Taft Museum of Art
Taft Museum of Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Built around 1820 as a private home for several of Cincinnati’s most prominent citizens, the Taft Museum of Art is now one of the finest small art museums in America and holds National Historic Landmark status for its historic house and Duncanson murals. Here, you’ll find gems of history nestled into every nook and cranny in our period-inspired rooms—each their own canvas of creativity—that surround you in stories that have endured for generations. Our 200-year-old house holds a remarkable collection that spans the Middle Ages through the 19th century with European and American paintings, and 18th-century watches, Chinese porcelains, and French Renaissance enamels. The collection features iconic artists including Rembrandt, Goya, Gainsborough, Turner, Ingres, Whistler, and Sargent, as well as Federal-period American furniture and the most significant pre-Civil War domestic murals in the United States.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Andy F
    Sunnyvale, California78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great small art museum
    It's a very clean and accessible museum. It's not a stuffy old house like some other small museums I've been to in the past. The focus of the museum is on paintings and the architecture of the mansion. The featured special exhibits were "The Boat Trip", a series of fantastic miniature etchings by Charles Francois Daubigny, and an exhibit of women photographers, which included many of the legendary photographers such as Berenice Abbot and Immogen Cunningham. It was definitely a worthwhile visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 July 2023
  • VoixDuChocolat
    Walla Walla, Washington128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Small Museum
    My friend and I had seen many recommendations for the Taft, supposedly one of the finest small art museums in the US. And it was everything the recommendations claimed. A former home, the museum now houses paintings, Chinese ceramics, medieval devotional objects, and much more. Please do make the time to go here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Richard C
    799 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great collection, beautiful setting
    Absolutely wonderful setting with some great art. You'll find great works by Turner, Sargent, Whistler, and Raeburn. Folks who work there are friendly and smart, and if you haven't been here, you'll delighted that you now know about it.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2024
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Richard C
Virginia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Absolutely wonderful setting with some great art. You'll find great works by Turner, Sargent, Whistler, and Raeburn. Folks who work there are friendly and smart, and if you haven't been here, you'll delighted that you now know about it.
Written 23 March 2024
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GECF60
Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Before researching Cincinnati I hadn't heard of the Taft. Very impressed and it was one of the highlights of my visit. Highly recommended.
Written 23 October 2023
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VoixDuChocolat
Walla Walla, WA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
My friend and I had seen many recommendations for the Taft, supposedly one of the finest small art museums in the US. And it was everything the recommendations claimed. A former home, the museum now houses paintings, Chinese ceramics, medieval devotional objects, and much more. Please do make the time to go here.
Written 14 October 2023
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Andy F
Sunnyvale, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
It's a very clean and accessible museum. It's not a stuffy old house like some other small museums I've been to in the past. The focus of the museum is on paintings and the architecture of the mansion.

The featured special exhibits were "The Boat Trip", a series of fantastic miniature etchings by Charles Francois Daubigny, and an exhibit of women photographers, which included many of the legendary photographers such as Berenice Abbot and Immogen Cunningham.

It was definitely a worthwhile visit.
Written 30 July 2023
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deb d
Flowery Branch, GA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The lunch at the small cafe was delicious. Short menu but good food
Went on a Sunday in the summer it was comfortable and nice small art museum that had a great special exhibit It wasn't overcrowded Nice renovation I would recommend it for history buffs and art lovers
Written 26 June 2023
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Jackinbama
Massillon, OH
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We stopped here and had a light lunch in the cafe before touring the house and one small exhibit. Nice enough.
Written 9 February 2023
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N0rmalee
Bossier City, LA
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We had just come from the Cincinnati Museum of Art, which is huge and where we spent 2 hours when we went to this one. Free parking garage is nice. Only exhibits are on part of the 2nd floor. Lots of pocket watches, Chinese art and vases, portraits and landscapes. Not really our thing and we were out within 1/1 hour after going all through it. One Faberge item. Photography is allowed. We did learn that the Taft that lives here was the older half brother of President Taft, who visited here often.
Written 16 September 2022
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JanetWoo
Hobart, IN
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Came to Cincy from Chicago just to see the Jane Austen adaptation costume exhibit. We arrived early enough to get a primo parking space under the museum, and went in through the elevators in the parking garage. Saw the wonderful dining spot there, and since we came in a different way, didn't have to go through the crowded front entry. The guy at the gift shop checked us in and gave us our stickers, but was disappointed that the gift shop had no JA merchandise. Not even a T-shirt or mug! Missed opportunity! However, my husband enjoyed coffee at the little cafe's table while we waited for our entry time, and the security guard to the costume exhibit was both friendly and knowledgable. The main house and museum were just as extraordinary, and perhaps more so. I loved the draperies (!) and the furnishings, and the murals in the old front hall were astonishing. The descriptions for the costumes, however, were at exactly the wrong focal length for me, so I had to constantly switch between my reading glasses and my driving glasses, and there was no paper to write on in the little interactive nook. It was not expensive really, as parking is free, and we only bought a "Tiny Dog" book ($10) at the gift shop and $5 for the cup of coffee (it was less, but I tipped the waitress 50% since she kindly let us sit there without a reservation). I would come again, with a reservation to dine, since that seems pretty awesome, both inside and out. Would also budget more time, since many of the portraits and other items (like enamel watches) there were really worth lingering over. So glad they had the JA exhibit, but wanted more!
Written 6 September 2022
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Angierobrts
Albany, GA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beautiful museum holdings in a gorgeous old mansion; the drapes, the rugs, the furniture all enhance all the holdings. The current special exhibit of costumes from movies of various Jane Austen’s books was greatly enhanced by the mansion.
Written 6 August 2022
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Karen H
Louisville, Kentucky
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I visited the home/museum to see the Jane Austen film costumes, and found so much more.

The special exhibition - the costumes - were displayed well, with interesting and helpful signage. There were also special events (which I couldn't take advantage of) each day in conjunction with this exhibition.

The permanent exhibit of art and furniture was a pleasant surprise. There were so many artists I recognized, a large collection of Chinese porcelain pieces as well as a collection of religious art. Again, the signage was extensive and helpful.

I plan to return and would like to spend 1-1.5 hrs on the permanent exibits.

Hint: find a parking garage or lot nearby before you go; the on-site parking is very limited.
Written 3 August 2022
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