Taft Museum of Art

#17 in Best Things To Do in Cincinnati
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316 Pike St

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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.3

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  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Art lovers will adore the Taft Museum of Art's collection of Chinese porcelains and European and American master paintings, as well as its breathtaking gothic ivory sculpture, which is regarded as one of the greatest of its kind in the United States. The intimate museum is located in the Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft House, a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1820. Originally a residence, the villa became the Taft Museum in 1932 and was extensively remodeled into the Taft Museum of Art in 2004. Visitors can walk the halls of this museum admiring major works by artists like Rembrandt, Goya, Reynolds and more.

The vast majority of recent museumgoers were impressed by the Taft's exhibits and were pleased with the small size of the property, noting that they could leisurely enjoy the full collection in about 90 minutes or so. Even visitors who weren't necessarily looking forward to touring the museum said they were pleasantly surprised by the hidden gem. However, some travelers warned that the atmosphere of the museum can be a bit stuffy and is therefore not best suited to children.

The Taft Museum of Art is located downtown, less than a mile east of the Great American Ball Park. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as on New Year's Day, July Fourth, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visitors ages 18 and younger and active members of the military get free admission. General adult admission at the door costs $12 and seniors pay $10. To save $2 per person on these rates, consider buying your tickets in advance. Admission is always free on Sundays, and there is a complimentary on-site parking garage available (as well as metered options nearby, should the lot fill up). After touring the museum, pop into the Lindner Family Cafe for a bite to eat or the gift shop for some souvenirs. You can learn more on the Taft Museum of Art website

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On a nice, sunny day, Eden Park lives up to its paradisiacal name. Located in the trendy Mount Adams neighborhood, the park encompasses 186 acres of green space and tree groves complete with walking paths. There are also a couple of lakes, a magnolia garden and several scenic overlooks.

One TripAdvisor user was blown away by Eden Park's setting, saying it has "beautiful views of the city — especially at night time." However, some travelers say that the park is a little hard to find. To get there from downtown, drive north on Gilbert Avenue until you reach Eden Park Drive. You can also just call a taxi. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Parks website.

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