Dayton, Ohio is more than just the birthplace of modern aviation.
The city’s rich selection of music, dance and visual arts makes it a city to behold. From the awe-inspiring works exhibited by masters of the art world to the works inspired by local activists, this city has something for every traveler.
Dayton Art Institute
The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) opened in 1919 in a mansion in downtown Dayton and operated out of the space until the late 1930s when it moved to its current locations. The collection consists of more than 20,000 pieces representing over 5,000 years of art history. The Italian Renaissance-style building sits at the top of a hill that looks out over Dayton’s downtown district. In addition to its collection, the DAI hosts concerts, family and youth programs, classes, and social gatherings. The Museum is located at 456 Belmonte Park North. Information regarding hours and admission can be found online at daytonartinstitute.org or by calling 937-223-4ART (4278).
Dayton Visual Arts Center
Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) holds 12 annual exhibitions that feature artists from Dayton and the surrounding Midwest. The artwork is selected by panels of arts professionals throughout the art world. Each of these exhibits includes guided tours by artists and curators that are designed to be lively and informative for art-lovers. Upcoming exhibits include an Artists-to-Watch auction in April. This auction highlights eight spotlight shows that feature up-and-coming artists. The DVAC is located at 118 North Jefferson Street and is open 11am-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday. More information about upcoming exhibits, auctions and special events can be found online at daytonvisualarts.org or by calling 937-224-3822.
Dayton International Peace Museum
Founded in 2004 and housed in the historic Isaac Pollack House, the Dayton International Peace Museum is part of the International Network of Museums for Peace. The Museum hosts activities, exhibits, and events that offer non-threatening opportunities to explore and examine peace. It is a place to celebrate and tell the stories of those who work toward a more peaceful world. In 2014, the Museum created “Peace Station 208,” a space that encourages visitors to engage in conversation about their role in the peace movement. This is done through group discussions, poetry slams and live musical performances. The Museum is located at 208 West Monument Street in Dayton and is open from 1 pm-5pm. Wednesday through Sunday. Further information is available at daytonpeacemuseum.org or by calling 937-227-3223.