A creative and welcoming space
You’ll be inspired by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) even before you step foot into a gallery, maybe before you walk into the building. The Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art is a striking building on the corner of Sixth and Walnut Streets, just a block from Fountain Square in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The Rosenthal Center was designed by the late Zaha Hadid and holds the distinction of being the first U.S. museum designed by a female architect.
Standing outside the building is the CAC’s mascot: Metrobot. The fun and quirky 27-foot robot sculpture welcomes visitors to the center with its video screen and LED ticker. It even has its own Twitter handle: @MetrobotCAC. Perfect for photos!
The lobby is an inviting space with multiple functions. In addition to an information desk, you’ll find tables for working or gathering, a gift shop and a cafe that serves sandwiches, wraps, salads and other fare. Music adds a finishing touch to make this an appealing and convenient hangout spot in downtown Cincinnati.
Opening minds with new ways of thinking
The mission of the CAC is to open minds and to challenge the way people think about the world. You’re in for a treat as you explore three floors of galleries. Exhibitions are on a 3-4-month rotation with about 6-8 exhibitions on display throughout the course of a year.
Creative fun for kids
One place that is always family-friendly is the UnMuseum® on the sixth floor. The UnMuseum® is a fun space to interact with art, to play and to be imaginative. Special exhibitions are commissioned by the CAC with kids in mind, and kids love the Art Lab which is stocked with materials and supplies so they can create their own works of art.
Don’t have kids? No problem. Adult visitors are welcome to visit the UnMuseum® too. It’s open during regular hours with no extra fees.
Be sure to check the CAC’s calendar to find out if any events will be taking place during your visit. The center offers a variety of programs that interest a wide range of visitors: art play, art classes, artist talks, films, performances, and even yoga.