Toledo Museum of Art Ohio
The Toledo Museum of Art is an internationally known art museum located in the Old West End neighborhood of Toledo, Ohio, United States. It houses a collection of more than 30,000 objects. 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, in 1912. The main building was expanded twice, in the 1920s and 1930s. Other buildings were added in the 1990’s and 2006.
The Toledo Museum of Art’s architecturally significant campus is the gem of the Glass City. Our Neoclassic, marble-clad main building is joined by a Frank Gehry-designed Center for the Visual Arts and the newest addition, the Toledo Museum of Art Glass PavilionTM.
The Glass Pavilion, designed by Tokyo-based SANAA, is an architectural wonder whose interior and exterior walls are made of curved glass panels. Surrounded by green spaces, an expanding outdoor sculpture garden and the celebrated Victorian homes of Toledo’s historic Old West End neighborhood, our campus offers a visual delight for all tastes.
The Toledo Museum of Art is world-renowned for its collection of Old Master paintings, decorative arts and glass. In addition, the Museum has growing collections of contemporary, Asian and African art as well as art from antiquity. The Museum is admired for both the quality and comprehensiveness of its collection, which continues to grow through the acquisition process. There is always something new to see at TMA.
The museum bought the Rubens painting, The Crowning of Saint Catherine, from Albert Koppel in 1950.Rubens had originally painted it for the church of the Augustinians in Mechelen (Malines) where it was installed in 1631. In the eighteenth century, the church authorities sold it to a dealer; in 1779, it was purchased by the 5th Duke of Rutland. It remained as part of the Rutland estate until 1911 when the 8th Duke of Rutland sold it to the German-Jewish banker and science entrepreneur Leopold Koppel. On Koppel’s death in 1933, it was stolen by senior Nazi Hermann Göring for his private collection. At the end of World War II it was discovered by American troops in a salt mine and was eventually reclaimed, with several other paintings, by Leopold’s son Albert.
The painting is among the 360 objects in the museum’s collection that changed hands in Continental Europe during the Nazi era (1933-1945), according to the American Alliance of Museums Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal
Free daily glass blowing demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion bring TMA’s extensive glass collection to life. Learn how glass is made and how the studio glass movement, born in Toledo, changed the face of glassmaking.
Hand-on children’s art activities are available in the museum’s Family Center on Tuedays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and noon – 4 p.m. on Sundays. The evening “It’s Friday” Program sponsored by Fifth Third Bank also offers hands-on art opportunities and Art Hours (one-hour classes) for those who want to experience art. Art classes and interactive tours are also available. See toledomuseum.org for dates and times of all our programs and classes.
2445 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43620
Mobil: (419) 255-8000
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday and Friday: 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: noon – 5 pm
Toledo Museum of Art Ohio | paintings in chronological order
1801 – 1825