Dayton Art Institute
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.
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 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. Visit the DAI website: www.daytonartinstitute.org
Regular Museum Hours
Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
The museum is closed the following major holidays: Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The Dayton Art Institute asks all visitors to pay a suggested general admission fee. Anyone unable to contribute the suggested admission will be welcomed to the museum’s collection galleries free of charge.
Suggested general admission to The Dayton Art Institute's collection galleries:
Seniors (60+), Active Military & Groups: $5
College Students (18+ with ID): Free
Youth & Children (17 and under): Free
Special Exhibitions, Programs & Events*
Some special exhibitions, programs and events carry an admission charge or registration fee beyond the museum's suggested general admission, and include admission to the museum's permanent collection as part of the admission charge or registration fee.
* A $2 per transaction fee will be added to all ticket sales for building preservation and art conservation. The fees are used for maintenance and upkeep of the permanent collection, building and grounds, ensuring the museum's status as a beautiful, historic site featuring world-class art.