953 Eden Park Dr.
Cincinnati Ohio 45202United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Free admission (though you pay to park) and an impressive array of work draws visitors to this Eden Park destination.
Cincinnati is a small city that's big on art, and the Cincinnati Art Museum is proof of that. Situated in Eden Park, with ample parking ($4, but that's the only charge -- admission is free), the museum dates to 1886 (though the 1907 addition is what gave it the rectangular shape). A brilliant blue Chihuly chandelier greets visitors in the lobby of the main entrance, and you can head upstairs immediately into the American and European galleries or walk straight ahead through the antiquities exhibits (Etruscan, Greek, Roman, Egyptian -- you'll find all kinds of B.C. goodies). If it's a nice day, pop outside to the courtyard, where a few pieces of sculpture from Harriet Frishmuth ("The Vine" and "The Star") inspire. On the first floor, definitely don't miss Cincinnati Wing (added in 2003). Learn all about local arts patron Frank Duveneck and Rookwood Pottery; see pieces by decorative arts masters and artists like Henry Farny, Edie Harper and Dixie Selden. Our favorite is the huge bright abstract mobile by Alexander Calder ("Twenty Leaves on an Apple," 1946). You won't be disappointed in the European or American galleries upstairs. Enjoy John Singer Sargent's "A Venetian Woman" (1882), Mary Cassatt's "Mother and Child" (1889), Matisse's "Romanian Blouse" (1937), Van Gogh's "Undergrowth of Two Figures" (1890), Edward Hopper's "Sun on Prospect Street" (1934), as well as pieces from Wyeth, Cezanne, Picasso, Remington, Degas, and plenty of portraits of kings and queens from centuries ago. The early-European galleries have fabulous 14th-century altars, and of course, there are some contemporary selections, too (and rotating exhibits that feature the works of more contemporary artists). Each gallery is truly a surprise.