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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. 



Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We loved the collection of art here. The pieces represent a sample of art from all around the world. We enjoyed the special origami exhibit; however, we did think there would be more pieces. There's a lovely open air courtyard in the center of the building and also a pretty indoor space perfect for weddings or formal gatherings. The museum is easy to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller, if you are considering taking children or handicapped individuals (except the open air courtyard, that was steps only for us). Overall, a nice place to visit.

Ishara Henry

Friday, June 22, 2018
Amazing! It was too big for me to see all in one day but it's definitely a must see! You don't have to be an art lover to appreciate this gorgeous artwork. There are little unexpected surprises everywhere. Loved it!

Eric Salas

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
I'll give this museum a 5! Although it's not as big as most museums I've been to in other cities, this one has a lot of interesting historical art pieces. You can spend at least 2 hours here. Make sure you get and use the map provided to you at the counter. This has too many turns that you might miss some corners!

Brittney Paxton

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
My happy place in Dayton. I love the architecture and the beautiful pieces hosted by the Dayton Art Institute! The layout is gorgeous and there is ways an exciting featured exhibit. There is always something new to see and new to learn about each time I visit. It's absolutely beautiful!

Nathan Hawkins

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Beautiful and peaceful, inside and out. Take your time, notice the details, and think about when or why each piece was created. It is a creative and quite place to let your mind roam the nature of human existence throughout history. Great for inspiration, relaxation, and viewing the world as something much larger and personal than our fast paced society leads you to believe.

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