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Ohio Museums to Visit on National Museum Day

Check out these museums during Smithsonian Magazine's annual Museum Day!

Massillon Museum in Stark County

Ohio Museums to Visit on National Museum Day

By Roxy Mazzarella-Reminick

Posted On: Sep 13, 2022

Smithsonian Magazine is hosting annual Museum Day, offering free entry to participating museums on Saturday, September 17. Be sure to print off your Museum Day ticket, which includes admission for two guests. Take a trip and visit one of these 17 participating Ohio museums!

exhibit of industrial workers at The Works museum in Newark Ohio

Central

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology** – Preserving Licking County's industrial past was the original vision for The Works. This Newark spot is now an interactive learning center for all ages.

two women looking at wall of framed photographic prints at the wood county museum in ohio

Northwest

Wood County Museum – The 51-acre site that Wood County Museum in Bowling Green sits on is made up of several buildings, herb gardens and so much more. 

family watching demonstration at the david warther carvings museum in sugarcreek ohio
David Warther Carvings Museum in Sugarcreek

Northeast 

Cleveland History Center** – Old cars, historic mansions, and heritage of the Western Reserve are all on display at Cleveland History Center. Which happens to be the headquarters for the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS).

David Warther Carvings – Anyone interested in Maritime Art and wood carving should visit this museum in Sugarcreek. And take home a knife from the gift shop!

Fort Laurens Museum – Head to Dover in Tuscarawas County and learn about this site's connection to the Revolutionary War. 

Historic Zoar Village – In 1817, German Separatists created a community in Southeast Ohio's Zoar Village. Now you can tour the buildings and walk the grounds. 

Hower House Museum – See what life was like when you visit the Hower House Museum. This Victorian mansion in Akron stands a perfect example of the style and aesthetic of the period. 

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage – Beachwood's Maltz Museum (near Cleveland) is for anyone interested in the history of the area, the role diversity plays in America, and the connection of the human experience.

Massillon Museum* – Experience artistic history before you even enter this museum. The art and history's current home is a 1931 art deco building. 

The National Museum of Psychology** –  Opened in 2018 at The University of Akron, the museum displays the role of psychology as a science, profession, and point of social change. 

Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum – Operated by the Dover Historical Society, this 19th century mansion was the former residence of industrialist Jeremiah E. Reeves. Tour this turn-of-the-century site and take in original furniture and antiques. 

Sauder Village – In Archbold, history comes alive at Sauder Village. As Ohio's largest living-history destination, you'll be stepping right into the past! 

girl reading pamphlet at the harriet beecher stowe house in cinncinati ohio
Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati 

Southwest 

Cincinnati Museum Center** –  For 200 years, CMC (which includes Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and The Children's Museum) has showcased millions of works. Inside the art deco train station of Union Terminal, even the building itself is a must-see! 

Harmon Museum and Art Gallery** – Inside this Lebanon museum, you'll find four art galleries, historical artifacts, textile collection, Shaker objects, research library, and even a recreated 1800s town square

Harriet Beecher Stowe House – A must-see when visiting Cincinnati, the Stowe House lets you experience the life of this notable author. 

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center** – The Freedom Center in Cincinnati offers exhibits and artifacts that represent the journey of enslaved peoples to freedom. 

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center – Located in Cincinnati, the center strives to educate and remember victims of the Holocaust.  

For more museums and arts & culture, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

*Free Everyday
**Smithsonian Affiliate Museum 

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