Free general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is made possible by a gift from The Rosenthal Family Foundation. Parking is also free in Museum lots.
Food and drink are not allowed in the museum galleries. Please enjoy refreshments in the Main Lobby, Schmidlapp Wing (Gallery 151), the Great Hall, the Alice Bimel Courtyard or stop by the Terrace Cafe from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. during open hours.
Don’t forget to stop by the Gift Shop to take home a souvenir from your visit! The Gift Shop is located in the main lobby.
Click here for general museum information and policies that will help you prepare for your visit.
The museum offers a wide range of gallery and art-making experiences. We encourage all homeschool educators and families to utilize these resources to create robust and comprehensive lesson plans for homeschool students.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is home to artworks of all shapes, sizes, materials, and subjects with something different in each gallery. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to find a starting point. Utilize these resources to help prepare you and your home schoolers for your visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Review the Cincinnati Art Museum Rules
Not sure what is allowed and what is not? Make sure you are all caught up with the museum rules before you visit. View this handy guide so you are prepared to explore and investigate in a manner safe for you and the artwork.
Stop by the Visitor Services Desk!
Don’t forget to stop at the front desk if you have any remaining questions or need help finding your way before beginning your visit. They can provide you with a map to help you navigate as well as brochures highlighting all of our programs in more detail. Click here to view our Visitor Guide.
MyCAM Art Hunts are digital tours that you customize an experience that revolves around the learning objectives in your lesson plans. Choose from eight thematic art hunts to personalize your museum visit. Once you pick your hunt, you will be asked to pick five works that have been broken into themes. After you have made your selections, print your guide and bring it to the museum with you. Each MyCAM Art Hunt booklet is filled with creative prompts for looking at and responding to artworks in the galleries that can be incorporated as supplementary activities for your lessons. Create your custom tour now.
You can also visit the MyCAM Touch Tables in the Schmidlapp Wing and customize your tour before exploring the galleries. Once you have made your selections hit “PRINT” and head to the front desk to pick your tour up.
See Play Learn Kits can also be checked out from the Visitor Services Desk. See Play Learn Kits are gallery activity tote bags designed to encourage creative discussion and learning in the galleries of the museum. Use these activities and tools to help you experience the collection in a unique and hands on way. Learn more about See Play Learn Kits
Tours must be booked a minimum of six weeks in advance of the desired tour date.
You can schedule Homeschool tours online or by calling 513-639-2975. There is a wide variety of topics to choose from, including social studies, language arts, math and science, and more! Learn more about school/homeschool tours.
Our docents look forward to your visit to the museum. The docents are volunteers who prepare in advance for your group's specific tour. They come to the museum just for you and your learners!
One chaperone is required for every 10 children. If the number of children changes by 10 or more, please call the Tour Coordinator immediately so that adjustments can be made in the volunteer's schedule.
Also, your tour is scheduled for the hour your group requested. The tour will begin when all of your attendees are present and ready to go. A timely arrival is essential for a full hour tour. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this a positive, educational, and fun experience for your learners (and our volunteers).
On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., the REC offers an art-themed Storytime. REC Reads is designed for Pre-K students.
CAM Kids Day
Celebrate art at this free event for families the first Saturday of every month September through May.
From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., preschool-aged children can participate in hands-on art making activities and starting at 11:30 a.m. children can find interactive gallery stops around the museum. Families can also enjoy an all-ages performance beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Families are also encouraged to spend time in the Rosenthal Education Center for hands-on artmaking or create their own unique scavenger hunt at the MyCAM station near the front entrance. Both are available during regular operating hours. Each month features a new theme; check our online calendar for performance details.
LecturesFor your more advanced home school students; the museum offers a wide range of lectures featuring guest artists, speakers and scholars from around the world. Explore upcoming lecture topics and find more info. Pricing and registration varies between lectures.
CAM offers a wide variety of tours and programs that target all audiences to make our collection accessible and inclusive towards people of all abilities. You are sure to find something that is tuned to your specific needs! We’ve also developed a handy Social Story to help you familiarize yourself with the building and staff before you even arrive. Learn more about our Accessibility Programs.
There are many ways to utilize Cincinnati Art Museum programs and resources while at home or another location.
LookSeeDoBring the CAM to your classroom with a LookSeeDo workshop. Students will be able look at and discuss works of art from the CAM permanent collection and create a hands-on art project. Topics for Pre-K to 6th grade are available. LookSeeDo is $100 per program and $50 for each additional session on the same day. A maximum of three sessions per day can be scheduled. Reservations will not be taken during December and August. Click here for reservation information!
Art PalaceArt Palace is a podcast presented by the Cincinnati Art Museum, where we meet cool people and then talk about art. You can listen to new shows about every two weeks. They are available on the museum’s website & on iTunes. Click here to subscribe and tune in!
CAM BlogVisit the Cincinnati Art Museum homepage and click on the Blog tab on the top right, or click here to read posts that offer behind-the-scenes looks at museum events and exhibitions. New blog posts are added every week.
Click here to visit our Google Arts and Culture website for online access to Cincinnati Art Museum artwork, exhibitions, and stories. You can filter through content via popularity, time period, or color of artwork.
The website also has a feature where you can explore the museum on a virtual tour through an interactive map. The sidebar and Google Arts & Culture homepage allow you to browse partner institutions, to expand learning beyond CAM.
Utilize Cincinnati Art Museum events and web resources for professional development and experience renewed creativity. We strongly encourage all homeschool educators to utilize these resources and attend the museum’s professional development events.
Click here to explore Professional Development opportunities and resources for Homeschool Educators.
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If you would like additional info on our homeschool programs please email [email protected]