Midwest Living Review
Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion has generated tons of buzz since its opening in 2006, but the museum's traditional collection deserves its fair share of attention.
All told, the museum holds more than 30,000 significant works. Cezanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Holbein, El Greco and the Dutch Masters—the gang’s all here. American and European Impressionists, modernists, postmodernists and contemporary artists are all well-represented, as are ancient, medieval, Asian and African collections.
Walking through the museum’s 35 galleries is like going on a treasure hunt, except the treasures are never hidden; they’re everywhere you look. With a collection this big, visitors can easily spend a day (or more) exploring. Crunched for time? Grab one of the museum’s “My Guide” brochures detailing six different tours, including “Greatest Hits,” “Date Night” and “Big Names.” Each pamphlet includes a map, referenced pictures of the works, and just the right dose of art history without the slightest hint of condescension.
Closed on Mondays, the museum is located in Toledo’s Old West End neighborhood, easily accessible from I-75. Best of all, admission is free.