It’s Time for Antique Christmas at The Taft Museum of Art

It’s time to trim the tree, light the lights, and enjoy all things Christmas at The Taft Museum of Art!

taft museum of art at christmas

The Taft Museum of Art, once the home of the Taft family, is one of my favorite places to visit. And it’s especially fun when it’s Christmastime as they decorate room after room with antique Christmas decor.

Table Scape at Taft Museum of Art's Antique Christmas
image supplied by Taft Museum of Art

The antique Christmas decorations are displayed amongst the works of art so when you visit you’ll get to see the museum AND the antique Christmas collections.

From Christmas trees of old to toys to decorations, every display will make you yearn for Christmas past.

Christmas Tree at the Taft Museum of Art

In addition to enjoying the museum and Antique Christmas, plan to enjoy lunch at their lovely Lindner Family Cafe. And you should definitely stop in at the gift shop. It’s full of great gift items.

Dining Room at Taft Museum of Art
image supplied by Taft Museum of Art

The Taft Museum of Art is located at 316 Pike Street, downtown.

Antique Christmas is at the Taft Museum of Art through January 6, 2019.

Hours and admission can be found here

For the remainder of 2018, the Taft Museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Sundays are free! 

Free parking is available in the Taft’s parking garage. You can also park at metered spots along Lytle Park.

Congrats to Rachael, our winner! Rachael, you have an email from me in your inbox.

And we have a Giveaway! Enter to win a $100 gift card for the Taft Museum of Art!

This gift card can be used for museum admission, at the Linder Cafe, or in their wonderful gift shop!

Here’s How to Enter to Win:

Simply leave a comment on this page, answering this question: Have you been to the the Taft Museum of Art???


Thank you to The Taft Museum of Art for donating today’s giveaway.

Giveaway Details: One entry per person. You must leave a comment on this page in order to enter to win. The winner will have 24 hours to get back to us to claim the prize. If we don’t hear back from the winner within 24 hours we will choose a new winner. No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This giveaway originates in Ohio. We opened the giveaway on Tues., Dec. 18, 2018 at 10am and the giveaway will end on Dec. 21 at 8am.  Winner will be chosen on Dec. 21, 2018 and the winner will be notified by email at the email address he/she provided.  Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received. The winner will be chosen at random using The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for The Taft Museum of Art. The winner will be posted here before Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

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  1. Yes, I have been to the Taft Museum, and I love it! I appreciate their generosity in letting others enjoy the building and artwork for free and for offering special exhibits, events etc. A quaint landmark in Cincinnati that everyone should experience!

  2. I visited the Taft Museum several years ago with a group of my friends and we had a wonderful lunch in the Linder Café.

  3. No, I havent been 🙁 we are new residents and there are SO many things on my must-hit list! Thanks so much for this article — will try to visit for the holiday exhibit!!

  4. The amazing “Twisted” exhibit outside the museum was fascinating and magical; I visited several times. In addition, The Ansel Adams exhibit was a wonderful opportunity to see the span of works from this amazing photographer’s career.

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  5. I am a lifetime resident and am ashamed to admit I have not been to the Taft Museum. Having admitted that now, it is time I get myself down there! The antique Christmas decoration display has grabbed my interest and I am determined to see it.

  6. I have not made it there yet! We have lived here a year and people always tell me about the great museums! But we live slightly out of town so it’s hard to make it downtown

  7. New-ish to the area so I have only taken the kids one time for a school project. Would love to get back and this post and all the comments are motivation!

  8. Believe it or not I have scheduled many people to meet there for lunch and other activities but have never been able to go and enjoy it myself. Happy Holidays everyone!

  9. Yes! I have been. I volunteered at an art installation last year and loved the experience. Its in a beautiful part of town and I would love to go back again and bring my mom with me!

  10. I lived in the Cincinnati until I was a young adult. Now I live a little north of Cincinnati but have fond memories of the Taft Museum. I’m so old now I’d probably fit right in with the Antique Christmas Display!

  11. I have been to the Taft Museum of Art several times! I love the concert series. the themed cafe items with the current exhibit, and the wonderful gift shop!

  12. I have been there many moons ago and would love to return. I hope the huge vine installation outside is still there! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  13. I’ve been to the Taft Museum once – last year they had a quilt exhibit that I wanted to see. But I also really enjoyed going through all the rest of the house very much!

  14. I brought my children to the Taft when they were young They are now all in there 20’s. I think it is time to go again.

  15. It has been a few years since I’ve been to the Taft. I have tickets to bring my mom for a visit this weekend. We’re looking forward to the beautiful Xmas displays and to trying a bite in the cafe!

  16. Yes! I live downtown and have taken many friends and family members for special exhibits and to visit the permanent exhibits too.

  17. I have been to the Taft Museum; most recently with my DKG chapter. My son’s wedding reception was also at the Taft (outdoors) in June 2017. It’s a beautiful location for a wedding reception as well as a wonderful museum.

  18. Yes I have been to the Taft Museum quite a few times over the years. I love to take out of town guests there and I enjoy it every time.

  19. I am a member. I highly recommend it! Openings are lovely and you get a chance to gauge how long you will want to stay when you return to see the exhibit at your leisure without the crowd. Their Duncanson artist this year (Vanessa Germain)was beyond fabulous-her visual stuff and her performances were eye popping and deeply affecting. Being a member let me see her 4 times for free…. the collection itself, the restored Duncanson murals are worth the price of admission if they are new to yu

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