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/ 
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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.

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