Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute is open Wednesdays through Sundays!

Plan Your Visit

Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences.
Dive into the rich 100+ years of history at the Dayton Art Institute.
The Dayton Art Institute sits atop a hill on the edge of the Great Miami River overlooking downtown Dayton. The museum’s founding patrons included prominent community leaders such as Orville Wright and the Pattersons of NCR. The museum’s landmark building, designed by prominent museum architect Edward B. Green of Buffalo and completed in 1930, was modeled after the Villa d’Este near Rome and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola in Italy, both examples of sixteenth century Italian Renaissance architecture. Today, The Dayton Art Institute's architecturally and historically significant facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum’s collection spans 5,000 years of art history, including important Oceanic art, Asian art, European art, and American fine and decorative art collections. The DAI also features regular rotating exhibitions.

The Dayton Art Institute also hosts concerts, family and youth programs, classes, social events and more. The museum’s signature events include the annual Art Ball and Oktoberfest

For more information about current exhibitions and planning a visit, go to and check out the events listings below.

Museum Admission

General Admission to The Dayton Art Institute's collection galleries:
Adults: $15
Seniors (60+), Active Military & Groups: $10 
College Students (18+ with ID) & Youth: $5
Children (6 and under): Free
Museum Members: Free
Admission includes the collection galleries, as well as all current special and focus exhibitions. Some programs and events may carry an admission charge or registration fee beyond the museum's general admission, and may include admission to the museum's permanent collection as part of the admission charge or registration fee. 

The Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park North
Dayton, OH 45405–4700
Phone: 937-223-5277

Upcoming Arts & Culture Events


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