Closed Summer 2024

The Allen Memorial Art Museum is currently closed for improvements.

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


Closed all week

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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Art Rental

Ellen Johnson, who began this program in 1940, believed that, to truly appreciate a work of art, one must live with it over time.

Student sorting through artwork Oberlin College students can choose up to two works of art to take home each semester. Photo by John Seyfried

An Oberlin College tradition since 1940, Art Rental invites students to live with an original work of art for a semester. The Art Rental collection has about 400 works to choose from.

How it works

Oberlin College students, faculty, staff, and community members may rent one work each. Participants will need to show their Oberlin College ID or proof of Oberlin residence.

Each renter will be given a random selection of five works from which to choose. There is no need to line up the day before, or to start a list, because the selection for each person is completely random.

The cost is $5 for each work rented. Cash or check only.

You will enter the museum through the rear courtyard doors. Please do not bring backpacks or other personal items into the museum

Blog Post about Art Rental

Spring 2024 Art Rental

Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Works will be brought out at random, so there is no need to line up early to choose from the Art Rental collection.

Art Rental Return Day

Wednesday, May 8, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

There is a late fee of $10 per work, per day, for works returned after the above date. Prior to return week, email reminders will be sent to all renters.


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Allen Memorial Art Museum Closed for the Summer

Starting May 27, the Allen Memorial Art Museum will close for the summer in the lead up to the completion of Oberlin College and Conservatory's Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP). Learn More