am - 9pm, Saturday: 10am - 5pm, and Sunday: noon - 5pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood
Toledo OH 43620
Hotels Near the Toledo Museum of Art:
The Mansion View Bed and Breakfast is just a few blocks from the museum and offers gracious accommodations and service in Toledo's historic "Old West End." The Radisson (check rates), at the waterfront in downtown Toledo, is also a good choice, and is within walking distance of shops and restaurants. South of town, the Holiday Inn French Quarter (check rates), offers a large atrium swimming pool complex and is convenient to I-75 and the Ohio Turnpike.
(last updated 7-9-13)