Closed to the Public

Open only to visitors with an Oberlin College ID who participate in the college's testing program.

Address
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
440.775.8665

Hours

Tuesday — Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Saturday, Sunday Closed

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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Collections

Conservation

Provenance Research

Image Licensing

Art Donations

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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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Resources

Find podcasts, activities, and information for all age groups.

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Join & Support

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

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Student Docent Program

Learn more about the Practicum in Museum Education class offered for academic credit.

A practicum student discusses a painting with classmates A practicum student discusses a painting with classmates in preparation for a public talk. Photo by Yevhen Gulenko

Offered annually for academic credit, the Practicum in Museum Education trains students to give docent tours and introduces them to museum careers.

This intensive, four-week class is taught during Oberlin College’s winter term by the Eric & Jane Nord Family Curator of Education. Students are introduced to a range of theories and practices in gallery teaching; conduct research on the AMAM collection; practice public speaking and giving inquiry-based tours; and learn from staff and other professionals about museum and arts-related careers. A portion of the course focuses on career advice and honing one’s application materials for summer internships.

The practicum usually includes field trips to the Akron Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, and Toledo Museum of Art. Students also meet with AMAM staff members to learn about the variety of jobs available in museums.

After the course, most students choose to become docents at the museum, gaining valuable practical experience in guided interpretation for visitors of all ages. Offered since 1990, this course has launched many Oberlin College students into museum careers as educators, curators, directors, and collection managers.

As the only fine arts museum in Lorain County and four contiguous counties, the AMAM is a vital resource for a broad demographic in our area. Its educational materials and gallery tours benefit groups from a range of educational systems, including public, private, and charter schools across a wide socioeconomic spectrum. Over the years, thousands of local and regional schoolchildren have visited the museum galleries, and generations of Oberlin youngsters have grown up with its world-class collection.

Please contact Jill Greenwood or call 440-775-8671 for more information about the practicum.

Memberships

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