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

AMAM in the AM: Oberlin and Abolitionism Walking Tour

The Oberlin Heritage Center presents "Oberlin and Abolitionism," a 45-minute walking tour, in conjunction with the AMAM exhibition "Afterlives of the Black...

10/18 10:15am
First Thursday: Music from Vienna During and Before Klimt

Join us for an evening of music by students of Sibbi Bernhardsson '95, professor of violin in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Some of the conservatory's...

11/7 5:30pm
Tuesday Tea:  Andrea Gyorody

Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, discusses "Pale Face," a 1903 painting by Gustav Klimt on loan to the...

11/12 3pm
First Thursday: Christina Sharpe

Christina Sharpe is Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto. Her research focuses on black visual, queer, and diaspora...

12/5 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