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“What an amazing building!”

Toledo Museum of Art
Ranked #1 of 80 things to do in Toledo
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Owner description: Art from all over the world and every time period is housed at this outstanding museum, considered one of the world's best. From paintings by Renoir to sculptures by Alexander Calder to a vast glass collection, you'll find wonderful treasures here. Founder and first president Edward Drummond Libbey wanted to build a place where art was accessible to everyone, hence the museum's free admission policy, which continues to this day. The Toledo Museum of Art is open:Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

To be honest we only went for the video game exhibit, but we decided to walk through the whole museum and it was really beautiful. I was most amazed by the building itself, it was very wonderful architecture.

Thank HobbitW
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Forget the location. The Toledo Museum of Art would be a great museum anywhere.

Have doubts? So did I. But on coming here we found works by, among many others, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Mondrian, Gauguin, Renoir, Rodin, Degas, Calder, Sargent, Modigliani, Degas, Cezanne, Bonard, Pissarro, Matisse, and Picasso.

More interested in European Masters? OK. Rembrandt, Rubens, Hans Holbein the elder, Hans Holbein the younger (in this case, a world famous painting once believed to have been Catherine Howard of Henry VIII fame, but now believed to be one of Thomas Cromwell's daughters), Steen, several other Dutch Masters, and others.

American? Winslow Homer, Gilbert Stuart.

Want something more modern? That's alright, they have extremely contemporary works and, at present, a terrific exhibit on video games as art, from the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

Did I mention that all of this is free?

All I can say is come, but if you do, here are some tips:

1. Give yourself about 4 hours, but there is probably more here than you can absorb in a single trip. Really. Have lunch at the museum cafe, which has rightly drawn praise for its food, when you need a break.

2. Parking is $5 and extremely convenient. You pay at the information desk as you enter and they give you a card to exit.

3. Go across the street to the glass exhibition. The art museum's early benefactors were glass magnates and the city has close associations with that industry. The structure itself (spoiler: it's mostly glass) has won national praise for its architecture and the works are beautiful. They also have regular glass blowing exhibits, which are interesting.

4. They have done everything imaginable to make the art accessible. In the beautiful gallery on ancient Mediterranean art for example (e.g. Egypt, Rome, and Greece) they have discreet stations in the corners where children and experiment with art styles. The descriptions on most of the art tell you what to look for in a piece and provide hints on why they are significant.

5. The gift shop is itself worth a stop. It has a lot of unique artistic items and you can buy locally created glasswork, much of which is beautiful.

6. Particularly on a nice day, walk around the outside. They have tons of great sculpture outdoors (you want to go out the Monroe street side, but the sculpture goes far on either side of the entrance). Among the many fun sculptures is the original art-nouveau gates to the Paris Metro.

7. Stop and look at just a handful of the extensive exhibit of Japanese netsuke pieces. They are small, but exquisite. Many are funny and charming. You can't possibly look at them all (there are hundreds), but try to look at a dozen or so. You'll probably find yourself looking at a lot more.

8. The main building itself is quite beautiful.

9. They have lots of exhibits. Check the website for the latest. We have seen exhibits here for everything from Egyptian art to modern video games.

The Toledo Museum of Art is an unexpected delight and well worth a visit.

1  Thank ElaineAndGreg
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Based on many visits, we continue to rate the Toledo Museum of Art as excellent. It is impossible to go into the museum without enjoying the beautiful art. However on this visit, we spent most of our time looking at "The Art of Video Games." This exhibit is from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. It runs through September 28. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday.

When you enter the Canaday Gallery, you are greeted by a large Pac-Man game. You can follow the birth of video games from Pac-Man on the Atari to Mass Effect on Xbox 360. The exhibit is an interactive display with an arcade-like setting. You can play Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey-Island, Myst, and Flower. To keep lines moving, each game shuts off after a few minutes of play.

Be sure to watch the video display of people who were filmed playing video games--they are showing their "game faces."

Entry to the museum as well as to the exhibit is free. Parking is $5.00.

Thank ElC628
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

save at least 4 hours.....and make sure that you eat there....the art is truly amazing. The Cafe was fantastic.....th Art Collection is wonderful

1  Thank Dan D
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I came here with a friend in February 2013, and was impressed with the Museum. It is not as big as the Detroit Institute of Art, but there is still plenty to see. We first ate at the museum cafe, which had good grilled cheese and soup. We covered the majority of it in a few hours, plus there is a building across the street that features all glass works. I recall a security guard in the glass building being friendly and even sharing a little fact or two about some of the pieces. All in all, a great trip. I would love to come again.

Thank Lyndsay09
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