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Dayton - The Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North

Mission Statement:

The Dayton Art Institute is committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art.

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 Institute sits atop a hill on the edge of the Great Miami River overlooking downtown Dayton. The museum’s founding patrons included prominent community leaders such as Orville Wright and the Patterson Brothers, founders of NCR. The museum’s landmark building, designed by prominent museum architect Edward B. Green of Buffalo and completed in 1930, was modeled after the Villa d’Este near Rome and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola in Italy, both examples of sixteenth century Italian Renaissance architecture.

Over the past several years, the museum’s collection has grown significantly through generous gifts of artwork by local donors, including important Oceanic art, Asian art, and American fine and decorative art collections. The collection spans 5,000 years of art history.

The Dayton Art Institute also hosts concerts, family and youth programs, classes, social events and more. The museum’s signature events include the annual Art Ball and Oktoberfest. The Experiencenter, the museum’s interactive gallery for families and young people, offers thematically based exhibitions that stimulate curiosity and creativity. The Dayton Art Institute is one of the area’s premier settings for weddings, parties, corporate meetings and special events. 


Jason Crane

Saturday, March 3, 2018
The Dayton Art Institute contains an impressive collection of fine art spanning an incredible depth and breadth of works from all ages; in a beautiful setting. From the Mayans to Monet. From Renaissance masters, (my personal favorites), to modern genius, it's all on display. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon or the whole day; any day. You will not be disappointed.

robert montazemi

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
An excellent "smaller" museum. It has examples of most of the art genres one would expect or want to see. It is not in competition with The Chicago Museum of Art or similar big city collections therefore only 4 stars. Although if it is in your backyard or along your travels it is certainly worth the time.

Michael Tsocaris

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
A beautiful museum built the turn of the century. A wonderful collection of art. Throughout the year there are exhibits of important artists and artifacts. A great place to spend a peaceful day and enjoy various art forms. There is a cafeteria and ample parking area.

Greg Humphrey

Friday, April 13, 2018
I do not go here often enough! This is a first class art institute, that offers first class exhibits! I have been to many of the traveling exhibits and have viewed many that contain DAI owned articles. They offer a children's area and there is always something going on in terms of special programming.

Melanie Schloemer

Saturday, March 17, 2018
It is a small museum with a collection that can be viewed in under 2 hours. It has a nice representation of various styles and eras of artistic expression. Well laid out and lighted. It would be a good museum for young people with short attention spans. ☺

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