Art museum free to fed workers

DAYTON — The Dayton Art Institute (DAI), 456 Belmonte Park, Dayton, has joined a growing list of museums across the country offering free admission for furloughed federal employees during the partial government shutdown.

The DAI will waive its suggested general admission fee for furloughed federal employees and one guest when a valid federal ID is shown at the museum’s guest services desk. Museum general admission is always free for college students with a valid ID and youth 17 and under.

“We thank our local federal employees and offer them something to do while they are on furlough or working without pay,” said Director and CEO Michael R. Roediger. “This is a very stressful time for these workers and their families, and we hope they are able to enjoy a relaxing, tranquil break in our galleries. Federal employees and their guests are welcome to visit as often as they like through the end of January. If the shutdown continues past the end of January, we will extend this offer.”

A list of art museums offering free admission to furloughed federal employees may be found online at

Founded in 1919, the Dayton Art Institute is celebrating its centennial in 2019. General admission includes access to the museum’s collection galleries, featuring art from around the world, spanning 5,000 years of art history. About 1,000 works of art are on view at any time. The museum also offers the Lange Family Experiencenter, an interactive family gallery with activities for all ages. The architecturally significant museum building, which opened in 1930, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For information, visit or call 937-223-4278.