Plan a Visit

Visitor Guidelines
A visit to the Taft Museum of Art is a unique experience. Because we are home to a world-class art collection in the intimate setting of a historic house, here are a few things to know that will help make your visit more enjoyable.

Parking
The front gates and garage will open at 10:45 a.m. The Museum doors will open at 11 a.m.
Limited parking is available in the Taft’s onsite garage for guests visiting the Museum. If the garage is full, there are parking meters available across the street from the Museum, as well as garages close by, see options here. Cars left onsite or overnight will be towed.

Please Don’t Touch the Art
Please help us to preserve the house and collection for future generations by not touching paintings, sculpture, furniture or draperies.

ADA Accessibility, Wheelchairs, and Strollers

The Taft Museum of Art is accessible to everyone, including those with special abilities or physical injuries.  The entire museum is accessible to visitors who use standard sized wheelchairs or walkers.

Due to the architectural limitations of this landmarked building, we are forced to use a reduced size wheelchair lift to provide access to the permanent collection located in the historic house.  Therefore, some larger and/or more modern wheelchairs may not fit in our wheelchair lift in the historic house.  The entrance width of the wheelchair lift in the historic house is 32 inches and the car is 64 inches high. The platform is 29 inches wide and the depth is 48 inches. If you or your guest have a larger wheelchair, we recommend reviewing these measurements prior to your visit if you plan to see the permanent collection in the historic house. Additionally, we may require that larger chairs be in the most upright sitting position when using the chair lift in the historic house.

The special exhibition gallery, the Shop, Luther Hall, and the Lindner Family Café, located in the renovated area of the Museum, are all fully accessible to larger wheelchairs. To access these areas easily, please enter the parking garage and use the elevator located on all levels. Two small wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be requested at the Admissions Desk.

Sensory tours for visitors with developmental, visual, or hearing impairment can be scheduled with two weeks’ advance notice. For information about reservations, contact the Scheduling Manager at (513) 684-4516 or grouptours_lunches@taftmuseum.org.

Because of space constrictions, horizontal tandem strollers, and vertical tandem strollers are not permitted. Parents with infants may use single strollers, lightweight umbrella strollers, or soft-front carriers.

Coat Room and Lockers
The coat room and lockers are located on the first floor. Coats cannot be carried through the galleries.  Please plan on wearing your coat while touring the galleries or leave in coat check.

Backpacks, packages, diaper bags, and laptop bags exceeding 13”h x 17”w x 8”d must be placed in a locker.  Travel luggage and garment bags are not permitted in the coatroom. Please leave oversized items at home so you may comfortably enjoy your visit.

Photography/Video Recording/Laptops
Non-commercial photographs of the museum and the artworks in the permanent collection are permitted.  Photography is not permitted in galleries that house loaned artworks.  If you are uncertain, please consult with museum security.

Video cameras, tripods, and laptops are not permitted in the galleries and special exhibition areas. The use of selfie sticks is prohibited to preserve the safety of the artwork.

Promotional Images
Taft Museum of Art routinely takes images and video for use in marketing materials and on the Taft’s website and social media platforms. Please be advised that promotional images and video may be captured during your visit. Entrance to the Museum constitutes acceptance of this policy. If your likeness cannot be used for promotional purposes, please alert the program manager/photographer upon arrival. 

Cell Phones
Please refrain from the use of cell phones while touring the permanent collection and special exhibition areas.

Sketching with Pencils
Sketching is allowed in the galleries. Drawing boards, clipboards and sketch pads should not exceed 15×16 inches. Only graphite pencils are allowed.  Pens, markers, crayons, charcoals, colored pencils, chalks or pastels are not allowed.

Lost and Found
If you have left something behind at the Museum, please call the Security Office at (513) 241-2310.

Food and Drink
Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries or special exhibition areas. The public is not permitted to bring their own food or beverages to the Museum. For dining information, please contact the Lindner Family Café at (513) 352-5140.

No Smoking
The Taft Museum of Art is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the museum or in the garden.

Security
The museum’s security is here to provide care and protection to the visitors, and collection, historic house.  Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance or direction. All bags are subject to security inspection.

Groups
To ensure an exceptional experience, groups of 12 or more must contact the Museum prior to arrival. We do seek to accommodate groups without advance registrations. However, admission is not guaranteed due to capacity and program restrictions.