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Art Climb

Coming Spring 2020

Press Release

With this project, the museum seeks to engage with its surrounding historic, vital neighborhoods, including Walnut Hills. This effort to activate the museum grounds will allow new and broader access through casual and recreational art interactions outside the walls of the museum.

The Art Climb includes a staircase from the sidewalk near the intersection of Eden Park Drive and Gilbert Avenue and leading up to the front museum entrance. This project will open up the museum grounds, connect the museum to its neighbors and provide a space to incorporate outdoor artworks.

Multiple flights of steps and landings will span the hill at the northern corner of the museums grounds, around 450 feet from the street to the parking lot. The museum worked with Emersion Design and Human Nature for architecture and landscape design for this project. Turner Construction is the construction firm.

Effort has been taken to retain as many trees as possible in the construction of the Art Climb. Invasive honeysuckle and diseased ash trees are being removed.

Art Climb will incorporate a lighting component that will guide visitors up toward the museum. At the top of the staircase, visitors will have an opportunity to access a large pavilion where they can enjoy a view of the city. A Cincinnati Metro bus stop is located near the start of the staircases.


Construction = Progress: Two projects in the works

Please pardon our dust as you enter the museum.  We have two projects currently under construction: a road support wall (to be completed this winter) and the Art Climb (to open in early Summer). The museum remains open during these projects and the construction should not impact your experience.

The museum recently opened a new access ramp to the front entrance, allowing visitors in wheelchairs or with strollers to gain easy access to the front of the museum.


Art Climb by the Numbers

  • 9 stories high
  • 164 steps
  • 16 landings
  • 4 art plazas— artwork to be installed at a later date


Art Climb Accessibility

Due to Cincinnati’s natural terrain, the hillside (at nine stories) is too steep to accommodate visitors who cannot traverse steps. The Art Climb consists of 164 steps. Visitors with accessibility needs are encouraged to visit the CAM’s indoor permanent art collection and special exhibitions, which are fully accessible. Park in the lot nearest the building and use the new ramp into the museum, which is ADA accessible. For more information about accessibility, visit the Access page.