Dayton Art Institute

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Dayton Art Institute
Dayton art institute exterior evening 2005.jpg
Dayton Art Institute is located in Ohio
Dayton Art Institute
Dayton Art Institute is located in the US
Dayton Art Institute
Location Forest and Riverview Aves., Dayton, Ohio
Coordinates 39°45′57″N 84°12′4″W / 39.76583°N 84.20111°W / 39.76583; -84.20111Coordinates: 39°45′57″N 84°12′4″W / 39.76583°N 84.20111°W / 39.76583; -84.20111
Area 6 acres (2.4 ha)
Built 1930
Architect Edward B. Green
Architectural style Renaissance, Italian Renaissance Revival
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP November 19, 1974

The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is a museum of fine arts in Dayton, Ohio, United States. The Dayton Art Institute was rated one of the top 10 best art museums in the United States for kids.[2] The museum also ranks in the top 3% of all art museums in North America in 3 of 4 factors.[3] In 2007, the art institute saw 303,834 visitors.[4]


Founded in a downtown mansion in 1919 as the Dayton Museum of Fine Arts, the museum moved to a newly designed Edward B. Green building in 1930. The DAI was modeled after the Casino in the gardens of the Villa Farnese at Caprarola, and the front hillside stairway after the Italian Renaissance garden stairs at the Villa d'Este, near Rome, and Italy. It is also visible from and easily accessible from I-75, which passes through the center of Dayton.[5]

The museum was later renamed the Dayton Art Institute as an indication of the growing importance of its school in addition to the museum. The nearly 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Museum information[edit]

The museum's collection contains more than 20,000 objects spanning 5,000 years. In September, 2005, the Museum became one of eleven galleries in the US to host The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt, the largest collection of ancient artifacts ever to travel outside Egypt.

The art museum is an Italian Renaissance–style building, which sits atop a hill overlooking downtown Dayton. The Institute's highlights are the museum's Asian, 17th-century Baroque, 18th- and 19th-century American, and contemporary art collections. In addition to its collections, the museum frequently features other exhibitions.[6]

Notable works[edit]

Some of the most notable works held by the Institute are:[7][8]



  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Best Art Museum for Kids". Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Top art museum". Retrieved 2009-07-29.  Archived February 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Attendance fact sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Dayton art museum history". Archived from the original on 2003-10-09. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Dayton art museum information". Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Notable Works". Archived from the original on 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Notable Works 2". Archived from the original on 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 

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