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



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Utagawa Kunimasa, detail of "The Actor Iwai Kumetaro as the Kamuro Tayori from the Shimbara District in Kyoto", 1796. Mary A. Ainsworth Bequest, 1950.473

Some of the museum’s most important Japanese woodblock prints are featured in a current exhibition that recently traveled to three venues in Japan. But who...

2/6 5:30pm
Image: Zhang Peili (Chinese, b. 1957), "30 x 30," 1988. Photo courtesy of the Boers-Li Gallery

In 1988, Zhang Peili borrowed a camcorder and recorded himself breaking and repairing a mirror over three painstaking hours in a time-based artwork called 30...

2/11 3pm
Art Rental

An Oberlin College tradition since 1940, Art Rental invites students to live with an original work of art (or two) for a semester. The Art Rental collection...

2/15 8am
Art Break:  Alexandra Letvin

Alexandra Letvin, assistant curator of European and American art, discusses works on view in the Willard-Newell Gallery.

2/21 10:15am
Image: Elizabeth Catlett (American, 1915–2012), "Harriet," 1975, linoleum cut. Museum Friends Fund, 2019.13

Poets from the Oberlin College community gather to reflect on the exhibition Afterlives of the Black Atlantic. ‘‘Afterwords: An Evening of Poetry at the...

3/3 5:30pm

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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