Art Galleries and Museums Tour in Toledo, Toledo

Toledo is a city with an impressive number of public art places, museums and local art galleries. Paintings, sculpture, glass art, ceramics and jewelry, wooden art items, graphics and much more. Every year the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) organizes an Art Walk through the galleries of the Arts Zone and Warehouse District in downtown Toledo. Get involved in this world of color splashes. Take the following walking tour - you won't regret it.
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Art Galleries and Museums Tour in Toledo Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries and Museums Tour in Toledo
Guide Location: USA » Toledo (See other walking tours in Toledo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: AliceM
Toledo Museum of Art

1) Toledo Museum of Art (must see)

The Toledo Museum of Art is an internationally known art museum. The museum was founded by Toledo glassmaker Edward Drummond Libbey in 1901 and moved to its current location, a Greek revival building designed by Edward B. Green and Harry W. Wachter on January 17, 1912. The building was expanded twice in the 1920s and 1930s.

The museum contains major collections of glass art of the 19th and 20th century European and American art, as well as small but distinguished Renaissance, Greek and Roman, and Japanese collections. Notable individual works include Peter Paul Rubens's The Crowning of Saint Catherine, significant minor works by Rembrandt and El Greco, and modern works by Willem de Kooning, Henry Moore, and Sol LeWitt, as well as Fragonard's Blind man's bluff.

A concert hall within the east wing, the Peristyle, is built in a classical style to match the museum's exterior. The hall is the principal concert space for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. A sculpture garden, containing primarily postwar works (earlier sculptures are on display in the interior) was added in 2001 and runs in a narrow band along the museum's Monroe Street facade.

The Toledo Museum features an extended exhibit, entitled The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb.

Why You Should Visit:
They have art for all tastes and beautiful displays. They have self-guided and guided tours. There are hidden niches in the classical wing. The outstanding Glass Pavilion is across the street in a different building. Kids area in the basement and lots of interactive displays for kids. Art classes and art appreciation classes available. Great speakers series as well as the movie series. There is a nice café for meals and drinks and a gift shop with unique artistic items. Staff is friendly and welcoming. All included, and free!

Make sure you pop into the Peristyle auditorium. One of the coolest places to see any performance (you can see it from a doorway in the Egyptian wing).

Opening Hours: Tue-Wed: 10am-4pm; Thu-Fri: 10am-9pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Parkwood Gallery

2) Parkwood Gallery

The Parkwood Gallery is an art gallery, situated in the ACGT office building in downtown Toledo, not far from the Toledo Museum of Art. It was founded by the Ohio Arts Council and Frederick Upton. The major aim of the Parkwood Gallery is to give unknown artists a chance to present their works in different ways, which may be individual, group or widely associated exhibitions. Such exhibitions are of creative and of career interest for young talents developing their portfolios and increasing sales. Every year the Parkwood Gallery accepts applications of young artists who are eager to take part in exhibitions, among which there are about one hundred artists chosen for showcasing. Working schedule: Monday- Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm.

3) Scrap4Art

Scrap4Art is an art gallery as well as a workshop in Toledo. The motto of the company is “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” The Scrap4Art centre accepts used materials from manufactures, designers, shops, studios and individuals and brings them to life by making different art items. This can become a new step to the resolution of environmental problems. Gifted materials are reused by volunteers: children with their parents and students. Recycled items are sold at Scrap4Art's retail store. Working schedule: Tuesday: 3:30 - 5:30, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 12:30 - 5:30, Saturdays: 10:00 - 3:00. The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays.
Madhouse Gallery

4) Madhouse Gallery

Madhouse gallery is an art gallery situated in an area in uptown Toledo. The gallery presents interesting and innovative ideas in motion, graphics and animation. The artists who exhibit their works here have taken part in different shows all over the U.S.A. and Europe. The craftsmen and graphic designers work with modern and unusual materials such as fabric and plastic. The works exhibited here surpass the three well-known media – they are a mixture of joy and hip, light and shadow, urban and village artwork, much like humanity combines everything.
Space 237 Galleries and ClaySpace

5) Space 237 Galleries and ClaySpace

Space 237 Galleries and ClaySpace is an art gallery situated in downtown Toledo. It is a 25 thousand square-foot building. The space has two large galleries with a room for visual arts. There is also a studio for ceramics and a gift area. The first floor gallery is decorated in uncovered brick with light Italian attachments on it; the walls seem to be assembled from many pieces. The third floor provides space for poetry readings, music and video performances. The fourth floor gallery is a 5 thousand square feet space with high ceilings and Japanese style lamps on the walls. Instructors in the ceramics studio will show you the techniques of handling and decorating clay. Space 237 is a gallery where artists and art admirers can communicate through beautiful and original canvases. Hours of operation: Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays: 12 a.m. - 4 p.m.
J&J Studio and Gallery

6) J&J Studio and Gallery

J&J Studio and Gallery is an art gallery in Toledo, founded by Jorge Gallardo and Joe Schreiber in June of 2010. The gallery exhibits a different range of fine art and photography: colorful and colorless abstract works, surreal animations from the internet displayed on screens, and classic art works inspired by human and natural beauty. J&J Studio and Gallery presents artists of diverse work styles: abstract painters, glass artists, multimedia artists, wood art creators, pottery and jewelry designers. The gallery also does poetry readings and DJ challenges to help develop these activities and keep them at a high creative level. If you are interested in a piece of artwork you can learn more about the artist, his art education and exhibition history, and you can buy the artwork at the gallery. Working schedule: Wednesday – Friday: 11.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.; Saturdays: 11.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
20 North Gallery

7) 20 North Gallery

20 North Gallery is the oldest art gallery situated in the Warehouse District of Toledo. It was founded in 1993. Today the gallery is owned by Eric Hillenbrand and conducted by Peggy Grant, an artist herself and an art director. The gallery displays and sells both classical and modern artworks in a variety of media, representing local Toledo artists and others from all over the United States and Great Britain, Europe and Russia. Among these artists are: Adam Grant, Wil Clay and Frank Morrison. In November 2008, 20 North Gallery celebrated one hundred exhibits. Gallery hours: Wednesday – Friday: noon – 4 p.m.; Saturdays: 1 – 5 p.m. The gallery doesn't open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays.
Sur St. Clair Gallery

8) Sur St. Clair Gallery

Sur St. Clair gallery is an art gallery in Toledo and a place for the arrangements of events: business meetings, private parties and family gatherings. It is situated in a historic loft-type construction at 1 South Saint Clair, built in 1889 by famous architect Shaw-Kendall, who had engineered the hot water system for the city and a number of downtown and old west-end places. In 2001 the building was renovated by Richard Rideout and his wife Janet Albright. The gallery exhibits both local and national artists among which are: Jim Yarrito, Amy Beeler and Travis Sanderson. They work in various styles: glass art, ceramics and sculpture, traditional landscapes and portraits, impressionistic paintings and jewelry. The warm atmosphere of the gallery, the cozy wooden floors and 16 foot ceilings are comforting and make this place a good alternative to the traditional meeting places.
Bozarts Fine Arts and Music Gallery

9) Bozarts Fine Arts and Music Gallery

Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery is an art gallery in Toledo’s Warehouse District in Downtown Toledo. The gallery's owner and art director is Jerry Gray, a local artist, whose works express a large variety of mixed media. The building where the gallery is housed was constructed in 1910 and represents a simple gray block with metal doors, but with a splash of color behind this cheerless facade. The gallery is 10 thousand sq.ft. in area. The first exhibition took place in July 2009. Until today the gallery has exhibited over 150 pieces of art. The exhibitions usually take place over several weeks. 'Bozarts' is not a typical gallery – it accepts graffiti, metaphoric art works and cartoon-inspired pictures as well. The gallery runs individual and group exhibitions. The main aim of Bozarts Fine Art and Music Gallery is to stimulate local artists and to support new talents. The gallery doesn't keep regular hours, but the exhibits are always available by appointment.
Shawn Messenger Fine Art Glass

10) Shawn Messenger Fine Art Glass

Shawn Messenger Fine Art Glass is an art gallery in Toledo. This name belongs to the gallery's art director and glass artist. Shawn Messenger studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, in the Pilchuck Glass Center. Her works can be found in private American, European and Asian collections. Using glass powders and amazing creative talent, Shawn blows different glass items such as classic, opal, flat and tangerine vases, perfume bottles, and paperweights. Shawn considers her work to be impressionistic and is inspired by nature: flowers and gardens draw the main theme of the artist's creation. Shawn Messenger points out that the aim of her creation is to evoke in people a feeling of solitude and peace.

Walking Tours in Toledo, Ohio

Create Your Own Walk in Toledo

Create Your Own Walk in Toledo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toledo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Sights of Toledo

Religious Sights of Toledo

Toledo’s religious places will come alive differently for artists and architects, musicians, sculptors and casual visitors, but each of them will be fascinated by picturesque churches, charming chapels and gorgeous cathedrals. Take this tour and see for yourself.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Old West End Historic Tour

Old West End Historic Tour

If you want to visit the place which has kept alive the spirit of fine 19th century architecture, to witness a life of glamor and elegance, and to experience the style and wealth of the mighty of this world, then the Old West End neighborhood in Toledo is your final destination. Go ahead and explore the living demonstration of style, grace and beauty!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Toledo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Toledo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Toledo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.