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Open by appointment to OC ID-holders in OC Covid-test program thru 5/24. Normal hours resume 5/25.

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


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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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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

Spring semester: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Rentals are due back on Wednesday, April 28, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes have been put into place:

  • Oberlin College students, faculty, and staff may rent one work each. To enter the museum, renters will need to show the green campus access pass on their phone and have their OCID ready. (Oberlin residents will not be permitted to rent in the 2020-21 academic year.)
  • Each renter will be given a selection of 5 random works to choose from on a “take it or leave it” basis. There is no need to line up the day before, or to start a list, because the selection of works for each renter is completely random.
  • Art Rental is free of charge in academic year 2020–21 (fall, spring, and summer).
  • You will enter the museum through the front doors and exit through the back courtyard door. Please do not bring backpacks or other personal items to the museum; you will need to leave them outside and you will be exiting the museum via a different door. 

  • All students and staff must wear masks; gloves are optional.

The Art Rental Process

  • Fill out a checkout form in advance and bring it with you to Art Rental. Download the checkout form or pick one up at the museum. Cut the form into four, and share with your friends!

  • The route will begin at the front of the museum. If all of the social distancing markers are occupied, you may line up along the sidewalk or in Tappan Square.

  • Renters will enter the building one at a time, moving forward along the social distancing markers.

  • You will exit through the rear courtyard doors.

Blog Post about Art Rental

Spring Art Rental Return Day

Wednesday, April 28, 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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