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Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin

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The Allen Memorial Art Museum (abbreviated "AMAM") is located in Oberlin, Ohio, and is run by Oberlin College. It was founded in 1917. The collection contains over 15,000 works of art.
The AMAM is primarily a teaching museum, and it is aimed at the students, faculty, and staff of Oberlin College as well as the surrounding community. Notable strengths include seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art, nineteenth and early twentieth-century European and contemporary American art, and Asian, European, and American works on paper. The collection is housed in an Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert and named after its founder, Dr. Dudley Peter Allen (B.A., 1875), a graduate and trustee of Oberlin College and the first husband of Elisabeth Severance Prentiss, whose bequest as Mrs. F. F. Prentiss included parts of her art collection started during her first marriage.
Purchases made through the Mrs. F.F. Prentiss Fund include a Henry Moore sculpture and other objects:



In 1977, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown designed an addition that represents one of the earliest examples of postmodern architecture in the United States. In 2011, the historic museum underwent a two-year retrofit; after which it was awarded with USGBC LEED Gold certification.
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  • This little art museum is a huge treat!!! There is something for everyone! It’s free. The whole family would enjoy the experience...and don’t forget to look up and just appreciate the building!  more »
  • We visited the Allen Memorial Art Museum about 5 years while it was under renovation. We thought then that it was an excellent, but limited art museum. We just visited again, with the renovation...  more »
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  • A very nice museum. The security is serious here, but are very helpful and friendly. It is amazing to to see the amount of art and very well-preserved art in one place. A must see place, oh did I mention it is free, can not beat that.
  • Took the granddaughters. They liked it because we saw art from before Christ and from around the 300. The youngest really liked it maybe we'll go again if shecomes to my house alone. It's a nice place to spend some time.

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