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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Visit the Museum

Enjoy the intimate setting of an acclaimed college art museum. Whether you stop in for a few minutes, or plan to make a day of it, you’ll find remarkable works of art.

Facade of the Allen Memorial Art Museum Facade of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Photo by Ricky Rhodes.

The Allen has been free and open to the public since 1917. The museum’s motto, carved above the arched entryway, is “The Cause of Art is the Cause of the People.”

The 1884 quotation above, from William Morris, is incorporated into the museum façade designed by Cass Gilbert. The words express our belief that art enriches the lives of all people, underscoring the Allen's commitment to bring the visual arts to a broad public through high-quality teaching, exhibitions, and 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