Be Inspired at the Akron Art Museum


Category: Downtown Akron Blog

The Akron Art Museum first opened in 1922 as the Akron Art Institute. In 2007, in its 85th year, the museum received a dynamic, modern expansion upon the original building. The combined structures better allowed for temporary traveling exhibitions and international collections, as well as becoming an interesting landmark for the city. Today, the museum hosts a wide array of movements, styles, and artists.

Among the current collections is Family, an exhibition that offers “insight into [the interactions] that distinguish the families we inherit, create, and adopt”.

Our Land, a collection that opened in August 2016 to celebrate the centennial of the National Parks Service, exhibits photographs of the beautiful, awe-inspiring scenery in many of the National Parks.

Gross Anatomies, only for the adventurous and strong-stomached, features grotesque, confusing, and occasionally repulsive illustrations of the human body.  

The museum hosts a gorgeous collection that holds appeal for everyone, whether you are an art buff visiting from out of town, a student, a resident of Summit County, or a downtown employee looking for something to fill your lunch hour.

In addition to displaying art collections, the museum also fosters community involvement downtown by hosting an equally diverse calendar of events.

Moving Connections is a weekly wellness dance and movement program for Akron’s senior residents, Art Babes is a sensory program for babies and young children, and other programs like Thrift Store Painting (where participants are encouraged to bring garish pieces of art) all work towards promoting the exploration of creativity and embracing the Akron community.

The Akron Art Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday, as well as on most major holidays. Their current gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Admission is free every Thursday; other admission prices are listed on the Akron Art Museum website. It also hosts a café and gift shop, and visitors are welcome to shop online or on-site, and can even request a print of their favorite artwork.


By: KC Ludwig, DAP Communications Intern

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