Oberlin College and Conservatory

Allen Memorial Art Museum

Photo by John Seyfried

Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) is recognized today as one of the five best college and university art museums in the United States. Since its beginning, the museum has always been free for everyone. Collections including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs are housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert and named after Dudley Peter Allen, a distinguished 1875 graduate of Oberlin College. Allen and his wife, Elisabeth Severance Allen, (later Prentiss) were the museum's principal benefactors.

87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074



Upcoming Events

Sunday Object Talk: "Valicia Bathes in Sunday Clothes," from the series "Sugar Children"

Lucy Haskell '20 discusses Valicia Bathes in Sunday Clothes, by Vik Muniz, a 1996 work from the series Sugar Children. The 1996 photograph is featured in the...

12/8 2pm
Tuesday Tea:  Hannah Wirta Kinney

At the turn of the 20th century, American museums were populated with plaster casts—objects that museums considered equally instructive for connoisseurs and...

12/10 3pm
This 1975 linoleum cut by American artist Elizabeth Catlett depicts activist Harriet Tubman.

In 2006, as part of a residency at the Louvre Museum in Paris, writer Toni Morrison invited spoken word poets to perform in front of some of the museum’s...

2/13/2020 11:59pm

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Gillian Ferguson

Gillian Ferguson left a positive review 9/6/2019

I really enjoyed learning more about the art on display and how it all tied together!

Ben Saltz

Ben Saltz left a positive review 12/4/2018


Johnny Coleman

Johnny Coleman left a positive review 12/4/2014

Outstanding musical conversation between two rare and gifted artists. At times the musical ideas appeared telepathic. The gallery makes for a perfect setting for quiet acoustic performances; particularly across this timbre (arch top guitar, acoustic bass). Very happy that I was there to experience this performance!

Marcelo Vinces

Marcelo Vinces left a positive review 2/11/2014

Loved it.

Marcelo Vinces

Marcelo Vinces left a positive review 4/9/2013

Jim's talk was great, and was excited to see how the resources of the Museum can be incorporated into courses beyond the arts.

Allen Memorial Art Museum

Allen Memorial Art Museum posted a photo 3/2/2013