Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tours
America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and The Voyage of Life
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.
June 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13

Join a docent for a half-hour tour.
FREE with Museum admission. No reservations taken.

Taft Highlights Tour
Every Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Take a docent-led tour of the Taft collection.

FREE. No reservations taken.


Movie Screening: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
Wednesday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.
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Note: This program will be held at 21c  Museum Hotel, 602 Walnut St., 45202

The Taft has teamed up with our friends at 21c Museum Hotel for a screening of the documentary film, Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace. Famous for reinterpreting classical portraits with African-American men as the subjects, Wiley turns his focus to African-American women for the first time in An Economy of Grace. The film follows his creative process from concept to canvas, including casting models on the streets of New York, working with fashion house Givenchy to create couture gowns for the women, and Wiley’s painting process. As Wiley describes the series: “I am painting women in order to come to terms with the depictions of gender within the context of art history. One has to broaden the conversation.”

FREE. Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above


Lytle Park Walking Tour*
Saturday, September 13, 2:30 p.m.
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Enjoy a September afternoon exploring the beauty and history of the Lytle Park Historic District with local expert Cate O’Hara. With construction work on Lytle Tunnel scheduled to begin next spring, this tour may not be offered again for a while, so catch this last chance for a guided walk in one of Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods. O’Hara is program director for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati.

*This tour requires the ability to walk and stand for up to two hours.

$5 Members, $12 Public (includes museum admission).
Advance paid reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.


Lecture: Kehinde Wiley
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
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Internationally-renowned artist Kehinde Wiley will discuss his Memling exhibition, his works, and inspirations. The Memling exhibition will be open following the lecture until 9:00 p.m.

Advance paid reservations required.
$10 Members and Students (with ID)
$15 Non-members

For reservations, call (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.


Book Talk: The Boy at the Museum by Tamera Lenz Muente
Thursday, September 25, 2:00 p.m.
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Join us as author (and Taft assistant curator) Tamera Lenz Muente discusses her inspirations for her recently released book, The Boy at the Museum. Set in Cincinnati in 1834, Muente’s book is full of hometown references, interesting characters, and intrigue at the Western Museum. The Boy at the Museum is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Semi-finalist.

FREE Members & Students. $10 Public (includes Museum admission)

Advance registration required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.


Haunted House: The Taft at Night
Thursday, October 23, 6-9 p.m.
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Get in the Halloween “spirit” with this evening of fun, food, and (not too) scary adventures at the Taft. The ghost stories of the Taft are legendary; how could the oldest wooden home in Cincinnati NOT be haunted? Take a night time tour of the home of Nicholas Longworth, David Sinton, and Annie and Charlie Taft, and hear about whose spirit allegedly walks the stairs, who guards the attic, and whose invisible hand taps visitors on the shoulder – boo!  Executive Chef Luke Radkey will provide light bites. Cash bar available.

$10 Members and students, $15 public.
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.


Slow Art Day
Saturday, November 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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After participating in International Slow Art Day in the spring, our docents loved it so much they asked if they could do it again! The mission of Slow Art is simple: Help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. It’s easy and fun—look slowly at five pieces of art, then join other participants in Dutch-treat lunch in the café to discuss. Taft docents facilitate the looking and discussing.

FREE. Museum admission and lunch sold separately.
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.


Book Talk: Cincinnati Shadow and Light by Michael Keating
Saturday, November 8, 2:30 p.m.
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Former Cincinnati Enquirer photographer Michael Keating discusses his book featuring the 100 most memorable and moving images from his five decades as a photojournalist, capturing the faces of Cincinnati, featuring unforgettable moments from regional history, human drama, and regional pride. Much as the exhibition Paris Night and Day looks at life in Paris, this retrospective collection displays the Cincinnati version of daily life, presented in sections called The Ohio River, Dispatches from the Field, The Cincinnati Reds, Character, and Personality. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

FREE. Museum admission sold separately.
Reservations: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.


Cincinnati for Dummies
Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m.
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Do you know what goetta is? Have you ever wondered why people say “please?” when they didn’t hear you? What are the Seven Hills of Cincinnati? Whether you are new to the Queen City  or a native, you will find answers to these and many other perplexing Porkopolis peculiarities in this lively panel discussion. Cincinnati experts Phil Nuxhall (official historian for Spring Grove Cemetery), Dr. Paul Tenkotte (director of The Center for Public History at Northern Kentucky University), and Christopher Smith (local historian for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County) will tackle your questions and a you will leave the Taft full of local knowledge. Bring your questions with you, or send them in advance via email (, Facebook, or Twitter (@taftmuseum).

FREE Members & Students, $10 Public. Cash bar available.
Reservations: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.


Artist Talk: Barry Andersen
Thursday, December 4, 1:30 p.m.  *PLEASE NOTE: This is a NEW DATE!
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Photographer and teacher Barry Andersen will discuss his inspirations as a photographer and respond to work in the special exhibition Paris Night and Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray in this Artist Talk. Andersen is Emeritus Professor of Art at Northern Kentucky University and his work is featured in many public and private collections around the United States.

FREE Members and Students. $10 public (includes museum admission).
Reservations required: (513) 684-415 or click the link above.

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