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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Student Programs

Museum events reserved specifically for Oberlin College students

Students meet with visiting artist José Rodríguez Students meet with visiting artist José Rodríguez in the exhibition Afterlives of the Black Atlantic. Photo by John Seyfried

The museum occasionally hosts or organizes programs specifically for small groups of students.

Programs specifically for Oberlin College students, such as opportunities to meet with visiting artists and lecturers, will be listed here when available.

The museum isn’t just a place to delve into coursework, but is also where you can explore yourself. During your time at Oberlin, your student club or organization may want to hold a session in the museum for conversations through and about works of art. This is your museum—a place to consider issues of identity, group mission, and community-building.

The museum is here to support that work. To start, your group leader(s) will meet with staff members in the Office of Academic Programs to discuss your ideas and the desired impact of your session in the museum. You’ll talk through thoughts for relevant artworks, discussion frameworks, and activities.

Organization and club leaders take an active role in designing their museum sessions by selecting the focal-point artworks and orienting their groups to the experience of gathering together in the space of the Allen.

The Office of Academic Programs can help structure your time in the museum, but you and your group make it meaningful through the guiding questions you ask, the lived experiences you bring, and the uniqueness of your ways of looking.

Past examples of student groups using the museum:

PRSM x Allen

Oberlin’s peer educators focused on preventing and responding to sexual misconduct designed a series of 4 workshop that used works of art to explore issues related to healthy sexual relationships and consent.

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Phlox Ensemble

This choir and orchestra designed to promote women, trans, and non-binary musicians came to the museum as a team-building exercise and to explore how visual artists have grappled with gender identity in artworks.

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Chinese Student Association

In response to the outbreak of COVID 19 in China, members of the CSA organized an afternoon of looking at art in the AMAM to provide a space of reflection and support.

We are interested in collaborating with student groups and associations as well as residence hall communities. To discuss how we might work together, contact the curator of Academic Programs.

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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