Arkon Art Museum was a wonderful mix of what you most want to see at an art museum and without being bored, from American impressionist paintings to photography to local artist inspirations.
I was not too sure about taking my little Jolie there, but in the end I am glad I did. It was not a large museum but with two stories it made the adventure of exploring just right for the little one.
Like most museums, you can’t take pictures inside, except in the lobby. The nice people working the entrance really enjoyed Jolie being so excited by the cool orange chairs and art that was on display there. It was a good sign for the rest of our exploration.
Although we were only there for just over an hour, it was just enough to see everything I could with Jolie (just maybe not to read so much). The first floor had some great Impressionist-influenced American paintings that Jolie loved (of course because of the “fruit” and the “child” on display), as well as paintings from local artists around Ohio.
The second floor was a continuation of some of the displays from the lobby that were sculptures of art made of recycled materials, along with photography and other unique pieces.
Probably the only issue we ran into were clear signs around saying to please hold onto small children hands at all times as they are not allowed to touch the displays. This was definitely a bit tricky but we survived.
If you are ever in the Akron area, I highly recommend this art museum.
Tips for Easy Travel:
- Do not bring a stroller if you have only one infant or toddler. Although there is an elevator, I think the museum is small enough that you could carry your infant or (as I did) hold the hand of the toddler. If you have more than one, then my guess would be to put the one most anxious in the stroller!
- Bathrooms are on both floors which is nice for those in the middle of potty training (like mine was!).
- The best option for parking in the area is right across from the museum entrance. Note there are two entrances for this garage so if you miss the first one, as I did, you don’t have to circle back around as the second entrance is for the same garage on that same street.