Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm, Thursdays 11am – 8pm.


The REC is a space for families to discover the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection in a fun, immersive, hands-on, and safe manner. Open during regular Art Museum hours, the REC is located on the first floor, just off of the Great Hall. The REC has a dedicated interactive space that changes twice a year, in October and March. Themes for the interactive space are based on the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and/or elements of art and world cultures.

Along with the interactive space, the studio is a vital component to the REC. Working in conjunction with the interactive space, the projects available to families in the studio correspond to and enhance the theme currently on display. This space will also be used for all art-making experiences conducted by the museum. These experiences include Family Programs, such as Summer Camp, Family First Saturday, Wee Wednesdays, and Art in the Making. In the future, this space will also be used for emerging art-making opportunities with school groups and adults.

The Rosenthal Education Center is the Cincinnati Art Museum’s interactive space for families to explore together. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to accommodate school groups at this time. For information about additional opportunities for students and teachers contact us at [email protected]

REC the Halls 2018

December 1December 30 shake those winter blues with the Rosenthal Education Center’s 3rd annual REC the Halls celebration!

The Art Bar will be transformed into a holly jolly winter wonderland and visitors will be invited to create holiday cards with a wide variety of materials, as well as create custom gift bags and holiday home decorations. There will also be a Holiday Helpfulness donation drive. Every donation will be granted an entry to win a family membership to the museum!

REC the Halls will be open from 11 a.m–5 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Thursdays.


Holiday Helpfulness Donation Drive during REC the Halls!

We need fully sealed nonperishable goods, including:

Canned meat products (tuna, chicken, ham, spaghetti with meatballs, chili with meat and beans, beef stew, etc.)

Peanut butter

Canned vegetables and fruits

Canned soups

Macaroni and cheese

Personal care items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, disposable diapers)

Personal Care Items

Most needed, unused personal care items include:

Disposable diapers

Baby wipes





Feminine hygiene products


**Please, no glass items

New, unused:





These items can be brought to the REC between December 1st through 30th for an entry to win a year Family Membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum. REC staff reserve the right to not accept items not following donation guidelines. Winner will be drawn first week of January. All items will be donated to the FreeStore Foodbank.

Current REC theme: Creating Community

How do you define community? Is it your family, your neighborhood, your city? Why is community important? Now through May 5, 2019, visitors can explore these questions and more in the Rosenthal Education Center (REC).

The Creating Community theme invites visitors to learn about the Cincinnati community and how we can make a difference for our neighbors through small and large acts of kindness and solidarity. Each of the ten interactive stations in the REC relates to a different artwork on view in the museum, as well as a Cincinnati location or organization. Families can add to a collaborative grid mural, make fleece blankets for local animal shelters, donate (and build with) canned goods, create a yarn bomb pompom and bird feeder, and more. Our goal is to encourage REC visitors think deeper about creativity and its connection to community, as well as feel empowered to connect more deeply to their own communities.


REC Volunteers

The Cincinnati Art Museum is seeking weekend volunteers to work in collaboration with museum staff to plan and prepare art projects, assist families and young visitors with art making, and greet visitors. This is a great opportunity to gain museum education experience while interacting and engaging with the community. Educational credit may be available for volunteers depending on the requirements of your university. Please visit the REC Volunteer Page for more information.


Special thanks to the 2018 Taste of Duveneck presents The Art of Wine Committee for generously supporting the Rosenthal Education Center with the proceeds from this year’s event.


The Rosenthal Education Center is made possible through a donation from the Rosenthal Family Foundation.