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Celebrate the Special Milestone with the Taft

Experience the Taft historic house’s bicentennial with special exhibitions, programs, and unique events to celebrate the special anniversary for the Taft Museum of Art. 


Renewed Insights into the Storied Collection

Explore the Taft's permanent collection revised and reinterpreted through special exhibitions for the historic house's bicentennial.

In a New Light | Treasures from the Taft

July 3, 2021–May 1, 2022 | Fifth Third Gallery

In a New Light explores a broad range of eras, cultures, and art forms through their historical context, subject matter, materials, and makers. European decorative arts and Chinese porcelains dazzle the eye with their intricate designs and brilliant colors. Nineteenth-century American furniture impresses us with its stately elegance. European and American portraits and landscape paintings show off the mastery of some of the greatest artists of the past. Through select works, the exhibition will reveal centuries-old social concerns such as the distribution of wealth, environmental destruction, and gender and racial inequality.

As part of our bicentennial celebrations, the Taft will be offering complimentary admission to experience In a New Light. We hope you'll consider the suggested $10 donation during registration to support our Love This House campaign in lieu of admission.


Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727–1788), Maria, Duchess of Gloucester, about 1779, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art, 1931.406

Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727–1788), Maria, Duchess of Gloucester, about 1779, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art, 1931.406

Borrowed Gems from the Taft Museum of Art

July 23, 2021–February 21, 2022 | Cincinnati Museum Center

The Taft Museum of Art shares more than 40 works of art with audiences at the Cincinnati Museum Center this summer. Borrowed Gems tells the story of the Tafts’ collection and its impact on the Cincinnati community. Portraits, landscape paintings and decorative art reveal how the collection inspired Cincinnati artisans to create beautiful objects of their own. Through their vision as art collectors and philanthropists, Charles and Anna Taft left a legacy that continues to inspire each generation anew.


Programs that Honor the Living Legacy 

Discover ways to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Taft's historic house through offerings at the Taft Museum of Art and with our community partners.


 If These Walls Could Talk . . .  

On-Site Program

Thursday, October 28
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Go back in time, behind the scenes, and into the walls of the Taft Museum of Art. Join project experts and historic preservation consultants to explore the architectural history of the Taft’s 200-year-old house. They’ll explain the testing, probes, and investigations conducted to plan the building’s once-in-a-generation rehabilitation. This is the first of a three-part series of talks highlighting different facets of the Taft’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project before, during, and after completion.



Virtual Public Tours | In a New Light

Online Program

Select Wednesdays
12–1 p.m.

Enjoy docent-led tours of the Taft’s special bicentennial exhibition, In a New Light: Treasures from the Taft



Self-Guided Virtual Tour | Taft Historic House

Online Program


While the Taft historic house undergoes a major rehabilitation project, making it temporarily inaccessible to the public, audiences can explore the historic house and its esteemed artworks as they appeared prior to renovation efforts. Several of the works displayed in the virtual tour are also now on view within In a New Light: Treasures from the Taft and Borrowed Gems from the Taft Museum of Art.


Shop the Bicentennial Collection

Show how much you Love This House by exploring our limited-edition collection of books, bags, and more!


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