Cowan Pottery Museum

Admission to Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library
is free.

  • Open Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m; Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sundays during the school year from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) Rocky River Public Library at 1600 Hampton Road in Rocky River, Ohio (ten miles west of downtown Cleveland)
  • Curator, Carol Jacobs
  • Phone: 440-333-7610  (library), 440-895-3763 (museum)
  • Web:

Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library has more than 1,200 pieces of R. Guy Cowan and other artists, the largest publicly-owned Cowan collection in the world. It is significant in American cultural history because it bridged a transition from the arts and crafts movement to the modernist or art deco movement. Cowan pottery was produced between 1912 and 1931 first in Lakewood, Ohio and then in Rocky River, Ohio. The museum opened in 1978 with a collection of 800 pieces purchased from private collector John Brodbeck.