Decorative Arts Center

Admission to Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster is free, but $5/person in groups of 10 or more.

  • Open: Wednesday – Friday from 10am – 4pm, Saturday – Sunday from 1pm – 4pm
  • Location: (Map It) 145 E. Main St. in Lancaster, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-681-1423
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Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.” These are the words of William Morris, 19th-century British craftsman, designer, writer and poet, and founder of the Arts and Craft movement. This movement refers to the efforts of a group of craftsmen, artists, designers, and architects who first aimed to raise the status of the applied arts to that of the fine arts in 1877 in England. Today in Lancaster, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio fosters knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of the American decorative arts and supports the work of present-day Ohio craftsmen and artisans.

In the Gift Shop, which is housed in the original dining room of the Reese-Peters House, visitors can purchase original work by Ohio artists and choose from many kinds of American decorative arts gifts.