DAI & Covid-19

The Dayton Art Institute reopened in July, with limited capacity. Current museum hours are Friday/Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Since the initial closure due to COVID-19 precautions, the DAI team has been hard at work crafting a safe strategy that puts people first, both staff and museum guests. We have thoughtfully prepared for our reopening with updated museum rules based on recommendations and mandates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Ohio, Montgomery County and the City of Dayton. Face coverings (mask) are mandatory and required the entire time guests are in the museum, and physical distance guidelines of six feet or more are required.

Please Note: All dates, plans and policies are subject to change based on new information and guidance from city health officials. Please stay connected to Dayton Art Institute via this page and our social media channels for further updates.

See our FAQ below for additional information.

Face Coverings Required, Physical Distancing, Enhanced Cleaning

Address: 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Ohio 45405

Phone: 937-223-4ART (4278)

General information email: info@daytonart.org

If you have questions about visiting the museum, you may also submit your question through our contact form

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the DAI doing to ensure the safety of staff and guests?

Staff are temperature checked and required to wear face coverings (mask) at all times in the building. On-site staff will practice physical distancing according to CDC guidelines. Restrooms, elevators, doors, knobs, rails, handles and other high-touch surfaces are being disinfected multiple times daily. The museum is open under the restrictions for physical distancing, and all guests are required to wear face coverings (mask) at all times while in the museum.

The DAI monitors visitor flow to ensure it does not exceed 50% of capacity. Should the museum meet this capacity, visitors will be asked to wait in a socially distanced line outside the museum’s main entrance and granted admission to enter as quickly as possible while observing proper physical distancing protocols.

The museum has removed interactive gallery elements and made maps and guides available online, accessible to visitors’ personal devices. Interactive spaces will be closed until further notice, including The Lange Family Experiencenter.

What new cleaning procedures have you implemented due to COVID-19?

The DAI has implemented a series of new sanitation and cleaning procedures, which will be enacted consistently throughout all hours of operation. New cleaning procedures include increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing high-touch areas and implementing new products with enhanced disinfectant mechanisms.

Will the museum be serving food?

No. Food will not be served at the museum. Complimentary bottled water is available at Guest Services but must be consumed in the Entrance Rotunda or outside the museum, No food or drink is permitted in the galleries.

Is the Museum Store open?

Yes. The Museum Store is open, with a maximum capacity of nine guests in the store at any given time to ensure the ability to maintain proper physical distancing. Guests may also shop the Museum Store online.

Do I need to wear a face covering (mask) when I visit?

Yes. The DAI is a private institution devoted to public service. We will follow the guidance of CDC, state, county and city mandates and recommendations. Face coverings (masks) are required in order to enter and stay in the building and must be worn by all visitors older than 2. They may not be removed until guests have exited the museum. Based on guidelines from the CDC, face coverings (masks) have been shown to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19, and they are now required throughout the state of Ohio. Visitors who are not willing to wear masks will not be admitted. The museum staff is excited to welcome you back. We hope you will visit the museum and enjoy all of the art the DAI has to offer.

What will the museum hours be?

The DAI is initially open limited days each week: Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 5 p.m. We will occasionally evaluate hours based on attendance and current conditions locally. Any updates will be posted on the Visit page of our website.

Can I bring a bag?

Please leave large bags at home or in your vehicle. Visitors may carry bags smaller than 11 x 15 x 4 inches. Backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Backpack-style purses that meet the size requirements may not be worn on the back (due to the risk of them striking artworks) and may only be taken into the galleries if carried or worn on the front. All purses and bags are subject to security check, regardless of size. The museum reserves the right to decide what should be placed in the coatroom lockers or to refuse items into the museum.

Has the exhibition schedule been impacted by the museum’s closure?

Yes. The DAI’s summer exhibition was postponed to a future season, and there have been several changes to our Focus Exhibition schedule. As of right now, the fall Special Exhibition, Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage, will open October 17 as originally scheduled. Please visit the exhibitions page of our website for the latest exhibition schedules and updates.

What should I know before I arrive?

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is extremely contagious. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all of these precautions:

Face Coverings (Mask) are Required
Uso de Mascarilla Obligatorio

Physical Distancing Is Required
Mantenga la Debida Distancia

No Food or Beverages
No Se Permite Comida ni Bebidas

Credit Card Preferred; Cash Accepted
Tarjeta de Crédito Preferida; Efectivo Aceptado

Visitors showing signs of illness at any time will be asked to return at a later date. We ask that anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, chills, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or loss of taste) please refrain from visiting until you are symptom-free. Physical distancing is required and will be enforced; parties may remain together; children must stay with adults at all times. By visiting the DAI, you voluntarily assume all risks associated with exposure to COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses.

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