Art Galleries and Museums Tour in Toledo, Toledo (Self Guided)

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: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: AliceM
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20 North Gallery

1) 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 – Saturday: Noon – 4p.m.
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Madhouse Gallery

2) 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.
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Toledo Museum of Art

3) 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!

Tip:
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
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Libbey-Tschudy-Perkins Home

4) Libbey-Tschudy-Perkins Home

Visiting the Libbey-chudy-Perkins house you might think that you got in one of your favorite old films. Two years of accurate and laborious work gave birth to the building that was named a National Historical Landmark of the USA. This 10,000 square foot home is a pure example of colonial revival style; all you feel upon entering it is endless enthusiasm and delight. This estate was built in 1885 and over 125 years, it has often changed owners, but one thing remains constant – the sigh of admiration from all who cross the threshold. The interior is carefully thought out and kept in perfect condition. The wood, glass, stucco moulding and other unique details are ingeniously combined in reserved glamour and generous dignity. Don’t miss your chance to witness this incredible beauty!
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The Collingwood Arts Center

5) The Collingwood Arts Center

The Collingwood Arts Center or CAC is located in the Old West End district of Toledo just near Scott High School. It was opened in 2005. The main entrance is a two-storeyed building with glass doors. The center itself is a four-storeyed Victorian style brick building. The Collingwood Center is the only residential arts center in Ohio, where artists not only work and create but also live. There are over 400 artists who have been living and working here. It maintains several facilities: a gallery, a theatre and an arts educational center. The CAC welcomes everyone who is eager to fill his life with creativity and splashes of color.

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.