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Akron Police Museum

akron-police-museumWelcome to the Akron Police Museum.

  • Tours by appointment only Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center / Mezzanine Level at 217 South High St. in Akron, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-375-2390 (2-3 day notice for group tours is preferred)

The Akron Police Museum features confiscated weapons of all kinds and gambling and narcotics paraphernalia. It also displays counterfeit money and police related accessories, including uniforms and weapons. Hundreds of historic photographs are also available for public viewing. And, the museum has a vintage 1965 Harley-Davidson police motorcycle and keys to the original 1890 jail cell.

American Toy Marble Museum

Welcome to the American Toy Marble Museum in Akron – http://www.americantoymarbles.com/


Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler
by Robert Carpenter

Cleveland pays tribute to Rock and Roll, and Canton has enshrined the game of football, but it’s Akron that holds all the marbles—though hardly bullies of the playground.  They’re eager to share everything there is to know about the little spheres—the simplest of toys—that engender more wistfulness than any plaything in memory.

The history is chronicled at The American Toy Marble Museum which is inside the Akron History Museum at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron.  It’s on the original site of the defunct company bearing the same name, started in 1891 by Sam and A.L. Dyke.  The Dyke philosophy was to put a handful of marbles in the possession of every kid who had a penny.  Certainly they had the capacity.  At it’s peak the company produced an incredible million marbles per day.  Considering their longevity there must be an enormous cache of marbles consigned to attic and basement storage boxes, because today there are relatively few rolling free.

The game is rarely played on school campuses anymore.   It requires a skill long since relegated to antiquity in favor of electronic gimmickry displaying images on Cathode-ray tubes.

At its height of popularity during WWII, the game played down in the dirt of every schoolyard was preferred over all others.  It was traditional, but economically prompted as well.  At a time when many items were either rationed or unavailable, marbles were still cheap and plentiful.

The best recollection of grade school is a scene of grassless level areas inscribed with circles of various diameters to accommodate all ranks of players.  Liberation from the classroom would spawn a dozen or more games at once creating an atmosphere of excitement that rivaled that of any latter-day sport.

It was a time when every boy who valued his worth arrived at school equipped for the game, and hoped to depart with the spoils of victory.

Marbles conferred status.  Some were fortunate enough to buy their initial supply, and others were thankful for prizes from breakfast cereal boxes to seed their entry into the competition.  From there on it was a zero-sum game. If you won, someone else lost, and the larger your collection, the greater your image.  Your accumulation was in constant flux, and carried in a sack—the size being indisputable evidence of your skill. Up to about the fourth grade, the worship bestowed upon the school marbles champ was commensurate to that of a football hero. Knee patches and dirt ground into sometimes-calloused knuckles were badges of honor.

A few girls had their troves as well, but they were rarely interested in playing, instead displaying their collection for aesthetic value.

Most arrived well versed in the game but a few were unfamiliar.  There were loose interpretations of some rules, and the more arbitrary were often settled in a scuffle. Others were adhered to strictly, and ignorance didn’t excuse enforcement.  Those undiscouraged found the competition spirited and initiation unavoidably quick. Some rules like “no hunching,” were never bent.  That meant your first shot couldn’t be from inside the circle. If you didn’t yell “dubs” when scattering more than one marble out of the ring, you couldn’t keep them all. “Knuckle down bony tight” was an admonishment often shouted. No one quite understood the “bony tight” part of the rebuke, but that didn’t prevent liberal use in every game.  And then, of course there was “snatty grabs.”  Everyone quickly learned the meaning of that decree. It was the point at which the game became a contact sport.  When the school bell rang before the game ended, someone yelled the command making it legal to dive into the pot, elbows flying and heads butting, to grab as many of the remaining marbles as you could get away with.

Some marbles were especially attractive, and collections were envied as much for quality as quantity. There were glass marbles, those made of clay, china, porcelain, and rare ones carved from stone. “Cats eyes,” were desirable as were the rich-looking colors and designs that were called “beauties.” The larger sizes were referred to as “boulders,” and the small ones “peawees.” The most valuable were the heavier than normal marbles deemed “shooters.”  Their weight imparted a force that could thrust others from the ring with authority.  Only the most inept left their shooters inside the ring as fair game for the next player.

Although initiated in the 1920’s, national marbles tournaments didn’t flourish until immediately after WWII.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored the tournaments, culminating with the national championship in Atlantic City.

Like most things appealing to youth, the wartime generation eventually put away early pursuits in support of more adult adventures.  But, it was assumed the marbles game would retain its momentum through endless cycles.  However, in the 1970’s interest on a large scale ceased—corresponding with the ushering in of the age of electronics. Sixty years ago no one suspected technology would nearly obliterate a respected pastime of centuries.

In retrospect one thing is clear. Marbles were the most economical and indestructible toys ever invented. The game was character building. It taught fair play and competitiveness at a formative age.  It’s questionable whether any game of the electronic age can claim the same.  One might ask too, if any of the techno-wizards have a clue as to where expressions such as “taking all the marbles,” or  “losing your marbles” came from. It’s doubtful.

By Robert Carpenter
Robert Carpenter was born and raised in the New Philadelphia, Ohio area. He’s a freelance writer presently living in Florida.

Cartoon Library & Museum

cartoon-museum-library-columbusAdmission to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is free.

  • Open: Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm (Closed holidays and between exhibitions)
  • Location: (Map It) Sullivant Hall at Ohio State University on 1813 N High St. in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-292-0538 / Email: cartoons@osu.edu
  • Web: http://cartoons.osu.edu/

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum houses the world’s largest collection of comic strip tear sheets and clippings. It also is home to unique, original art and manuscript materials.

The collection features editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons and magazine cartoons. It holds 300,000 original cartoons, 45,000 books, 67,000 serials (including comic books), 3,000 linear feet of manuscript materials and 2.5 million comic strip clippings and newspaper pages

Akron Fossils & Science Center

Admission to Akron Fossils & Science Center varies so it is recommended to call.

  • Open:  Please call for hours as they change often
  • Location:  (Map It) 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd in Akron, Ohio
  • Phone: (330) 665-DINO (3466)
  • Web: http://www.akronfossils.com/

The Akron Fossils & Science Center features hands-on guided tours and science activities. We present creation science and intelligent design models on the origin and history of life. Our exhibits display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. Pack a lunch and spend time in Truassic Park the outdoor park and playground. General admission includes a guided tour, entrance to Truassic Park, and one zip line ride per eligible rider. Please visit the Akron Fossils & Science Center website for zip line rules and guidelines.

American Sign Museum

american-sign-museum-cincinnatiAdmission to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati is $15/adult, $10/senior and student.

  • When: Open 10am – 4pm Wed – Sat and 12pm – 4pm on Sunday. Guided Tours are provided at 11am and 2pm from Wed Thru Sat and 2pm only on Sunday
  • Location: (Map It) 1330 Monmouth Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-541-6366
  • Web: www.americansignmuseum.org/
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The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati:  This is a unique institution that celebrates the rich tradition of sign-making and sign design. Not only does the museum feature vintage signs, but the materials and tools, salesman’s samples, ad specialties, and more that characterize the sign industry.  Visitors to the museum first enter the lobby or “Sign Garden,” an indoor landscaped display of free-standing and hanging vintage signs.

The main museum has five sections:

  1. A timeline history of the sign industry exhibits the evolution of the three-dimensional letter with samples from 1900 to 1970.
  2. “Signs on Main Street” features a streetscape of four life-size storefronts and offers a backdrop to display period signage, while the store’s windows serve as themed display cabinets.
  3. A memorial tribute to Rick Glawson and the “art of gilding” celebrates
    goldleaf techniques and glass sign decoration.
  4. The entire left side of the museum traces the evolution of the electric sign–from the pre-neon, light bulb era of the turn-of-the-century to the late 1920s; through to
    neon’s heyday of the late 20s through the late 40s; and on into the Post
    WWII era of plastic – with restored vintage signs.
  5. An exhibit on porcelain enamel shows samples of this favorite technique of the late 1930s through the late 1950s.

National Barber Museum & Hall of Fame

national-barber-museum-hall-of-fameAdmission to The National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame is $5/adult, $4/senior and $3/child.

  • Open by appointment only
  • Location: (Map It) Above Rex’s Barber Shop at 2 ½ South High St. in Canal Winchester, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-837-8400 or 614-833-1846
  • Web: Click here

The National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame in Canal Winchester: For not advertising or promoting this Ohio gem, former owner/curator and barber Edwin Jeffers had had visitors from more than 40 states and five countries. The museum is one-of-a-kind. It features 58 barber poles, barber chairs from six eras, re-created barber shops from eras past, hundreds of mugs and razors that are hundreds of years old and blood-letting and tooth-pulling tools that were used long ago when barbers sometimes moonlighted as surgeons and dentists. It’s no wonder Mr. Jeffers had appeared on many cable television shows and a Japanese station.

Bellaire Toy & Plastic Brick Museum

lego-museum-ohioAdmission to the Bellaire Toy & Plastic Brick Museum is $8 per adult and $6 per child, 4 and younger free, $6.00/senior.

The Toy & Plastic Brick Museum is known as the Un-official LEGO Museum located in Bellaire, Ohio. And it is being built one Lego at a time. It is housed in the old Gravel Hill School turned museum. Dan Brown, founder of the Bellaire Historical Society and Toy Museum, boasts to have the world’s largest private Lego collection. Although that may be true, there is one distinction officially proclaimed by the Guinness Book of World Records that cannot be denied – The Bellaire Historic Society and Toy Museum is home of the World’s Largest Lego brick image. The museum now holds many other records such as the largest castle, longest castle wall and there will be more to come in the future such as the one being tried for now by building and breaking the tallest tower made of Lego.

Although originally conceived as a toy museum, the Lego exhibit grew and grew. And GREW! Now instead of a Lego room in the museum, each room has a theme. If you enjoy the sea, there’s an “aqua” room complete with ships built from Lego’s. And there are other rooms like Lion’s Den, a zoo, an old-west town,Star Wars (Has a real life size Darth Vader!), Mars Mission Room you will glow in,and don’t forget Spider man that is life sized.. The last time someone checked it was estimated the total museum brick count exceeded 4 million!

Although Dan Brown has had a hand in creating much of the museum’s displays, he has also been instrumental in acquiring one-of-a-kind pieces. Some of the one-of-a-kind exhibits feature Lego creations that were done for the NBA and Kellogg’s. Throughout the museum are eye-popping masterpieces demonstrating the engineering world of Lego. Some of the astonishing pieces even seem come to life with the use of animatronics such as a working band.  There are fascinating pieces from all over the world, and from artist such as Nathan Sawaya, Brian Korte (Brickworkz) and Dan Brown. There are adult Lego fan made displays as well as displays made by children from all over the world that came for a visit. Check out the map on the second floor that shows where all the visitors came from.

The museum will schedule private tours, as well as motor coaches, schools, churches, scouts and more. Walk through tours are welcomed. Birthday parties, weddings, retirement, red hat parties are all welcomed as well. The Museum does school programs, lectures, and builds. The Museum will do a build, or fun time for a festival, convention, or other.

Bicycle Museum of America

bicycle-museum-of-americaAdmission to the Bicycle Museum of America: General, $3.00; Seniors, $2.00; Students (K-12), $1.00; Under age 6, free; Groups over 15, $1.00 per person. Call for further information on group arrangements. Memberships: Single, $10.00 per year; Family, $20.00 per year.

  • Open – Fall/Winter hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Summer hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 7 West Monroe St. (St. Rt. 274) in New Bremen, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-629-9249
  • Web: www.bicyclemuseum.com/

The Bicycle Museum of America:  The bicycle has to be the world’s most popular vehicle. The Bicycle Museum of America roates over 1,000 bicycles through its displays featuring over 300 at a time. It offers viewers an opportunity to see how it all began. At the museum bicycles are displayed according to eras. See the 1892 Victor, which must have seemed like the Rolls Royce in its time. It sold for $130 – during a time when salaries were generally $18 per month. The museum also offers glimpses of the 1880s high-wheeler designs and the 1886 model of the bicycle-built-for-two.  More modern bicycles, including race models, are displayed. But, let’s not forget the balloon tires of the 1940s and 1950s. New Bremen offers a notable museum in a historic setting.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

boonshoft-museum-dayton-ohioAdmission to Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is $14.50 adults; $12.50 seniors; $11.50 Children 3-17 years old.

  • Open  Mon-Sat from 9am – 5pm and Sun 12-5pm.
  • Location: (Map It) 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-275-7431
  • Web: www.boonshoftmuseum.org/

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton is based on the understanding that science is the process through which we come to understand our world, and that play is the way children do science. We are a place where play and learning come together so that visitors of all ages can explore the wonders of the world. The Museum includes a host of places for adventure – – That Kid’s Playce, the Hall of the Universe, the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater, Oscar Boonshoft Science Central, EcoTrek, the Mead TreeHouse, Bieser Discovery Center, Charles E. Exley, Jr. Wild Ohio Zoo, and two galleries for temporary exhibits – where reality and imagination mix. Adventures are enhanced through real specimens and artifacts from the museum’s collection of 1.4 million items.

Castle Noel Christmas Museum

castle-noelAdmission to Castle Noel in Medina, Ohio is $17/person ($1 discount for seniors and veterans).

  • Open: Year-round. Hours vary per season and days of the week. See website below for current schedule.
  • Location: (Map It) 260 S. Court St. in Medina, Ohio
  • Phone:  330-721-NOEL (6635) or 440-453-5889
  • Web: http://castlenoel.com
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The Castle Noel Christmas Museum in Medina, Ohio:  Hollywood meets Christmas …in an old church in a quaint town. In it is America’s largest year-round indoor Christmas entertainment attraction.  Mark Klaus (It’s all in the name) and his wife, Dana, have created a wonderland. It features authentic props from Hollywood Christmas movies, including Elf, Grinch, Christmas Vacation, and many other holiday classics. It even has Eddy’s infamous RV from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! Other delights are unique structures like Santa’s Squeeze simulating the feeling of going down a chimney.  There’s even a two-story slide coming down Santa Clause Mountain which is a replica of the slide from the movie, A Christmas Story.  There is also Toy Land which allows people to relive childhood by revisiting favorite toys from Christmas’ past. And there’s $2 million worth of stunning Christmas displays from New York City stores.  All this and much more wait your Xmas celebration any time of year.

Central Ohio Fire Museum

central-ohio-fire-museum-columbusAdmission to Central Ohio Fire Museum is $6/adult, $5/senior and $4/child.

  • Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. Group tours by appointment.
  • Location: (Map It) 260 N 4th St. in downtown Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-464-4099
  • Web: CentralOhioFireMuseum

The Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center is an authentically restored 1908 engine house featuring hand-drawn, horse-drawn and early motorized fire apparatus as well as other displays and fire safety education. Educational and Interesting guided tours for visitors of all ages.  Our primary focus is school-age children, with a complete fire station play area.  Free parking and handicapped accessible.

National Ceramic Museum

Welcome to the National Ceramic Museum & Heritage Center in Roseville, Ohio.

  • Call 740-697-7021 for hours and admissions.
  • Location: (Map It) 7327 Ceramic Road N.E. in Roseville, Ohio

The National Ceramic Museum in Roseville, Ohio is a small local museum.  The Roseville, Crooksville, Zanesville and the surrounding region of Ohio is known for having extraordinary pottery.  At the museum, visitors can see exhibits of some classic “old” pottery and some very good “new” pottery.

Chocolate Cafe & Museum

Welcome to the Chocolate Cafe & Museum in Put-In-Bay.

The Chocolate Cafe & Museum in Put-in-Bay:  The café serves coffee, chocolate, and desserts.  The museum inside the store is based on the history behind making chocolate and can be visited while enjoying the collection of antique chocolate collectibles.  In addition to various exhibits, the museum also offers a short video to help educate about the history of chocolate making.

Cincinnati Museum Center

union-terminal-cincinnati-museum-centerThe Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal features the Cincinnati Children’s Museum,  Cincinnati Natural History & Science Museum, Cincinnati History Museum and OMNIMAX.

  • Click here for ticket information
  • Open: Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 1301 Western Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-287-7000 or 800-733-2077
  • Web: www.cincymuseum.org/

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration. As one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest, Cincinnati Museum Center has served as an educational, research and entertainment resource to millions of visitors from around the world. In October of 2009 The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) presented the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Cincinnati Museum Center as one of 10 recipients of the award. The honor is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make “extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions.”

Organizations within Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. These organizations combine to serve more than 1.4 million visitors annually, reaching out to nearly 400,000 young people through hands-on exhibits and programs.

Originally built in 1933 as a train station, Union Terminal stands as one of the last remaining grand-scale Art Deco style railroad terminals. The building is a National Historic Landmark and was renovated and reopened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990. For information, call 1-800-733-2077 or visit www.cincymuseum.org.

The Duke Energy Children’s Museum opened in 1998 and has since consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the world. The museum’s exhibits allow kids to climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. Discover hands-on fun for kids of all ages in our eight educational and dramatic exhibit areas, including two especially designed for preschool age children and younger—Little Sprouts Farm and Kids’ Town. Each year, the Children’s Museum presents over 1,800 hours of programming for children covering topics such as arts, culture, reading, science and more. At the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, fun and learning go hand in hand.

The Museum of Natural History & Science allows visitors to walk through a glacier and step back 19,000 years into the Ice Age of the Ohio Valley. Or explore a re-created Kentucky limestone cave, complete with underground waterfalls, streams, fossils and a live bat colony. Interactive exhibits of the human body, a natural trading post, and migration and extinction complement live demonstrations from gardening to collecting and cleaning fossils to teach how all facets of the natural world interact. And we reached out 20,000th Trader in Nature’s Trading Post! Check it out!

The Cincinnati History Museum opened in 1990 and is one of the largest and most significant urban history museums in the country. The Cincinnati History Museum displays materials and related aspects of the history of Cincinnati and the surrounding region. Permanent exhibits include a re-creation of the Cincinnati Public Landing of the late 1850s, where you can step aboard a 94-foot side-wheel steamboat. The museum also has a large home-front exhibit on World War II and an actual 1940s streetcar. Visitors can also see a model of the city of Cincinnati from 1900s to 1940s with working trains and inclines, as well as interactive computer stations.

Cincinnati Children’s Museum

For Cincinnati Children’s Museum ticket information, click here.

  • Open: Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 1301 Western Avenue in Cincinnati, OH 45203
  • Phone: 513-287-7000 or 800-733-2077
  • Web: Click here

The Duke Energy Children’s Museum in Cincinnati opened in 1998 and has since consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the world. The museum’s exhibits allow kids to climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. Discover hands-on fun for kids of all ages in our eight educational and dramatic exhibit areas, including two especially designed for preschool age children and younger—Little Sprouts Farm and Kids’ Town. Each year, the Children’s Museum presents over 1,800 hours of programming for children covering topics such as arts, culture, reading, science and more. At the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, fun and learning go hand in hand.

Cincinnati Natural History & Science

For Cincinnati Museum of Natural History & Science ticket information, click here.

  • Open: Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 1301 Western Avenue in Cincinnati, OH 45203
  • Phone: 513-287-7000 or 800-733-2077
  • Web: Click here

The Museum of Natural History & Science in Cincinnati allows visitors to walk through a glacier and step back 19,000 years into the Ice Age of the Ohio Valley. Or explore a re-created Kentucky limestone cave, complete with underground waterfalls, streams, fossils and a live bat colony. Interactive exhibits of the human body, a natural trading post, and migration and extinction complement live demonstrations from gardening to collecting and cleaning fossils to teach how all facets of the natural world interact. And we reached out 20,000th Trader in Nature’s Trading Post! Check it out!

Cincinnati History Museum

For Cincinnati History Museum ticket information, click here.

  • Open: Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 1301 Western Avenue in Cincinnati, OH 45203
  • Phone: 513-287-7000 or 800-733-2077
  • Web: Click here

The Cincinnati History Museum opened in 1990 and is one of the largest and most significant urban history museums in the country. The Cincinnati History Museum displays materials and related aspects of the history of Cincinnati and the surrounding region. Permanent exhibits include a re-creation of the Cincinnati Public Landing of the late 1850s, where you can step aboard a 94-foot side-wheel steamboat. The museum also has a large home-front exhibit on World War II and an actual 1940s streetcar. Visitors can also see a model of the city of Cincinnati from 1900s to 1940s with working trains and inclines, as well as interactive computer stations.

Clark Gable Museum, Home, Store

clark-gable-movie-poster-gone-with-the-windAdmission to the Clark Gable Museum, Home and Store is $5.50 adults. $4.75 seniors and $3.25 kids 5-16 years old.

  • Open: March – April & October – November from 10am – 4pm Wednesday thru Friday. May – September from 10am – 4pm Wednesday thru Saturday. June – September from 10am – 4pm Wednesday thru Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 – 4pm. Closed om major holidays.
  • Location: (Map It) 138 Charleston St in Cadiz, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-942-GWTW
  • Web: clarkgablefoundation.com/

The Clark Gable Museum, Home and Store in Cadiz: Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler by Robert Carpenter

The number of people from Ohio who have made outstanding contributions to society is enormous.  The legacies of the famous—and a few infamous—would fill volumes.  A smattering of biographies includes the world’s greatest inventor, numerous titans of industry, the first man on the moon, eight presidents and one king.

The gift of the king didn’t produce the same upshot to the nation’s progress as, for example, the benefaction of Kettering or Edison, but it’s also fair to say that during his reign he influenced the social order of our country more than any man elected to the nation’s highest office.

His humble origins certainly didn’t portend an empire.  Born into the working class, he grew up answering to names such as Willie, Clarkie, and Gabe. He dropped out of school to toil in the oil fields, a tire factory and at farm work. But all of that was forgotten by the time he reached the pinnacle. And no one disputed the anointment of Clark Gable as “King.”

Recalled by many as an overnight success, his career took years of perseverance. As a young man he worked his way west from Ohio with a second-rate theater company—ending in Oregon as a department store tie salesman. It was there he met his first wife and manager—seventeen years his senior—who saw the uncultured but strikingly masculine potential. She had his bad teeth fixed, fortified his chronically undernourished body and coached him in lowering his naturally high-pitched voice before heading for Hollywood in 1923.

Still, the coronation was a long way off. His first venture in Tinseltown met with little success and he retreated to his love of the stage. But in the early Thirties with talkies revolutionizing the arts, Gable was back, transforming the role of the leading man with panache never before seen.

The crowning followed the 1936 movie, It Happened One Night. Ed Sullivan polled readers of his newspaper column resulting in twenty million fans declaring Clark Gable the “King of Hollywood.” Such was his influence, that in correlation to a scene where Gable was bare-chested after doffing his shirt, men’s undershirt sales nationwide went into the dumpster.  He went on to make his best-known film in 1939—Gone With The Wind—one of sixty-seven. Until his death in 1960, he never once abdicated the throne.

Regardless, and atypical of stardom, Gable never forgot from whence he came. He made constant references to his unpretentious Ohio origin, and once told a reporter “Look, I eat, sleep and go to the bathroom just like everybody else.”

It was strange then, that his birthplace of Cadiz, Ohio displayed no acknowledgement of Hollywood’s most famous celebrity. For years the only things existing on the location where he was born in an upstairs apartment, was a garage and flower garden—the house having long since been demolished—hardly proper recognition of royalty.

The inattention ended in 1984 when a group of Cadiz citizens formed the Clark Gable Foundation, raising money to place a monument on the spot where the house once stood. With numerous tourists stopping daily just to stand on what they deemed hallowed ground to take pictures, it was realized that the sovereignty of the foundation’s namesake deserved much more.

Their needs were answered in 1991 when they received a sizeable endowment from longtime Cadiz resident Isabelle Clifford. In 1999 after much research and preparation, the foundation opened the Clark Gable Museum—an authentic reconstruction of the house where William Clark Gable came into the world on February 1, 1901.

Perhaps the lack of homage in Cadiz was due to Gable’s residence only as an infant. His mother died seven months after his birth and his father moved to Hopedale, a small town a few miles to the east. Almost anyone in Hopedale can point out the house where Gable spent his formative years, but it’s a private residence. Other than the stories passed down, the house is the only Gable reminiscence in Hopedale.

Given the past oblivion, the Clark Gable Foundation has made a special effort to honor his beginning in their town. The two-story replica of his birthplace, and a bed and breakfast next door, are decorated in the period of his boyhood. The museum is filled with memorabilia from his early days of southeastern Ohio simplicity through the years of Hollywood glitz.  You can see the sled he rode down the formidable Hopedale hills and the 1954 Cadillac that symbolized success. There is the receipt for $10 charged by the doctor for his delivery that blustery February morning, to collectibles from the height of his career. Time Warner/Turner Entertainment, owner of rights to most of Gable’s movies agreed to provide stills and films. Both of the rooms in the small bed and breakfast are equipped with VCRs and tapes, as well as books in reference to Clark Gable. There are also keepsakes from his best-known wife, (there were five) actress Carole Lombard, and as proof of early interest in the performing arts there is a program listing him, at age nine, as the performer of a duet and solo at the Patton Opera House in Hopedale.

In the past ten years visitors to the museum have come from nearly every state and several foreign countries. Gable’s only son, John Clark Gable (born after his death) and stepdaughter Joan Spreckels, as well as many cast members from his movies, have toured the museum.

Number 138 Charleston Street isn’t and wasn’t befitting of majesty, but it’s a sincere portrayal—and you’re hastened to remember one of Gable’s most unassuming statements:  “This ‘King’ stuff is pure bullshit,” he said.  “I’m just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Sure, every success is attended by a bit of luck, but it takes more than coincidence to be a king.  You be the judge.

COSI Columbus

COSI-ColumbusAdmission to COSI ranges from approximately $14 – 19 per person.

COSI – Center of Science & Industry – is located in downtown, Columbus, Ohio.  COSI Columbus is one of the most respected science centers in the nation serving more than 29 million visitors since 1964. For decades, COSI has continued to create programs and experiences that make science fun, while empowering and engaging visitors through hands-on discovery.

At COSI, you’ll be dazzled, amazed and delighted as your family explores one incredible wonder after another. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout our discovery-based and ten themed exhibition areas including Ocean, Space, Gadgets, Life, little kidspace®, Progress, Adventure, Innovation Showcase, the outdoor Big Science Park and WOSU@COSI. The exhibition areas provide experiences for all age levels to creatively combine science facts and learning through play. Beyond the exhibits, you’ll find COSI’s hair-raising Electrostatic Generator Show, a High-Wire Unicycle, the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, Science 2Go! retail store and the Atomicafe’ restaurant. COSI also hosts world-class traveling exhibitions from other museums throughout the year.

COSI’s groundbreaking, award-winning education programs have touched more than six million teachers and students. These innovative outreach education programs are tailored to support national and statewide science curriculum and standards. Unique programs such as Electronic Education and COSI On Wheels bring science learning to students throughout Ohio and across the country. Camp-In®, an overnight experience for Girl Scouts that began 40 years ago, is now duplicated nationwide.

David Warther Carvings

david-warther-bonhomme-richard-rAdmission to David Warther Carvings in Sugarcreek is $10/adult, $9/seniors, $5/student ages 7 – 18 (ages 1 – 6 are free). Website may have coupons for discounts.

  • When: Open April thru October from 9am to 5pm Monday thru Saturday. Closed Sundays and July 4th. November thru March see website for hours and days open.
  • Location: (Map It) 1775 State Route 39 in Sugarcreek, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-852-6096
  • Web: http://warther.org/

David Warther Carvings in Sugarcreek is a newer attraction located in the center of Ohio’s Amish community. The exhibit features over 80 carvings made by David Warther, a 5th generation carver of Swiss heritage. The carvings created by Warther depict the “ History of the Ship “ from 1st Dynasty Egypt to the present day. Created in miniature from legal antique ivory and ebony wood the details include intricate scrimshaw engraving and finely carved ivory rigging lines that measure just twice the thickness of a human hair. David carves daily in his on-site workshop where he regularly demonstrates carving techniques to the visiting public including his hand filing and sanding technique of making the ivory rigging lines. 

The exhibit consists of five spacious rooms dedicated to different eras of shipbuilding. The Medieval room with its Viking ships is a favorite among visitors as is the Ancient room where ancient Egyptian, Roman, Phoenician and Greek ships convey the story, in David’s beautiful art form, of how ships appeared in these early times. Amish and Mennonite guides conduct lively tours of this interesting and highly educational exhibit. 

David Warther Carvings is an enjoyable place to visit for every member of the family, any season of the year. The hilltop portico and clock tower pavilion with its’ observation deck provide exceptional views and photo options of the neighboring Amish farms in Walnut Valley. The DWC is also home to the DWC Gift Shop that has become an attraction in itself and can be visited separately.

Bainbridge Dental Museum

Admission to the Bainbridge Dental Museum is approximately $5 – 7/person.

  • Open June through August from 12 – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm.  April & May and September & October open only on Saturday from 12 – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm.
  • Location: (Map It) 209 Main Street in Bainbridge, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-634-2228
  • Web: bainbridgedentalmuseum.org/

The Bainbridge Dental Museum in Bainbridge, Ohio is home to 11 very unique exhibits that showcase fascinating, fun, and interactive showcases and artifacts all about dentistry. The National Museum of Dentistry exhibits range from the George Washington Gallery, which uncovers the truth behind the president’s teeth, to MouthPower- an interactive role play and dress-up area of a dentist’s office that teaches kids proper dental care. The museum’s aim is to help all of their visitorscelebrate the heritage and future of dentistry.

Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center ClevelandGeneral admission to the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland ranges from $12 – 15/person. Click here for additional info. Additional for parking at nearby parking garages.

  • Open:  Usually daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Noon – 5pm on Sunday).
  • Location:  (Map It) 601 Erieside Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio (Located between Browns Stadium and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
  • Phone: 216-694-2000
  • Web: www.greatscience.com/

Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center is one of America’s largest interactive science museums.  The Science Center features more than 400 exciting hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, breathtaking OMNIMAX® films, live science demonstrations, special events, and exciting educational programs.  Separate admission for Great Lakes Science Center plus NASA Glenn Visitors Center and the Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX® Theater and Steamship William G. Mather.  Combination tickets are your best value!

History of Time Museum

Admission to the History of Time Museum at the American Watchmaker-Clockmakers Institute is Free.

  • Open Mondays through Fridays by appointment only
  • Location: (Map It) 701 Enterprise Drive in Harrison, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-367-9800
  • Web: www.awci.com/about-us/

The History of Time Museum at the American Watchmaker-Clockmakers Institute:  If you just like to watch time go by, this museum is just the place to do it. It celebrates the art and science of time keeping devices, also known as horology. It has interesting exhibits displayed from rope clocks and sundials to modern-day watches. In addition, there are plenty of pocket-watches, ship chronometers and anything else with a face and hands.

Hopalong Cassidy Museum

Admission/Tours for the Hopalong Cassidy Museum at Scott’s 10th Street Antique Mall range from $2 – 5/person.

  • Open:  Monday – Saturday  10:00am – 5:00pm (Closed January and February)
  • Location: (Map It) Scott’s 10th Street Antique Mall at 127 South 10th St. in Cambridge, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-432-3364
  • Web: http://hoppymuseum.com/

The Hopalong Cassidy Museum at Scott’s 10th Street Antique Mall:  This is the home town of William Boyd a.k.a. Hopalong Cassidy. He went to school here until he was about 14 years old before moving out west. Thousands of Hoppy items are for sale as are several other cowboy items from Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lash LaRue and many others.

Imagination Station

imagination-station-toledoAdmission to Imagination Station in Toledo is $11 for ages 13-64, $9 for ages 3-12 and $10 for ages 65 or older.

  • Open: Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12-5pm. (Closed Mondays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Day)
  • Location: (Map It) One Discovery Way in Toledo, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-244-2674
  • Web: http://imaginationstationtoledo.org/

Imagination Station in Toledo: In an age of technology and everyone trying to get 15 minutes of fame on one screen or another, the LIVE Report! at Imagination Station is like fly paper to flies. This mock television studio makes sportscasters of anyone willing to step in front of the green screen, face the camera and read the teleprompter. Then, on a delay screen, the budding television stars can view their newscast as if they were on location at an area sporting event. Imagine that!

Sticking to the screen theme, enter Simulator Theater. But hold onto your seat. It moves! In fact, it hovers more than 20 feet off the ground facing its riders toward a big screen that sucks everyone into a ride of their life. To put it in perspective, you must be 42 inches or taller for this thrill ride.

Now that the adrenaline is rushing, it’s time to heat up a screen. The Infrared Camera sees the thermal spectrum in colors. Roy G. Biv has never been so cool. Know your science, get the joke. Moving on.

Time to defy gravity.

You too can be a human Yo-Yo so hop up to BOYO. Just add energy and before you know it, you’re bouncing 13 feet into the air. After your body chemistry is grounded again, you just might absorb a science lesson. Imagine that!

Or perhaps while you’re head is still floating, you may want to trust your life to a two-inch cable and take a spin on the High Wire Cycle. No worries, it’s safe. Strap in and pedal away. You’re only 20 feet high with no mat, no net, just hard floor below.

In order to experience these gravity activities and science lessons first-hand, you must be 54 inches or taller.

But there is mind-bending fun for everyone just around the corner.

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it, but in Mind Zone that may be a stretch even for the best of imaginations. Here you’ll discover how we process, interpret and create illusions and perceptions. Are you getting curiouser and curiouser? Then step into a wonderland of learning fun!

Inside the Distorted Gravity room, doors, windows, etc. seem perfectly normal at a glance. But the floor is tilted 25 degrees. And that’s enough to throw off anyone’s perspective!

While your mind is trying to recover from that experience, enter another room where in just a few steps, you can grow big or shrink small depending on which end of the room you stand. Line up with friends and at one end, a person needs to bend over so their head doesn’t hit the ceiling and at the other end a person can wave their hands freely overhead. All those who pass by can see the irregularity on a TV monitor or through peep holes.

Okay, let’s really shake things up and step inside a hurricane. The Hurricane chamber is a simulator that puts you in the middle of windy mayhem. Anyone can step inside and face category 1 winds of up to 95 MPH. But here’s a little-known tip, you may have a chance to withstand the horrific cat-5 hurricane winds of 156 MPH. Just ask!

With that, we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg.

Imagination Station teaches how water, nature’s most powerful resource, works. It’s wet. It’s fun. It’s for everyone. A Science Studio teaches biology, chemistry and physics in ways that won’t be forgotten. The Energy Factory explores our world’s natural resources using stimulating hands-on exhibits. For those who really want to get their hands on science, they can Engineer It! This open-ended discovery process allows you to think it, build it, test it …and do it again. There’s even a little KIDSPACE, complete with story time. It’s a land of make-believe while learning science fundamentals about forces, motion, math and science. Imagine that!

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Admission to Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: Adults $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Children (5-11 years old) $5. Admission prices may vary during special exhibitions.

  • Open: Tuesday thru Sunday from 11am – 5pm (Closes at 9pm on Wed).
  • Location: (Map It) 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-593-0575
  • Web: www.MaltzJewishMuseum.org

MaltzMaltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: An American Story

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage joins an elite group of world-class institutions as a living testament to the courage, conviction and achievements of Cleveland’s Jewish community. The stories of individuals and families – past and present – come to life through state-of-the-art exhibitions, interactives and films, oral histories, photographs and artifacts. The Museum includes The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, an internationally-recognized collection of Judaica, and a special exhibition gallery featuring important exhibitions of national and international acclaim.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is a partnership of The Maltz Family Foundation, the Jewish Community Federation’s Centennial Initiative and The Temple-Tifereth Israel with research support from the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Merry-Go-Round Museum

sandusky-merry-go-round-museum-ohioAdmission to the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky is $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 4-14 years-old and children three and under are free.

  • Open:  Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10am – 5pm Monday thru Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. Off-season closed on Monday and Tuesday. Closed in January. Only open weekends in February.
  • Location: (Map It) 301 Jackson St. in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-626-6111
  • Web: www.merrygoroundmuseum.org/

Sandusky Merry-Go-Round Museum: Take a Ride Into History! Carousel ride is included with admission. Your visit features a guided tour and woodcarvers demonstrations. In addition, there are special events throughout the year and birthday party packages (call for details). ADA compliant.

Motts Military Museum

Admission to Motts Military Museum is  $10/adult $8/senior (62 and over), $5/student and children under 5 are free.

  • Open: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm.
  • Location: (Map It) 5075 S. Hamilton Road in Groveport, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-836-1500
  • Web: mottsmilitarymuseum.org/

The Motts Military Museum’s goal is to preserve, protect and display items from an area of history which is often overlooked and sometimes misunderstood.  Military history was and still is the backbone of American and world historical accounts.  Military conflicts have shaped the makeup of America and the world.  It has established governments, freed people, and overthrown dictators.  Motts Military Museum is unique because it encompasses all periods of military history with all countries in which the United States has been involved.  The museum is committed to telling the stories of the brave military men and women that have served and are still serving this great country allowing us to live in freedom.

Museum of Divine Statues

Admission to the Museum of Divine Statues is $10/person.

The Museum of Divine Statues is inside the former St. Hedwig’s Church. It displays a collection of beautiful statues and other Catholic artifacts. Each piece has been personally restored by the owner, Louis McClung, who has also provided visitors with historical information on each piece. By doing this, he hopes to preserve Catholic history and traditional art. The oldest artifact found in the museum (Our Lady of Perpetual Help) dates all the way back to 1855.

National Heisey Glass Museum

Admission to the National Heisey Glass Museum is $4 per adult; children under 18 and HCA members are free. Groups of 12 or more $2/each.

  • Open: Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. year-round except major holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Location: (Map It) 169 West Church Street in Newark, Ohio in Veteran’s Park at the corner of Sixth & Church Streets
  • Phone: 740-345-2932

The National Heisey Glass Museum:  Owned and operated by the Heisey Collectors of America, Inc. (HCA) since 1974, the National Heisey Glass Museum displays more than 5,000 of glassware and plant memorabilia from the A.H. Heisey & Co. The plant produced high quality, hand-wrought glass in Newark, Ohio from 1896 to 1957. Highly skilled craftsmen produced, cut, and etched glass in many styles and colors. The beauty and superior quality of this glass makes it a highly collectable item.

The Museum is housed in the historic Samuel D. King residence, an 1831 Greek Revival home that was moved to the site in 1973, and an additional wing added in 1993. The Museum Gift Shop offers original Heisey pieces as well as re-issue pieces made from the original Heisey molds.

National Imperial Glass Museum

Admission to the National Imperial Glass Museum is $3.00.

  • Open April through October, Thursday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 3200 Belmont Street in Bellaire, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-671-3971
  • Web: Click here

The National Imperial Glass Museum: On display at the Museum are many fine examples of Imperial glassware. Also, a photo gallery, mould making display and gift shop make a visit a truly educational experience.

National Afro-American Museum

national-afro-american-museumAdmission to the National Afro-American Museum is $6/adult, $5/senior and $3/child (ages 6-17). Closed major holidays.

  • Open: Wednesday through Saturday from 9am – 4pm.
  • Location: (Map It) 1350 Brush Row Road in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-376-4944 or toll free 1-800-752-2603
  • Web: https://www.facebook.com/naamcc

The National Afro-American Museum:  The museum provides African-American history and culture from African origins to the present. It features a permanent exhibit, From Victory To Freedom:Afro-American Life in the Fifties. A small theater inside shows the award-winning Music As a Metaphor, tracing the origins of African-American music from its roots in Africa to the 1950 and includes Gospel, Jazz, BeBop, Classical and protest music. Call the museum for special events and traveling exhibits.

National Construction Equipment Museum

Admission to the National Construction Equipment Museum is $5 per person – large group discounts available.

  • Open to the public year round by appointment only; call ahead 24 hours to set up visit.
  • Location: (Map It) 16623 Liberty Hi Road in Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-352-5616
  • Web: http://www.hcea.net/page-1492170

The National Construction Equipment Museum:  If you like to visit offbeat places, here’s one you won’t want to miss, especially if you have children who like playing in the dirt. Turn north off US Route 6 onto Liberty Hi Road west of Bowling Green and drive 1-1/4 miles. Now, look to your left. There, emerging from the trees like a giraffe foraging for food, you’ll see the tips of two crane booms. A little bit further on, a sign at the head of a long gravel driveway signals that you’ve arrived at the National Construction Equipment Museum, one of NW Ohio’s most unusual attractions.

The NCEM, established by the Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) to preserve the history and equipment of the construction, surface mining and dredging industries, is guaranteed to thrill both junior and adult construction equipment enthusiasts. Be sure to bring your camera.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is the equipment that dots the museum’s thirty acres of land. Don’t worry, though, they haven’t been abandoned. Each piece is waiting patiently for its day (or more likely, months) of attention in the museum workshop, where volunteer enthusiasts from all walks of life spend every Wednesday night and one Sunday a month cleaning, dismantling, fabricating, painting, and restoring donated equipment to its former glory.

Once a machine is finished, it is then moved into the museum, where hulking metal monsters arranged in displays will take you back to childhood days spent in the sandbox. The displays include signs packed with historical information, but you won’t need them if you get the pleasure of a tour conducted by museum archivist Tom Berry. After nine years with the museum, Berry seems to have almost everything at the tip of his tongue, and as he bubbles over with story after story, you can tell he loves what he does.

Although enthusiasts come from all over the world to ooh and ahh over the museum’s contents, the museum isn’t just for sightseers. It has been the venue for several of the HCEA’s international conventions. The museum archives also hold an extensive collection of historical documents, photos, slides, movies, and videos representing over 2,600 companies, including dozens from Ohio (among them Bucyrus-Erie, Euclid, and Marion Power Shovels), providing research material for researchers around the world..

Several things not to miss: the cool wall of advertising signs, both restored and original condition; the glass cabinet full of construction equipment toys and memorabilia in the Office and Archives Building’s lobby; and the guest book, with signatures from visitors as far away as Australia and the UK. If you time it just right, you might even be able to take some pictures of your junior construction equipment enthusiast seated at the controls of one of the machines. However, do be sure to ask for permission first before allowing your children to climb on anything, to avoid injury to both your children and expensive equipment.

Finally, when you get back outdoors, check out the patio, which is made up of bricks and pavers recognizing donors from all over. (My favorite was the one from New Zealand…)  There’s also a pond, so be sure to keep an eye on the little ones.

Excerpt from OhioTraveler eMagazine by Betty Winslow

National First Ladies Library & Museum

Admission to the National First Ladies Library & Museum in Canton is $7.00/adult, $6.00/senior and $5.00/child under age 18.

  • Open 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m., plus Sundays in June, July & August at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday, CLOSED Monday
  • Location: 331 S. Market Ave. in Canton, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-452-0876
  • Web: http://www.firstladies.org/

The National First Ladies Library in Canton is the only museum of its kind and commemorates and showcases the history of First Ladies in America. As a United States National Historic Site, the site features two buildings: the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home and the Education & Research Center, which are a block apart. The Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home was the former home of the wife of U.S. President William McKinley, Ida McKinley, who was also the founder of the National First Ladies Library. The home offers tours of the building that feature history on President McKinley and his wife, pictures other former First Ladies and Victorian Era decorations. In the Education & Research Center, the first floor features a theater for movies and presentation, various exhibits, and a small library room with a collection of books that replicates First Lady Abigail Fillmore’s collection for the first White House Library. And the second floor features the main National First Ladies Library that aims at providing unique and historical information to the  public.

National Museum of Cambridge Glass

Admission to the National Museum of Cambridge Glass is $4/adult; $3/Senior, AAA members or groups of 12 or more;  children under 12 and NCC members are free. 

  • Open: April through October except Easter and July 4; Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Location:  (Map It) 136 South 9th Street in Cambridge, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-432-4245
  • Web: Click here

The National Museum of Cambridge Glass is owned and operated by the National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. (NCC).  It houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of Cambridge Glass, plus the tools, molds and etching plates used to manufacture the glass.  There is something of interest for everyone.  Enjoy the beauty, the history and learn about this highly skilled craft.

The Museum includes dioramas depicting the glass-making process; a dining room appointed with Cambridge glass; the Edna McManus Shepard Education Center where hands-on exhibits are available; and a gift shop featuring genuine Cambridge Glass, limited-edition reproductions, and books on glass collecting. The Museum is accessible to the handicapped and parking is free.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, $8 for kids 3-13 years old.

  • Open: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 4pm)
  • Location: (Map It) 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH‎ 45202
  • Phone: 513-333-7500 or toll-free 877-648-4838
  • Web: http://www.freedomcenter.org/

freedom-center-9iThe National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati pays tribute to the Underground Railroad and all efforts to “abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people.” It features The Slave Pen, a two-story 1830 log structure used to house slaves being shipped to auction; and many other exhibits and films addressing the struggle for freedom. There is also an interactive iPod tour.

Ohio Glass Museum

Admission to the Ohio Glass Museum is $6/adult, $5/senior and $3 per child 6-18 years old.

  • Open: March to October from Tuesday – Sunday 1pm – 4 pm or by appointment (Closed on Monday); November to February from Tuesday – Saturday 1pm -4 pm or by appointment (Closed on Sunday and Monday)
  • Location: (Map It) 124 West Main Street in Lancaster, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-687-0101
  • Web: https://ohioglassmuseum.org/

The Ohio Glass Museum in Lancaster, Ohio:
Excerpt from past edition of OhioTraveler by Robert Carpenter

Here’s a thought you may not have considered: What would we do without glass? A glance around the average household reveals the most common use in windows and doors but also table tops, light bulbs, light fixtures, picture frame glass, table ware, shelves, art items, mirrors, jars, bottles, and that tube that brings us news and entertainment for hours every day—all taken for granted. Attempts at alternatives have been made, of course, but how often have you picked up an item to discover that it’s “only plastic.” Glass is “quality,” and for some things there is no substitute.

Glass was discovered as far back as the Bronze Age and the first manual on glass making is dated 650 B.C.  Yet for all the technology developed in the last half-century there are applications for which nothing exceeds the superiority of this most ancient of manufactured materials.

The history of glass in chronicled in the movie, Born of Fire shown continuously at the Ohio Glass Museum in Lancaster. The museum, established in 2002, documents the science of glass making throughout time, and emphasizes the glass industry in Fairfield County that has been a mainstay of the economy for over 100 years.

It’s hard to imagine a finished material more dissimilar to its ingredients than glass. Although there are minor elements in the mix, normally glass is 75 percent silica. For us laymen that’s sand—the same stuff you scooped and shoveled around in that big box when you were a kid.

Fairfield County is rich in natural resources, and two of the most abundant are sand and the natural gas that provides flames of extraordinarily temperatures to transform silica to a molten state. The glass industry, innately compatible to these resources, resulted in the 2003 State Legislature’s designation of Lancaster the “Pressed Glass Capital” of Ohio.

Through the year there are different themes that are featured such as Milk Glass and Milk Bottles. Regardless of the description, they are related only in material and the fact that both became obsolete decades ago. Those experienced with such simple items as milk bottles never dreamed they would become treasures of archival interest. But they’re one of the items for which we’ve found more efficient construction—meaning cheaper—such as plastic and waxed cardboard. It seems inconceivable that there are people of middle age who have never experienced pouring from one of those cold slippery bottles—one of the most ubiquitous items of the modern age—but, that’s why they’re in museums today.

And they were recyclable long before the word was commonly used. When empty, they were rinsed and taken back to the dairy, or if you were on a route, you put them out for the milkman who exchanged them for full ones. There is hardly a nostalgic note more pleasant than the clank of those bottles at 5 a.m.—knowing that your fresh, cool breakfast milk was waiting at the door. The most common were round quart bottles with small necks and cardboard caps pressed into the opening, but in the museum display you will find every conceivable size and design ever made.

And there is the milk glass exhibit. The most popular was the milky white translucent glass from which it got its name, but it was also manufactured in a variety of colors including blue, pink, yellow, brown and black. Milk glass has been around since the sixteenth century, although it did not acquire the name that is meant to describe its appearance until early in the last century. It came into vogue in the nineteenth century, and French milk glass in particular is highly collectible today.

There was a time when milk glass was a symbol of style and privilege in American homes. Large domestic glass makers such as New England Glass Company, Bryce Brothers and Atterbury & Company were quick to embrace the fashion, and it appears that collectible plates is not the recently conceived industry that some imagine. Most sought after were plates of early American historical figures like George Washington whose picture along with stars of the flag were pressed in relief into plate bottoms. Christopher Columbus was popular as well, and presidential nominees used commemorative plates as part of their campaigns.

Unlike dinnerware that demanded a certain level of functionality, platters were manufactured with extreme decorative effects. The relief, for example on the exceptionally rare Lincoln platters, is so deep they could hardly have been used for anything but ornamental objects. There were other more generic designs that were admired as well and some were not conventionally shaped at all, but formed as ducks, fish and other animals.

There were some companies that made their name and entire reputations on milk glass, but the milk glass fashion trend, like all others, finally came to an end. During the Depression it began to loose its luster and at the end of the ‘50s—about the time milk bottles were phased out, milk glass ceased to be a symbol of status.

Of course its demise, at least after a period, caused it to become more valuable. The whole story can be found currently at the Ohio Glass Museum in Lancaster, and it’s advisable to look closely—that forgotten piece you inherited from Grandma and have tucked way in the back of your upper closet shelf may have gained more that cobwebs and dust.

The museum is located at 124 West Main Street in Lancaster and is complete with a gift shop of service ware and art glass. With holidays coming, you may find that special present you’ve been looking for. The doors are open from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and if you really want to make a day of it, there is a bonus of the Georgian Museum, Sherman House Museum and the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio—all within walking distance. For more information call 740-687-0101.

Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame

Welcome to the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame (wall of fame) at Scioto Downs. Hours vary.

  • Location: (Map It) At Scioto Downs Race Track, at 6000 S. High St. in Columbus, Ohio (two miles south of I-270 on Rt. 23)
  • Phone: 614-491-2515 or Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association at 800-353-6442 for further information
  • Web: http://www.harnessracing.com/

The Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame at Scioto Downs:  The hall of fame is better described as a “wall of fame” at Scioto Downs. The racetrack has offered harness racing for more than 50 years, and now honors people who made it all possible. The display is located about midway into the main level of the clubhouse. Live racing is usually held from early May through mid September.

Ohio River Museum

Admission to the Ohio River Museum is $7 for adults, $3 for children and students all ages, and free for children under five. 

  • Open: May 27- October 31: Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 601 Second Street in Marietta, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-373-3750 or 800-860-0154
  • Web: Click here

The Ohio River Museum in Marietta gives a detailed description of the golden age of the steam boat.  It also gives an educational program about the ecology of the Ohio River system.  The museum features three buildings, the first one offers displays about the origins and natural history of the Ohio River.  The steamboat is the main focus in the second building which offers many steamboat displays along with and educational video on steamboats.  The third building houses displays on the art of boat building along with displays about mussels in the Ohio River and tools and equipment from the steamboat era.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is $20 for adults, $14 for children, and $16 for seniors. 

the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio:  The names are revered. The plays forever etched in the collective memory of football fans everywhere. They are the giants of this game. And to pay homage, you must go to the one place sacred enough to immortalize such heroes; the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is here that childhood memories are revisited, and new ones made. Here, your passion is rekindled and breathtaking moments brought to life. It is here…that legends live.

Enjoy America’s Premier Sports Museum and Showplace.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame is more than a museum -it’s an interactive experience!  Over 83,000 square feet of awe-inspiring exhibits present pro football’s unique story and bring to life words such as courage, skill and dedication.  Interactive exhibits act as windows to the dramatic stories behind the artifacts.

Don’t miss three new galleries, including the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery featuring Super Bowl Theater.  Experience the defining moments of the NFL season and Super Bowl in a wide-screen, surround sound, rotating theater.

Before exiting, don’t miss the 4,000 square-foot Museum Store, shop for yourself or friends and family.  There is something for all fans with merchandise from all 32 NFL teams plus Hall of Fame collectibles.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

Admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland is $20 for adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for children, ages 8 and under are free.

  • Open: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (Wednesdays open till 9 p.m. and from Memorial Day to Labor Day Saturdays are open till 9 p.m. as well.)
  • Location: (Map It) One Key Plaza, 751 Erieside Avenue ● Cleveland, OH 44114
  • Phone: 216-781-ROCK
  • Web: http://www.rockhall.com/

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland:  The Rock Hall houses a number of interactive exhibits, films, videos, and many priceless artifacts used by many of the artists featured in the Hall of Fame.  Not only does the museum have a number of permanent exhibits, but also each year it houses a variety of temporary ones that will sometimes be so large they take up the top two levels of the building.  The museum offers a number of services to the public including concerts, lectures, film series, and teacher education.  The main attraction of the museum, however, is the large number of artists that have been inducted to the Hall of Fame and therefore have their own exhibits at the museum.

Excerpt from past edition of OhioTraveler

If you try to name anything that has had more influence on our culture than the music of the last fifty years you’ll have to think long and hard—and you may still come up with a blank. That’s because it was never a mere evolution. We’re talking revolution—rock and roll, baby—the sound that changed everything. Cynics said it wouldn’t last, but generations later, devotees have manifested their passion with a $92 million, 150,000 square-foot shrine to honor every performer, songwriter, producer, and disc jockey who contributed to this phenomenon of the music world.

And why Cleveland? It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact birthplace of rock and roll, but Cleveland was where the real commitment began.  Every act of consequence made its debut in Cleveland, sometimes on TV, but often in ordinary high school auditoriums. Cleveland was the Mecca—where the new sound gained traction—where rock and roll took on the fuel that blasted it into the stratosphere.

Those of us who were around in the beginning didn’t realize the significance of what we were hearing on Cleveland stations. We sang, danced, and listened to the disc jockeys while the fuddy-duddies said it was only a fad, that it would destroy our hearing, that it was corrupting the youth of America. They didn’t know either that we were at ground zero of a movement that soon swept the country—and then the world. From its inception, rock music has branched off in several directions, but I have to agree with the way Billy Joel summed it up: “Everybody’s talking bout the new sound. Funny, but it’s still Rock and Roll to me.”  That’s the way it’s been for more than five decades and it has never gotten old.

The Hall of Fame Foundation, a nonprofit organization, selected Cleveland as the site in 1986, after being formed three years earlier. Groundbreaking wasn’t until 1993, and the grand opening was in September of 1995. Since that time 7 million visitors have passed under the dual-triangular-shaped glass “tent” that forms the entry façade to a 65,000 square-foot plaza. From the beginning the structure and the exhibits were intended to be of a caliber commensurate to the impact the music has had on society. Architect I. M. Pei, one of the world’s most renowned, said that in designing the building he wanted it to “echo the energy of Rock and Roll.”

Located in downtown’s North Coast Harbor, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame houses more than 55,000 square-feet of exhibition space. All of your old favorites are there, but not all the current artists. Eligibility requires twenty-five years to pass from the time of their first recording. Due to the Rocker lifestyle this means that more than a few are inducted posthumously—but then, what is rock and roll without its excesses.

To date over 225 artists as well as members from the non-performer and early influence categories have been inducted into this temple of Rock greats. They represent careers beginning in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s to those defining the modern sound, demonstrating a miscellany of talent as well as the rich diversity of the music itself.

For example, 2009 inductees include Little Anthony & The Imperials from the early days, heavy metal band Metallica, and Wanda Jackson of rockabilly fame.

The sidemen category includes keyboard player “Spooner” Oldham, best known for his work with Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, along with J.D. Fontana and Bill Black who were drummer and bass player respectively, for Elvis Presley.

Through changing exhibits, the Museum continually offers fresh new experiences from the Rock and Roll past. There are thousands of instruments, costumes, and personal effects such as John Lennon’s passport and green card, and Buddy Holly’s high school diploma. A favorite of sentimentalists is the photo display of George Shuba known as the “Grandfather of Rock and Roll photography.” He not only captured the images of all the early performers but fans as well—teenaged guys in suits and ties, and girls in short cotton dresses and lacquered beehives. Another of the more interesting is Janis Joplin’s Porsche. A few years ago a major car magazine persuaded curators to let them test-drive it around the streets of Cleveland. The little two-seater—heavily abused like everything at the hands of Janis—barely made it back with help.  If only cars could talk.

But there is plenty of talk emanating from three theaters that take visitors on a cinematic journey through Rock and Roll history, plus the live concerts that are scattered throughout the year. Anchoring more than fifty exhibits this year is MOTOWN: The Sound of Young America Turns 50.

Like the music, the displays give a fast-paced trip, chronicling Rock and Roll from one-hit wonders to legendary inductees, from its roots in gospel, country and blues to important music scenes such as Memphis, Detroit and San Francisco. You’re even reminded of political protests against the music and the interplay between fashion and rock. For young, old, or in- between: If you love Rock and Roll you’ve got to go.

The Rock and roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 11 Rock and Roll Boulevard in Cleveland. To plan your visit around special activities, call 216-781-ROCK or 888-764-ROCK or go to www.rockhall.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays). From Memorial Day to Labor Day the museum is also open until 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Adult admission is $22. A Greater Cleveland –area ID gets you in for $18. Seniors pay $17; children (9-12) runs $13, and kids less than 8 get in free.

By Robert Carpenter
Robert Carpenter was born and raised in the New Philadelphia, Ohio area.

Susie’s Museum of Childhood

Admission to Susie’s Museum of Childhood at Bluebird Farm is $2/person.

  • When: April through December Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) Bluebird Farm Estate at 190 Alamo Road in  Carrollton, Ohio
  • Phone 330-627-7980 for reservations

bluebirddollsSusie’s Museum of Childhood at Bluebird Farm:  This museum features a vast range of playthings available to American children from the 1700’s to the present day. The toys are featured in imaginative and colorful displays, and include wooden, wax, china, French and German bisque, mechanical, papier-mâché, composition, and cloth dolls; and stuffed animals and Teddy bears, most notably those manufactured by the German maker Margarete Steiff. Special sections are devoted to some of America’s most beloved and certainly most popular toys – Raggedy Ann and Andy, Shirley Temple, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and all the 1930’s Disneyana! Also a miniature fantasy world awaits you – toy china sets, antique dollhouses, doll-size kitchens, doll and child-size furniture, and a detailed circus filled with both Steiff and Schoenhut circus pieces. Make plans for a whimsical step-back in time. Hopefully, during your visit, you will be happily transported to a world of wonderful childhood memories. Group tours are encouraged and special occasions can be accommodated. Upon request, special programs can be prepared and presented to groups such as doll clubs on topics ranging from Madame Alexander Dolls, Steiff animals, advertising dolls, SUN rubber, Bernard Lipfert, doll designers and antique dolls and toys. Whatever your area of interest, arrangements can be made to discuss it.

The Works

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Admission to The Works is $5/child (2-17 years), $9/adult (18 – 54 years), $7/senior (55+ years) and free for children 2 and younger.

  • Open: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm
  • Location: (Map It) 55 S. 1st St. in Newark, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-349-9277
  • Web: www.attheworks.org 

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & TechnologyExperience more than a museum, at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art, and Technology, central-Ohio’s only destination where you can experience history, art, technology, and glass blowing – all under one roof. Come face-to-face with an Ohio mastodon (and learn his fate!) in The Works’ history exhibits; discover the beautiful work of local artists in The Works’ art gallery; build and race your own race car, or see what’s printing on their 3-D printer, in the interactive science labs; and create your own blown glass with help from a professional glass artist in The Works’ hot glass studio. It’s like visiting four museums for the price of one. Guests can also visit The Works’ restored Ohio-Erie Canal lock, Interurban street car, and refresh in the beautiful courtyard. Visiting The Works is a great family day trip, school field trip destination, or a unique venue for your private or corporate event – from kids’ birthday parties and bridal showers, to corporate retreats. The Works offers activities and programming for kids, teens, families, grown-ups, and educators. Plan your discovery at The Works today!

Warther Museum

Admission to the Warther Museum in Dover, Ohio is $13/adult and $5/student (Ages 7-17), Under 7 is free.

  • Open year round 9-5, closed on New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, & Christmas
  • Location:  (Map It) 1/4 mile off I-77 (exit #83) in Dover, Ohio  is at 331 Karl Ave. in Dover, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-343-7513
  • Web: http://www.warthers.com/
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The Warther Museum in Dover, Ohio:  This world class facility is a fitting tribute to Ernest “Mooney” Warther, World’s Master Carver. Warther created a collection of steam locomotives carved of ebony and ivory which have been appraised as priceless by the Smithsonian Institution. The carvings are displayed in a beautiful Swiss chalet which includes a new theater handcrafted of solid curly maple. You will also experience new displays, and the expanded knife making & wood shop. Freida Warther’s Button House is still a sight to see and in the summer the Swiss gardens are magnificent.

The original Warther Museum opened three generations ago and has blossomed into an attraction which draws visitors from all over the world. The amazing Warther story is presented by knowledgeable guides and enhanced by films that include family photos and movies of Mooney carving in his shop. Some of the new displays show his traveling years, his love of reading, and commando knives made during World War II.

Warther’s grandson Mark is usually in the lobby greeting visitors and carving souvenir wooden pliers for children. Mooney made the pliers famous by placing 10 interconnecting cuts into a block of wood. Mooney’s great grandchildren, Kurt and Karl, currently make the handcrafted Warther kitchen knives. From the knife shop viewing area, you can observe the cutlery and knife blocks being created. The Warther gift shop is the exclusive home of Warther Cutlery.

Wyandot Popcorn Museum

pic-popcorn-webAdmission to the Wyandot Popcorn Museum is $4.00/adult, $3.00 /senior and $1.50/child (ages 6-17). Group rates are $3/person.

  • Open May 1 – October 31 from Wednesdays through Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  And weekends from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in November, December, March & April.
  • Location: (Map It) Heritage Hall at 169 E. Church St. in Marion, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-387-4255
  • Web: http://www.wyandotpopcornmus.com/ 
  • Click here for an article in a past edition of OhioTraveler

Wyandot Popcorn in Marion:  Everybody loves popcorn! Back in the glory days of the vaudeville theatres and movie houses, one of the reasons to go out on the town was to get some popcorn from the popcorn wagon. These beautifully crafted traveling snack machines with their wafting aromas of fresh popcorn and roasted peanuts, were as popular as the theatres they were parked in front of. The Wyandot Popcorn in Marion will take you back to that earlier time with the largest collection of poppers all in one place. Horse-drawn, steam powered, and electric, enjoy your guided tour and watch some of the machines as they pump, turn, and whistle! These priceless wagons date back as far as the turn of the century and have been restored to their original condition. Actor Paul Newman’s antique popcorn wagon, which sat in New York City’s Central Park, is also on display at the museum. All of the classic antique poppers are here – Cretors, Dunbar, Kingery, Holcomb & Hoke, Cracker Jack, Long-Eakin, Excel and more. Even a few homemade one-of-a-kind antiques.

Located inside the Marion Historical Society’s Heritage Hall, admission to the Popcorn Museum includes entry into the Society’s exhibits covering prehistoric times to early life in the Ohio frontier and through the mid-20th century. Heritage Hall itself is worth a visit. The former Marion Post Office, with its colonnaded entrance, high ceilings, and beautiful woodwork is a perfect setting to explore the past.

Cincinnati Police Museum

pic-cincinnati-police-museum-webAdmission & parking to the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum is free.

  • Open for tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10a.m. to 4p.m.
  • Location:  (Map It) 959 W. Eighth Street in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-300-3664
  • Web: http://www.gcphs.com/

The Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum features uniforms, equipment, badges, photographs, artifacts, and other items telling the story of police agencies throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.  Items such as a percussion cap rifle used to quell the Court House riots of 1884 and a modern Taser are on display. Special displays rotate such as FBI and Policewomen exhibits.

Classical Music Hall of Fame

Welcome to the Classical Music Hall of Fame in Cincinnati.

  • Open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 4 West Fourth St. in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-621-3263 or 800-499-3263
  • Web: http://classicalwalkoffame.org/

The Classical Music Hall of Fame in Cincinnati:  Celebrate the history of classical music at this national institution honoring the best of American classical music’s performance artists. It recognizes individuals who have impacted symphonies, orchestras, schools and conservatories both past and present. And it provides recordings for visitors to listen to the works of the Hall’s inductees. In addition, there are many displays of classical music memorabilia, famous instruments, a bugle collection and stained glass from various opera houses.

Cleveland Police Historical Museum

Welcome to the Cleveland Police Historical Museum.

Cleveland Police Historical Museum has a wide variety of arresting displays and artifacts, including death masks, motorcycles, the first call box and case files and police blotters dating back to 1866. Many other photographs and scrapbooks depict chilling notorious crime stories in the area’s history.  In addition, the museum highlights Eliot Ness, weapons, mounted units and a Hall-of-Fame. Another point of interest is the first closed-circuit camera used in banks, which is displayed at the museum.

Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame

Welcome to the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame.

  • Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from Noon – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Closed Wednesdays and Sundays)
  • Location: (Map It) 605 East 222nd Street in  Euclid, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-261-FAME or 866-66POLKA
  • Web: http://www.clevelandstyle.com/

The Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame:  Okay polka lovers, if you haven’t made your pilgrimage to this hall-of-fame, plan on it. Memorabilia from America’s Polka King – Frank Yankovic to turn-of-the-Century artifacts fill the collection at this museum. In addition to Yankovic’s stage outfits and accordion, visitors will see Johnny Vadnal’s accordion and other personal items, video library and dedications to the greatest all-time hits, lifetime achievement honors and pieces from Johnny Pecon and Eddie Habat.

Croatian Heritage Museum

Admission to the Croatian Heritage Museum is free.

  • Open Fridays from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 34900 Lakeshore Blvd. in Eastlake, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-946-2044
  • Web: http://croatianmuseum.com/

The Croatian Heritage Museum represents Croatian-American cultural history and has exhibits promoting appreciation for Croatia descendents. Many traveling collections are also featured at this museum throughout the year.

Glass Heritage Museum

Admission to the Glass Heritage Museum in Fostoria is free.

  • Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. only. March: Thursday through Saturday 10-3. Closed January and February. Other hours by prior arrangement: 419-435-1939 or 419-435-7014
  • Location: (Map It) 109 North Main Street in Fostoria, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-435-5077
  • Web: Click here

The Fostoria Ohio Glass Association Museum:  Fostoria had 13 glass factories from 1887 – 1920. The museum today has more than 1,000 glass artifacts from that period by those companies. The colorful displays feature clear, three-layered and prism colored glass and more. Fostoria provided 60 percent of all manufactured kerosene lamps in America once upon a time. These included large, small and multi-colored models. Another attraction is the tableware displayed at the museum.

Hoover Historical Center

hoover-historicalAdmission to Hoover Historical Center is free.

  • Tours are hourly at 1pm, 2pm, 3.pm and 4pm Thursday – Saturday from March through October. Advance reservations available for groups of 8 or more and a.m. reservations available Monday – Friday
  • Location: (Map It) 1875 East Maple Street in North Canton, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-490-7435
  • Web: Click here

The Hoover Historical Center:  A vibrant part of Walsh University, the story of the Hoover legacy unfolds in the Victorian Italianate-style farmhouse at the Hoover Historical Center. This small museum preserves the history of the invention and development of a household product that made a huge impact on housecleaning.

The “Sweeping Changes” chronological display provides a unique walk down memory lane in the boyhood home of William “Boss” Hoover, founder of The Hoover Company. Amid Victorian elegance, visitors view vintage vacuums, advertisements, ladies’ fashions, home décor, and war memorabilia. Interactives are available throughout the tour. Herb gardens enhance the grounds.

The Center offers a variety of programs that have grown to become favored traditions in the community:

  • An 1860s base ball team, the Hoover Sweepers, play from May – September, with home matches played at Hoover Park. Visit www.hooversweepers.com for current schedule.
  • Outdoor storytelling each summer by some of the area’s best storytellers.
  • An annual Christmas Open House includes Santa & Mrs. Claus, live holiday music and a Christmas tree in every display room. Horse-drawn wagon rides and Christmas caroling through Hoover Park are part of the agenda.

The Hoover name is known around the globe. The unique history of the Hoover family and business are preserved and shared on the Hoover family homestead.

Knox County Agricultural Museum

The Knox County Agricultural Museum is open by appointment only.

The Knox County Agricultural Museum:  This agricultural museum captures Ohio farm-life during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It has more than 3,000 pieces exhibited, including household items, farming tools and machinery, a one-room schoolhouse and a log house.

Mansfield Fire Museum

Admission to the Mansfield Fire Museum is free.

  • Open June 1st through September 1st Saturdays through Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from September to June on Saturdays and Sundays only from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 1265 West Fourth Street in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-529-2573

The Mansfield Fire Museum itself is a reproduction of a turn-of-the-century firehouse where firefighters hitched their fire-wagons to horses. The museum opens the window to a fascinating history of firefighting and the people, tools and lifestyle of these brave public servants. Visitors will feel as if they took a step back into time.

Dittrick Museum of Medical History

& Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception

  • Open Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. only
  • Location: (Map It) Third Floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library at 11000 Euclid Avenue (at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-368-3648
  • Web: http://artsci.case.edu/Dittrick/
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The Dittrick Museum of Medical History, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, will make visitors marvel at the medical advancements made or have a coronary to think how archaic today’s medical devices may look to future generations. The collection has more than 10,000 images and 60,000 rare books and museum objects. Artifacts displayed represent medical history from 1800 through 1965 and include items such as a 1952 infant respirator, 1928 X-ray machine, 1861 amputating set, 1882 antiseptic sprayer, 1890 surgical chair and much more. The museum’s displays  also include an 1870’s and 1930’s doctors’ offices, 1880’s pharmacy and hospital medicines from 1865 – 1920.  The museum is now home to the Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception, the world’s most comprehensive collection of hisoric contraceptive devices.

Museum of Postal History

The Museum of Postal History is open to groups by appointment.

Museum of Postal History:  Here, visitors can see a 1906 Harrington Rural Mail Coach and see additional displays covering some 7,000 square feet. It includes memorabilia and media presentations regarding the progress made in American mail history. Stamps, letters and postmarks are just some of what’s here. Other highlights include a research library and films available in a mini-theater.

Ohio Craft Museum

Admission to the Ohio Craft Museum is free.

  • Open:  Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Weekend hours are only during exhibition dates.
  • Location: (Map It) 1665 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-486-4402
  • web: http://ohiocraft.org/

The Ohio Craft Museum’s exhibitions features Contemporary American Crafts Artwork. It includes displays of works created in ceramics, glass, wood, fiber and metal. Exhibitions feature Contemporary Fine Craft by American artists as well as international artists.

Ohio Society of Military History

Admission to the Ohio Society of Military History is free.

  • Open Wednesday through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 316 Lincoln Way East in Massilon, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-832-5553
  • Web: ohiomilitarymuseum.com/

The Ohio Society of Military History in Massilon:  This museum honors the men and women who served and fought in our nation’s armed forces. It features many old uniforms, historic documents, prestigious medals and interesting photographs. The memorabilia covers all periods of Ohio’s military history. In addition, it is home to the memorial honoring First Lieutenant Sharon A. Lane, who died on June 8, 1969 in Vietnam.

Ohio Veterans Museum & Hall of Fame

Admission to the Ohio Veterans Museum & Hall of Fame is free (donations accepted.

  • Open: Saturday through Wednesday 10:00 A.M. to 4 P.M. or by appointment to individuals, families, and for group tours.
  • Location: (Map It) Johnson’s Island in the Marblehead area near Sandusky, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-625-2454, extension 1447

The Ohio Veterans Museum & Hall of Fame: Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler by Sandy Zeigler, Travel Journalist

Do you know where thousands of Confederate Civil War prisoners were sent? Ohio. Nestled up near Sandusky, Ohio, along with tourist attractions like Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay, Wild Animal Safari, and Wolf Lodge is another special place.  We were shocked when we “happened upon” a cemetery for Confederate prisoners.

Driving in an area about three miles from Sandusky, we came to a small bridge which allowed our entrance onto another area called Johnson’s Island. Curious as to what was on this island, we inserted the mandatory two dollars at the tollgate, which allowed the crossbar to rise, and our entry onto the island was permitted. Continuing for a short distance from the causeway, we spotted a small cemetery. Stopping, we read signs which indicated that this was the location of a former Prison Camp for Confederate soldiers who had been captured during the Civil War. I learned afterwards that this was the only camp designated for captured Confederate officers. There were also prisoners held there who were non-commissioned Confederate officers, as well as a few Union soldiers who had been charged with desertion or other war crimes.

During the period of operation from April 1862 through September 1865, about 10,000 prisoners were incarcerated at the POW Camp on Johnson’s Island. In spite of that large number, according to records only 267 people died. Their deaths were attributed mainly to the harsh Ohio winter weather, food and fuel shortages, and diseases. The many rows of gravestones that we spotted marked the final resting places for 206 of the deceased. Some of the soldiers who died at the prison were taken elsewhere for burial, and it is believed that there are additional graves in this cemetery which are not marked.

As we walked the cemetery and looked at gravestones, we read the deceased soldiers’ names, ranks, company numbers, and their company’s locations, which included the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Our hearts were saddened even more when we came to tombstones which read “Unknown Soldier.”

In May 1890, wooden grave markers were replaced with the current Georgia marble tombstones. Concerned citizens in Georgia raised the necessary money for this to be accomplished.

Besides the gravestones, there are three other monuments in the cemetery. The largest monument, the “Bronze Monument to Confederate Soldiers on Johnson’s Island,” was added to this setting with its dedication in 1910. This very impressive tribute was placed at the rear of the cemetery. Two additional monuments were dedicated on June 21, 2003. These two show additional information concerning those buried in this cemetery.

This sacred burial ground is the only part of the original POW Depot that is open to the public. The area where the actual prison was once located is being excavated for additional clues concerning this Civil War Prison.

In the summer of 2001, the Johnson’s Island Museum was opened as an attempt to publicly share artifacts from the Prison Camp on Johnson’s Island. Because of lack of space for these materials, the Johnson’s Island artifacts were moved and are currently on display for public viewing in the Ohio Veterans Home Museum in Sandusky, Ohio. This display includes letters and other items from private collections regarding the Civil War POW Depot, information on the attempt to change the island into “Pleasure Resorts,” and the quarrying business that occurred on the island.

The Ohio Veterans Home Museum and Hall of Fame is located on State Route 250 just before the city limits to Sandusky. The Hall of Fame was not established as a military hall of fame, but instead it was intended as a place for recognition of veterans who had served honorably and continued to serve their country with lifetime accomplishments. The museum is housed in the Isaac Foster Mack Building on the Ohio Veterans Home Grounds. The other archives there are divided into “War Rooms” which include artifacts for each of the different wars and conflicts from the Civil War to present times. The museum is open Saturday through Wednesday 10:00 A.M. to 4 P.M. or by appointment to individuals, families, and for group tours. Group tour reservations can be made by calling 419-625-2454, extension 1447. There is no charge to view the museum, although a donation box is available for those who want to contribute.

To go to Johnson’s Island, exit at the SR 269 exit ramp, follow the ramp and bear to the right (South) onto SR 269. The first intersection will be Bayshore Road. Turn left (East) onto Bayshore and travel East 5.9 miles to Gaydos Drive. (Before reaching Gaydos, be careful to remain on Bayshore Road as it bears right (East) while Hartshorn Rd. goes straight (North). Turn right (South) onto Gaydos and drive to the tollgate and causeway to the island. Once on the island, proceed straight after stopping at the four-way intersection. The Confederate cemetery is a short distance on the left (East) side. Please remember to bring $2.00 (payable by either dollars or quarters) to pay the toll to the island.

To go to the Johnson’s Island Museum (from Johnson’s Island / Marblehead area); take Ohio State Route 2 East to Sandusky. Exit at US 250 (Cedar Point) and go North toward Sandusky 1.9 miles. The Ohio Veterans Home is on the left (West). Enter US 250 gate and proceed to the I.F. Mack Building (large building across from flag pole).

Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame

Admission to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame is free.

  • Open 8:30 – 4:30 Monday – Friday
  • Location: (Map It) 274 E. First Avenue, Suite 300 in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-466-3847
  • Email: lhengst@ohioana.org or bpoley@ohioana.org
  • Contact: Linda R. Hengst, Executive Director, Ohioana or Beth Poley, Office Manager, Ohioana
  • Web: click here

The Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1978 to honor and publicly recognize the outstanding contributions by Ohio’s women throughout the state’s history. The Hall currently has 365 inductees. It is a very inspirational exhibit for anyone, but especially for women and young ladies. The Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame is run by the Ohioana Library Association through a contract with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  For more information, please visitwww.ohioana.org. For a searchable database of the current OWHF members, please click here.

Orton Geological Museum

Admission to the Orton Geological Museum is free.

  • Open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) Orton Hall on Ohio State University’s main campus at 155 S. Oval in Columbus, OH 43210
  • Phone: 614-292-6896
  • Web: https://ortongeologicalmuseum.osu.edu/

The Orton Geological Museum: Some may think of this museum as Ohio’s little Jurassic Park. After all, it features a full-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex scull, skeleton of a giant ground sloth and teeth from a Mastodon and Mammoth. But that’s only the beginning. Visitors will find other eye-opening exhibits such as fluorescent minerals, crystals, fossils and a meteorite that fell in Ohio. Tell the kids your going to a museum of Ohio’s “rock” history and open the fascinating world of geology to them. Tours are available for groups with prior arrangement.

Pencil Sharpener Museum

Welcome to Pencil Sharpener Museum at the visitors center at  Hocking Hills in Logan, Ohio: Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler by Beverly Johnston

It’s an early spring day and my husband and I are out for a Sunday drive. Trying to stay on back roads only.  We venture through Vinton county and into Hocking, and then on  to, oh never mind you get the drift. We are in southeast Ohio. We pass a sign that says, Pencil Sharpener Museum. “I wonder what that’s all about” I say.  My husband pauses and replies, “There was a phone number on the sign”.  We make a quick turn around for that number.

A couple of weeks later, I pick up the phone and dial. “Is this the Pencil Sharpener Museum?”  “It is”, replied the lady on the other end. “Just one minute I’ll let you speak to my husband Paul”.  I introduce myself, and ask Paul if I can come to see his museum. “Sure, just let me know when”, he said with enthusiasm, like a child wanting to ride a bike for the first time. Arrangements were made and a time was set. I was off to see my first Pencil Sharpener Museum.

I drove south on State Route 33,(my husband says it’s east, but we all know men and women usually understand directions differently), I went into Nelsonville, OH, the home of The Rocky Boot Outlet Store, and The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, and turned left at the 278 junction. Carbon Hill, that’s the location of the famous sharpener museum. “Here we are”, I tell myself. My curiosity is piqued, so many questions to ask.

I knock on the door, a gentleman in his retirement years answers. “Are you Paul, Paul Johnson”? “Yes, step on in here”.

I make my introduction and we head out to the museum. Stepping inside, “My what  a large collection you have“,(spoken like little red riding hood). Instantly his eyes lit up and the words started to roll.

“The whole thing started with two metal cars, my wife bought for me as a gift in 1989”. “Little did she know I would take off running with the idea.” “I now have over 3000 different sharpeners, with NO duplicates in here.”  “Duplicates are used for my mobile collection.” Paul retired in 1988 thus a hobby was needed, the pencil sharpeners came at the perfect time.

Paul continued with his story saying how he is still collecting, showing me some of his favorite ones like the smallest one in his collection,(which is, he thinks the oldest also), a sharpener about ¾ inch long that has its own snapping leather case.  He also pointed out the wooden old crank phone sharpener, one of his favorites. The collection used to be displayed in the house, but it out grew the space and Da-Da the museum was built.

“Paul where do you find all these”?

“Oh everywhere, Wal Mart, K Mart, just stores most of them.” A smile crept on his face and a chuckle filled the air as he remembered telling his wife, Charlotte, one school shopping season, “I might have to knock down a few kids to get a sharpener from the school supply section today”. He has several sharpeners

that people have given to him. Heck, if I find one he doesn’t have I’ll probably give him one too.

I gazed with awe at all the variety of shapes and sizes. Paul was proud to share with me that he has a metal sharpener in the shape of the Twin Towers. (Now that’s a collector’s item for sure). My favorites, the monster that burps after he eats the shavings off your pencil, and the souvenir skateboard sharpener Paul gave me.

People from different areas come to see Paul’s collection. His says the winters are slow, but so far this spring(early June) he’s already had about twenty visitors. Why does Paul continue to collect, I wondered the same thing.

His answer, “It’s interesting, I like the attention it gets, and it keeps my mind SHARP”.

Paul shared his knowledge about some of the sharpeners, where they came from, how he got them, and if they were a gift or a purchase. He told of different regions of which he had gotten a few, places like Venezuela, England, Spain, and even Bulgaria. I was swirling in all the information he was so eager to share.

With an invitation to retreat to the screened in porch with a swing and some chairs, I followed him to the coolness of the shade and gentle breeze that drifted through. Feeling welcome, as though I were visiting my gramps on a Sunday afternoon, we sat on the porch engaged in conversation for the longest time. Charlotte took a seat on the swing and chimed in on the visit. Telling me how she’s just glad that Paul has the museum to help occupy him, and that he has always been a social person, so the visitors are good for him.

During our visit, I learned that Paul will be 82 this summer. This led me to wonder what will happen to the collection when…Paul said, “My kids ask what about your collection when you…, and I just tell them, I’m taking it with me”. Sadness filled my heart, but only for a moment, until the laughter began.

This has to be the most relaxing and social museum I’ve ever visited. Not only was the collection interesting, but so was Paul and his wife Charlotte. I finished my visit by asking if I could take some photos of them and the museum.   Captured, a memory for a lifetime. The smiling faces of the proud owners of the Pencil Sharpener Museum.

If you’d like to meet Paul and Charlotte, and visit this unique museum, they ask that you please call ahead to make arrangements. They also want everyone to know that admission is FREE and donations are NOT accepted. They are just happy to share and enjoy the company. I hope that you take time and get to know these beautiful people, I did and I came away inspired.

  • The Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center is located at 13178 State Route 664 South, Logan, Ohio, 43138. Phone 1-800-HOCKING for more information.
  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway – www.hvsr.com – 1800 967-7834.
  • Rocky Boots Outlet – www.rockyboots.com – 740 753-3130.

By  Beverly Johnston

Marietta Soda Museum

The Marietta Soda Museum was formerly known as Butch’s Coca-Cola Museum. Admission is free.

The Marietta Soda Museum:  Seeing the history of Coca-Cola and all kinds of Coke memorabilia through the ages is like traveling through American history and “pop” culture. The collection of Coca-Cola artifacts amassed by Butch Badgett is a site to see. Butch’s father handcrafted many of the unique Cola items found in the Cola shop from wood. The museum features many collectibles such as dolls, carry-on airline coolers, billfolds, aluminum bottle carrier, signs, tins, dinner ware, machines, clothing and just about anything else you could imagine from the 1920s to present.

Spirit of ’76 Museum

Admission to the Spirit of ’76 Museum is free.

  • Open from April 1 through October 31 on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. by appointment
  • Location: (Map It) 201 N. Main St. in Wellington, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-647-4367
  • Web: http://thespiritof76museum.org/

The Spirit of ’76 Museum:  Come see the celebrated history of painter Archibald Willard, artist of the famous “Spirit of ’76.” This painting is considered by many to be the nation’s most inspirational painting of all-time. Willard spent most of his life painting in northeastern Ohio. In 1875, influenced by the death of his father, he decided to do the very serious piece depicting the American Revolutionary, which became famous. In addition to the many paintings by Willard, the museum contains Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts.

Stengel True Museum

The Stengel True Museum is open by appointment.

The Stengel True Museum:  This museum home was built in 1864. It features firearm collections from the Revolutionary War, Civil War and other wars. It also displays Indian artifacts, pottery and glassware, a collection of primitive light fixtures, antique clocks and children’s toys. The interior of the home includes ornate architecture such as the fine Italian marble fireplace. In general, the museum has a very fine collection of antiques.

Telephone Museum – James Thomas

Admission to the James Thomas Telephone Museum is free.

  • Open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 68 East Main Street in Chillicothe, Ohio  inside the Horizon Chillicothe Telephone Office Building
  • Phone: 740-772-8200

James Thomas Telephone Museum:  James M. Thomas pioneered the non-Bell independent telephone industry and this museum is dedicated to his accomplishments. It features a wooden underground conduit, which contained early Western Union cables that ran beneath the streets of Chillicothe. And an old switchboard, phone directories as early as 1897 and many other telephone equipment displays.

The Buckeye Telephone Museum

Admission to The Buckeye Telephone Museum is free.

  • Open by appointment
  • Location: (Map It) CWA Union Hall at 581 Bellefontaine Avenue in Marion, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-947-8676 or 800-371-6688

The Buckeye Telephone Museum:  With the  Clare E. Williams Telephone Museum Association, a volunteer group of telephone retirees and employees worked to preserve the telephone industry’s history. The public museum display will keep alive memory of the items that made the telephone industry what it is today. Many items have been donated from local telephone companies from years as service and system changes. View various open wire insulators, operator switchboards, wall mounted magneto crank phones, maps, phonebooks, testing gear and much more.

Tiffin Glass Museum

Admission to the Tiffin Glass Museum is free.

  • Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 25 South Washington St. in Tiffin, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-448-0200
  • Web: http://www.tiffinglass.org/

The Tiffin Glass Museum: The Tiffin Glass Club honors the heritage of Tiffin’s Glass House by exhibiting 2,000 pieces of Tiffin glass at the museum to preserve the town and glass company heritage. The factory ran from 1889 to 1984. The museum features memorabilia, historic documents, popular Tiffin Glass lines, stemware, lamps, optics and more. The items are displayed in chronological order in beautiful wood cabinets.

Toledo Firefighters Museum

Admission to the Toledo Firefighters Museum is free.

The Toledo Firefighters Museum:  This museum will provide its visitors an opportunity to learn about fire safety and experience Toledo firefighting history. It features the uniforms and equipment used by the earliest firefighters as well as vintage pumpers.

Ukranian Museum and Archives

Admission to the Ukranian Museum and Archives is free.

The Ukranian Museum and Archives in Cleveland:  Ukranians and others have come from all around to attend events and see the museum and archives dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Ukraine. One of the most popular displays in the museum is the Easter eggs or pysanky. The books and periodical section of the museum’s archives cover a vast range of topics spanning Ukranian prehistory to modern headlines around the world.

Whitney Store Museum

Admission to the Whitney Store Museum at the Newell K. Whitney General Store is free.

The Whitney Store Museum at the Newell K. Whitney General Store:  Okay, so you’ve been to Cracker Barrel, but this is a truly authentic restored 1830s country store and post office. It features more than a thousand items and replicas of merchandise that lured shoppers more than 150 years ago. Whitney’s General Store was the very first store in the Kirtland region.

Ye Olde Mill Ice Cream Museum

Admission to the Ice Cream Museum at Ye Olde Mill and Velvet Ice Cream Company is free.

  • Open May – October (call for hours)
  • Location: (Map It) 11324 Mt. Vernon Rd. in Utica, Ohio
  • Phone: 800-589-5000
  • Web: www.velveticecream.com
  • Visitors Center with hourly tours
  • Ohio’s only ice cream museum
  • Ice cream production viewing gallery
  • 1817 Ice Cream Parlor
  • The Mill Room Restaurant
  • Gift shop
  • Weekend family entertainment
  • Picnic park and shelter houses
  • Children’s playground
  • Nature trails
  • Farm animal petting zoo
  • Buckeye tree grove

The Ice Cream Museum at Ye Olde Mill and Velvet Ice Cream Company:  Each year, Ye Olde Mill attracts 150,000 nature and ice cream enthusiasts from all over the country. Ye Olde Mill, on 20 picturesque acres nestled in the gently rolling hills and forests of lovely Licking County, is the perfect spot for family fun, reunions, weddings, and more.

The restaurant can accommodate large groups for any occasion. For group reservations, contact Guest Relations at 740-892-3921 or 800-589-5000.


Ye Olde Mill features Ohio’s only ice cream museum, an 1817 Ice Cream Parlor, The Mill Room Restaurant, and gift shop. The Velvet adventure begins with the Visitors Center, built to resemble Grandpa Dager’s old milking parlor, which offers hourly tours of the Mill and museum, along with observation of the Velvet Ice Cream factory at work.  Outside, the adventure continues with the Visitors Center’s livestock barnyard, children’s farm animal petting zoo, and scenic natural trails and picnic grounds.

Open May to October: Call for hours

Mill Room Restaurant, Ye Olde Mill, Ice Cream Museum, and 1817 Ice Cream Parlor

May 11am – 6pm.  June, July, August 11am – 8pm.  September 11am – 7pm.  October 11am – 6pm.

Tours of Ye Olde Mill and Factory

Weekdays: 11 am to 3 pm on the hour

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