Closed Summer 2024

Beginning May 27, we will be closed as part of Oberlin College’s Sustainable Infrastructure Program.

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Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074


Tuesday — Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Sunday Closed
Open until 5:00 p.m. & always free

Exhibitions & Events

The Allen presents changing exhibitions along with engaging guest speakers and public programs.

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Art at the AMAM

The Allen's collection is particularly strong in 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting, Japanese prints, early modern art, African art, and more.

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Provenance Research

Image Licensing

Art Donations


Explore the full range of museum programs through free events, guided and self-guided tours, and resources for professors and PreK-12 teachers.

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Join & Support

Support for the museum continues our tradition of bringing art to the people.

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Schedule a Museum Visit

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A group of elementary school students leaving the museum after a class tour. A group of elementary school students leaving the museum after a class tour. Photo by Dale Preston

A single visit to an art museum has positive learning outcomes and lifelong impact for kids. We welcome class visits and work with teachers to design an experience to meet your curricular goals, while engaging and inspiring your students.

Our docents facilitate your visit through inquiry-based touring pedagogies such as Visual Thinking Strategies, close looking, visual literacy, and activities to promote a greater understanding of art. Tours encourage students to explore and imagine, while fostering creative and critical thinking about diverse cultures and time periods. Our interactive tours focus on your students’ own discoveries and interpretations of works of art.

A recent study found that facilitated visits to an art museum yield significant educational benefits:

  • Questioning: As students analyze a work of art together, they formulate questions, practice communication, and engage in critical thinking to collaboratively understand works of art.
  • Multiple interpretations: As docents facilitate a class visit, students practice listening to and understanding from multiple viewpoints. Students realize questions may have more than one answer and learn to respect alternative perspectives.
  • Physicality of art: The act of seeing original works of art in the context of our 1917 Beaux Arts-designed museum inspires awe and imagination as students’ senses are engaged.
  • Emotive recall: As the senses are engaged, so are emotions. The experience of looking closely at art, in person, stimulates students’ ability to describe with more detail and promotes deeper levels of interpretation.

Guided tours meet Ohio's Learning Standards in the visual arts, history, culture, social studies, creative expression, and communication. Participation in tours also develops skills in visual literacy, critical thinking, analysis, evidentiary reasoning, and making connections. The practice of looking at art cultivates an appreciation for healthier living.

How to Schedule a Tour

  • A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required to schedule a tour and is based upon availability.
  • Due to staffing limitations, guided tours are offered only for groups of 10 or more. Groups with under 10 people may schedule a self-guided tour by contacting the Education Department.
  • Tours are usually 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the age group.
  • There is no charge for tours.
  • Please note that tours that do not arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time may be subject to cancellation.
  • If you have questions, please contact the Education Department.

Large groups will be divided into smaller groups of 12 to 15, with one docent each. Unfortunately, at this time, no indoor facilities are available for meals. Prior to your visit, please review our museum policies with your class or group. We look forward to your visit!

K–12 Educational Tour Request

In-School Program

If you can’t bring your students to the museum, we can bring the museum to your class! Schedule an in-school program and the Education Department will bring a variety of smaller objects for your students to explore. All objects relate to our permanent collection and entice students to visit with their families. Through the support of the Freeman Foundation, we’ve developed several units and lesson plans related to Asian objects from the collection.

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Self-Guided School Groups

Self-guided groups are welcome to visit and explore the museum at their own pace. We can accommodate a limited number of groups in the galleries at one time. Reservations are required, please email Self-guided school groups must bring at least one chaperone per eight students. Please review our visitor guidelines with your group prior to your visit.


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