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Frequently Asked Questions

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General admission is free. Purchase exhibition tickets online here. Tickets can also be purchased at the visitor service desk in the front lobby.

General admission: 
Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Members only:
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

For additional hours, including the Terrace Cafe, Museum Shop, Rosenthal Education Center, and Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives, see Museum Hours.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is located at 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. The museum is in Eden Park, and considered part of both the Mt. Adams and Walnut Hills communities in Cincinnati. Directions and public transportation information are available on our Directions page. Note that the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Cincinnati Museum Center are two different museums. The Cincinnati Museum Center is housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark, located at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45203.

Free on-site parking is available. Bike racks are available outside the Main Entrance of the art museum. There is limited parking on surrounding streets in Mt. Adams.

General admission is always free. Exhibition pricing varies. Members receive free exhibition tickets, based on level of membership. Free general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is made possible by a gift from The Rosenthal Family Foundation.

Cincinnati Art Museum memberships enrich your museum experience. Support the mission of CAM and enjoy benefits including free tickets to exhibitions, discounts in the Gift Shop and Terrace Café, free programs and invitations to behind-the-scenes tours and special events. Join now by choosing the membership level that best fits your lifestyle.

Yes! Accessible parking is available in our front and east parking lots. The museum provides wheelchairs and strollers free of charge located in the coat rooms near the main entrance and DeWitt entrance. Both entrances have a wheelchair accessible ramp and power-assist doors. Elevators are available for use throughout the museum. For more information about accessibility accomodations please click here

Yes! The museum provides strollers and wheelchairs free of charge located in the coat rooms near the main entrance and DeWitt entrance. Both entrances have an accessible ramp and power-assist doors. Elevators are available for use throughout the museum. 

For the safety of children and the art, large-framed child carriers Add: and wagons are not permitted in the galleries. Small baby slings and less bulky child carriers are allowed, but we ask parents to be mindful of their surroundings while walking in the museum.

Kids are encouraged to visit. The museum hosts family-friendly programs and creative activities in the Rosenthal Education Center (REC).


Copyist Guidelines

Sketching with pencil and colored pencil is permitted in all permanent galleries during our regular hours, and does not require completion of the Copyist Permit form.

Visitors who wish to copy a work of art using other materials must complete a copyist permit issued by the museum at the Visitor Services Desk. Visitors must give the completed copyist permit to the Visitor Services Desk when they visit. Sketching and copying is not permitted in special exhibitions nor of works under copyright.

For the safety of the collection, use of fixatives, sprays, charcoal and pastel is strictly prohibited.

We request copyists maintain a minimum distance of 4 feet from any work of art, and please refrain from using the floors, walls or pedestals as support for sketching.

Do not hinder or impede the flow of traffic in the galleries or to fire exits. Please be advised that a security guard may ask that work be discontinued if a problem is perceived or if galleries become crowded with other visitors.

Copyists must provide their own easel, work materials and drop cloth.

Artists agree to exercise every precaution when working around the art objects in the museum, including, carrying their easel upright in transit and permitting examination of canvas or other copy materials, paint box and other supplies brought into the building each time they are removed from the museum.  No glass containers will be permitted.

Copyists must never make any representation that the copy is anything more than a reproduction.

For group reservations, please contact our Tour Coordinator at [email protected] or 513-639-2975, at least 3 weeks prior to your visit to schedule.

Photography Policy

Nonflash still photography and video are permitted only on mobile phones or small cameras and recording devices.

  • Photography must not disrupt other museum visitors or staff.
  • Photography must not limit accessibility to galleries, exhibitions, entrances/exits, doorways, and high traffic areas.
  • Photographers and subjects must always stand at least three feet away from artwork at all times. Do not touch artwork.
  • Flash photography is not permitted in any area of the museum.
  • Camera bags, selfie sticks, stabilization devices such as tripods and monopods, and other large or specialty photographic equipment are prohibited in the galleries (unless approved and accompanied by museum staff).
  • Visitor photography is permitted for personal, noncommercial use only.
  • Professional photography for portraits require that advance arrangements (at least two weeks in advance) be made with our Special Events Staff by emailing [email protected]. In addition, there is a $250 location fee for professional photography.
  • Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner unless approved by the museum in writing. For all requests to reproduce or publish images including artwork or the museum building in any way, please email [email protected].

If this photography is for personal use, for you or your family, please contact our Special Events Department at [email protected]. If you are interested in filming/photographing at the museum for an organization or media outlet, please contact our Marketing Department at [email protected].

Complimentary coat rooms are located in the Main Lobby and at the DeWitt entrance. All packages, briefcases, umbrellas, shopping bags and items larger than 11x15x4 inches must be stored in the coat room. Lockers are available at no charge. The museum is not responsible for items lost or stolen. All items are subject to inspection and the museum reserves the right to decide what should be checked.

Free docent-led public tours are available daily. Check the daily schedule/calendar for times. They do not require reservations. Tours meet in the museum’s front lobby. Ask the visitor service desk in the lobby for tour information or visit the Tours page, which also includes information on school tours.

Docents are volunteer educators trained to facilitate tours and programs for museum visitors. They share their knowledge of the art museum and its collection with a broad range of audiences, both in the museum and in the community, to encourage a life-long love of the visual arts. All who are interested in bringing people and art together are encouraged to apply. For more information please visit our Docent page.

Volunteers must be current art museum members. Select volunteer groups require fees. To fill out an application please visit our Volunteer page.

One of the oldest arts institutions in the United States, the heart of the Cincinnati Art Museum is its rich collection of more than 73,000 works of art, celebrating 6,000 years of human creativity. Please note that not all artworks in our permanent collection are on view.

Famous artists in our permanent collection include Sandro Botticelli, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, André Derain, Frank Duveneck, Henry François Farny, Thomas Gainsborough, Frans Hals, Edward Hopper, Donald Judd, Oskar Kokoschka, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Frederic Remington, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Joshua Reynolds, Diego Rivera, Mark Rothko, Henri Rousseau, John Singer Sargent, Alfred Sisley, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol and Grant Wood.

Yes! The museum is actively engaged in the digitization of the permanent collection which contains over 73,000 works of art spanning 6,000 years of cultural heritage. While the entire museum collection is not currently available online, images and information are frequently being added and updated. In addition, please note that not all objects featured online are currently on view in our galleries. View our collection online.

An exhibition is an organized presentations and displays of a selection of artworks. Exhibitions are temporary and scheduled to open and close on specific dates. While some exhibitions are shown in just one venue, some exhibitions are shown in multiple locations and are travelling exhibitions. Curators select the items in the exhibition and write the text, labels and accompanying printed material such as catalogs and gallery guides. Exhibition designers and graphic designers work together to shape the exhibition space. Some exhibitions require an admission fee.

For a full list of programs and events and for online registration, please visit our Programs page.

All museum members are invited to bring up to two items to be examined by our curators or conservators at our twice-a-year Consult-a-Curator event. Curators will be on hand to examine American paintings, sculpture and drawings, Asian art, Contemporary art, Decorative Arts and Design, European paintings, sculpture and drawings, Fashion Arts and Textiles, Photography and Prints. Conservators will be available for consultation on repair and restoration of objects, paintings, works on paper or textiles. It is helpful if paintings, prints, drawings, or photographs are presented unframed. The museum cannot provide monetary appraisals, monetary valuations of any kind, or supply written opinions. Not a member? Sign up today!

To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, contact: Art Dealers Association of America, American Society of Appraisers, International Society of Appraisers, Appraisers Association of America, and/or the National Institute of Appraisers.

Artists are encouraged to send exhibition announcements, digital images or links to online portfolios for consideration to [email protected].

If you or someone you know is interested in selling or donating artwork, please contact our curatorial department at [email protected]. If you or someone you know is interested in donating books or materials please contact our Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives at (513) 721-2978.

No. It is very important not to touch any of the artworks at the museum in order to keep them in pristine condition and available for future generations.

Conservation is the profession dedicated to preserving cultural heritage. The art conservators at the Cincinnati Art Museum attend to the preservation of the collection. A painting, a vase, a drawing, a tapestry, or any other of the more than 73,000 pieces in the collection, is conserved for a variety of reasons. A sculpture may have a loose piece, a photograph is creased, a garment has a disfiguring stain, a painting has a yellowed varnish. Learn more about this important behind-the-scenes services on the Conservation page.

The artwork at the museum is priceless and the museum’s security guards are present to ensure its safety and the safety of our visitors. They can also help you during your visit if you are trying to find your way through the museum.

We do not disclose the monetary values of objects in our collections.

Yes, member cards with the reciprocity notations from Ohio Museum Reciprocal Membership Program, North American Reciprocal Membership, Museum Alliance Reciprocal Program or the Art Museum Reciprocal Membership Program do qualify for a limited number of free tickets for up to 2 adults and children in the household under 18.

To acquire the tickets, show your membership card with the reciprocal notations on it at the Visitor Services Desk in the lobby. You may also decide to purchase tickets online without using the reciprocal benefits to guarantee a particular day or time. Unfortunately, our system is not set up with membership database content from other institutions to allow for online reservations for reciprocity.

For safety and health reasons we ask visitors to wear attire including shoes and shirts.

For more information please call (513) 721-ARTS or email [email protected]