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The Dayton Art Institute
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
The main entrance to the Dayton Art Institute
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Built/Founded: 1911
Architect: Edward B. Green
Architectural style(s): Renaissance, Other.
Governing body: Dayton, OH
Added to NRHP: 1974
NRHP Reference#: 74001579 [1]

The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is a museum of fine arts in Dayton, Ohio, USA. 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 North American art museums in 3 out of 4 measurements.[3]



Founded in a downtown mansion in 1919 as the Dayton Museum of Fine Arts, the museum moved to its own building in 1930. Modeled after the Italian Renaissance Villa d'Este, near Rome, and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola, Italy. It is also visible from and easily accessible from I-75, which passes through the center of Dayton.[4]

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

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. In January 2008, Janice Driesbach became director of the Dayton Art Institute.

The art museum is an Italian Renaissance-style building, which sits atop a hill overlooking downtown dayton. Highlights include the museum's Asian collection, 17th-century Baroque paintings, 18th- and 19th-century American art, and a contemporary art collection. In addition to its collections, the museum frequently features world-class special exhibitions.[5]

Notable works

Allegory of the Four Seasons by Bartolomeo Manfredi


There are many works that are home to the Dayton Art Institute, some of the most notable are:[6] [7]


External links

Coordinates: 39°45′56″N 84°12′02″W / 39.765682°N 84.200549°W / 39.765682; -84.200549



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