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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 will share 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.


Virtual Tour | In a New Light

Online Program

Select Wednesdays
12–1 p.m.

Can’t make it to the museum? Take a docent-led virtual tour online. On select Wednesdays, while the special exhibition is open at the Taft you can experience a specially curated online tour. Tours are 30 minutes long and require registration in advance.



Virtual Talk | In a New Light: A Fresh Look at the Taft Collection

Online Program

Thursday, August 18
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Just as the city surrounding the historic Taft Museum of Art has changed, so has the approach to curatorial practice and the interpretation of art history. Join Associate Curator Tamera Lenz Muente and Assistant Curator Ann Glasscock for a discussion moderated by Director of Learning & Engagement Elise Solomon about how the exhibition In a New Light: Treasures from the Taft came together and how it will influence the reinstallation of the collection in 2022.



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.



Walking Tour | Cincinnati Art: Past & Present 

Off-Site Program | Ault Park

Saturday, July 17 & Saturday, August 21
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Join the Taft Museum of Art and ArtWorks for a walking tour that explores Cincinnati art from the past as well as the present. Beginning at the Taft, participants will learn about the historic Lytle Park neighborhood, then head into downtown to discover the many ArtWorks murals. Bring your best walking shoes for this two-mile trek through time!


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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