Museum Guide

We have put together a small representation of museums within a half-hour drive of our location, to encourage you to discover and enjoy.  The following museums have been categorized by town for your convenience.  If you have any questions regarding any of these, the phone numbers will be provided with each listing.  Enjoy!

BELLEVUE
Historic Lyme Village  (10 minutes)
Experience the past as you tour the sixteen buildings of this 19th century village.  Tours include an 1800's Victorian mansion, an 1836 farm home, log homes, barns, a one-room school, a general store and more!  Gift shop is located in the visitor’s center.
5001 State Route 4 - Bellevue, OH 44811  -  419-483-4949
Website:  http://www.lymevillage.org

Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum (10 minutes)
Opened in 1976 as a bicentennial project, and the largest of its kind in Ohio, this museum includes several full size engines and cars that visitors can walk through, plus numerous railroading displays.  Wonderful museum for the entire family.
253 South West St., Bellevue, OH 44811  -  419-483-222
Website:  http://www.madrivermuseum.org

CASTALIA  (15 minutes)
Castalia Area Historical Society
Local historical information, artifacts and memorabilia including Margaretta Township, Margaretta School District, both past and present, plus the communities of Castalia, Venice, Vickory, Bay View, Bay Bridge, Crystal Rock and Whites Landing.
208 Lowell St.  -  Castalia, OH  -  419-684-9710

FREMONT  (20 minutes)
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Experience 19th century American life while touring the newly restored 31-room home, two-story museum/library and 25-acre estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.  See the White House's original gates and the burial site of R.B. Hayes.
Speigel Grove (at Hayes and Buckland Avenues)  419-332-2081
Website:  http://www.rbhayes.org

JOHNSON'S ISLAND  ( 30 minutes)  $2.00 Auto Causeway Toll to Island
Originally named Bull’s Island, it was part of a tract of land owned by Epaproditus Bull. When the War of 1812 began, Bull and his family left the area for the safety of Cleveland. Shortly after the the Bull family departed, a group of American militia arrived here from Sandusky and were then ambushed by a scavenging Indians, making this area on the Marblehead Peninsula the first battle site in Ohio during the War of 1812. After the war, Bull's family returned to the area and remained there until 1852.  Johnson’s Island was chosen for a new prison site in the fall of 1861 and the first prisoners arrived in April 1862. In 1990 the island was recognized as a National Historic Landmark for being the only prison designated just for Confederate Officers. Archaeological studies of the site have been ongoing since the late 1990s.
Website:  http://touringohio.com/history/johnson-island.html 
Website:  http://www.civilwar.org/civil-war-discovery-trail/sites/johnson-s-island-cemetery.html

KELLEYS ISLAND (need to take ferry to island)
Kelleys Island Historical Museum exhibits include the Himmelein House, commercial fishing artifacts, Estes school, island churches and wineries, fossils, Indian artifacts and Shays locomotives.
224 Division Street - Kelleys Island  -  419-746-2399
Website:  http://www.kellysislandhistorical.org:

MARBLEHEAD  (30 minutes)
"The Keeper's House"
Built in 1822, this historic house was the residence of the first three keepers of the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes.
9999 E. Bayshore Rd.  -  Marblehead, OH  -  419-798-9339
Website: http://www.keepers.house.com

Marblehead Lighthouse Museum  (30 minute)
The museum displays artifacts, historical photos and other materials which represent the rich and colorful history of the lighthouse and the Marblehead area.
110 Lighthouse Dr.  -  Marblehead, OH  -  419-798-2049
Website:  http://www.marbleheadlighthouseohio.org

MILAN  (15 minutes)
"Edison Birthplace"
No first time visit to the Milan, Ohio area would be complete without a visit to the Thomas Edison birthplace. This meticulously maintained home, which was built in 1842, is Milan's most featured attraction. From this modest beginning came America's greatest inventor. Edison's parents sold the house in 1854 although Edison's sisters, Marian Edison Page, repurchased the home in 1894. Edison so cherished his childhood home that he purchased it from his sister's family  in 1906. The Thomas Edison Birthplace was first opened to the public in 1947 and by 1965 had become a registered National Historic Landmark. The museum features a collection of rare early inventions, documents and family mementos.
9 Edison Dr. (off State Route 113)  -  Milan, OH  -  419-499-2135
Website: http://www.tomedison.org

Milan Museum
Explore Milan's canal and shipbuilding history, interact with toys from the past, and view a renowned glass collection.  It's affordable family fun with special activities for the entire family.
10 Edison Dr. (off State Route 113)  -  Milan, OH  -  419-499-2968
Website:  http://www.milanhistory.org

NORWALK  (15 minute drive)
Firelands Historical Society Museum
Ohio's oldest museum founded in 1858.  Includes the three-story Wickhan house built in 1936 and Laning-Young Research Center.  Exhibits include Native American artifacts, Sloth bones, gun collection, life in a pioneer home, and farm and industry tools.
4 Case Street  -  Norwalk, OH 44857  -  419-668-6038
Website:  http://www.firelandsmuseum.com

PORT CLINTON  (30 minute drive)
Liberty Aviation Museum
Visit the area's newest museum showcasing operational, historical aircraft and vehicles, including "Georgie's Gal" the WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber, U.S. Navy TBM Avenger Bomber, PT-Boats and more.  Witness the restoration of a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and dine in the 1950's era themed Tin Good Diner.
3515 E. State Rd.  -  Port Clinton, OH  -  419-732-0234
Website:  http://www.libertyaviationmuseum.org

OTTAWA COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Enjoy historical displays about Ottawa County.  Exhibits include Native Americans, early life and industries, Matthews Boat Company, Ford Tri-Motor, Lake Erie, military history from the Civil War through WWII, Camp Perry and the "convict ship" Success.
126 W. 3rd Street  -  Port Clinton, OH  -  419-732-2237

PUT-IN-BAY   (need to take ferry to island)
Doller Estate
Experience island life as it was in the 1800's.  Tour the Doller House, home to one of Put-in-Bay's wealthiest and most influential citizens, Valentine Doller.
392 Bayview Ave.  -  Put-in-Bay, OH  -  419-285-3343
Website:  http://www.dollerhouse.com

Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum
Displays include over 65 ship models, the South Bass Island Lighthouse Fresnel lens, island life, Ford Tri-Motor, great hotel eras, and the Battle of Lake Erie, Theatre, research library and bookstore.
25 Town Hall Place  -  Put-In-Bay, OH  419-285-2804
Website:  http://www.leihs.org

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
This 352-ft tall memorial commemorates Oliver Hazard Perry's victory over the British during the War of 1812.  Stop in the visitor's center, featuring displays, a video theater and gift shop.
93 Delaware Ave.  -  Put-in-Bay, OH   419-285-2184
Website:  http://www.nps.gov/pevi

 

SANDUSKY (20 minutes)
Cooke-Dorn House Historic Site
Sandusky is known for its collection of limestone buildings, including this Greek revival.  The three-story mansion features a ruby and cranberry glass collection, antique furnishings, greenhouse and gift shop.
1415 Columbus Ave. - Sandusky, OH  -  419-627-0640
Website:  http://www.oldhouseguild.org

Follett House Museum
Sandusky Library's local history museum, with four floors of exhibits, features Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison Camp, Cedar Point, and the artifacts that shaped local life.
404 Wayne St.  -  Sandusky, OH  419-625-9608
Website:  http://www.sandusky.lib.oh.us

Maritime Museum of Sandusky
Through interactive exhibits, this museum interprets the maritime history of the area including boat-building, shipwrecks, recreational boating, passenger boats, ice harvesting, commercial fishing, wetlands, and Sandusky's Underground Railroad history.  ADA accessible.
125 Meigs St.  -  Sandusky, OH  419-624-0274
Website:  http://www.sanduskymaritime.org

Merry-Go-Round Museum
Be amazed by the unique carousel animals on an indoor display.  Kids of every age can ride the full size antique carousel and watch woodcarvers breathe life into new horses as well as learning about the restoration process.   ADA accessible.
301 Jackson St.  -  Sandusky, OH  -  419-626-6111
Website:  http://www.merrygoroundmusuem.org

Ohio Veterans Home Museum & Johnson's Island Museum
Military history museum featuring memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam and The War on Terrorism (Iraq and Afghanistan).  There is also an exhibit on Johnson's Island and its role in the Civil War.
I.F. Mack Building,  3416 Columbus Ave.  -  Sandusky, OH  -  419-625-2454  ext. 1447

Sandusky Cultural Center
Provides educational and entertaining exhibits that focus on multicultural awareness and complex issues facing our world today.  Visit the center's website for a full schedule.
2130 Hayes Ave.  -  Sandusky, OH  44870  -  419-625-1188
Website:  http://www.sanduskyculturalcenter.org

TIFFIN  (45 minute drive)
American Civil War Museum
Learn about the Civil War in this 10,000 sq. ft. educational facility.  The museum offers exhibits, research library, theater, and a gift shop.  Hands-on activities available for children and visitors.  The museum is located in the historic district of downtown.
217 S. Washington St.  -  Tiffin, OH  -  419-455-9551
Website:  http://www.acwmo.org

Hawks Crystal
A maker of fine quality crystal and glass giftware, awards and trophies. Visitors can watch Mike blowing glass Monday thru Friday from 10am to 5pm. It is fascinating to watch how a gather of molten glass is made into a work of art.
207 South Washington Street  -  Tiffin, OH  -  419-448-4286
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HawkesCrystalTiffin

Tiffin Glass Museum and Shoppe
Offers tours and retails sales of Tiffin Glass and other fine glassware and collectibles.  See a display of original Tiffin Glass produced at the Tiffin Glass Factory from 1889 - 1980.
23, 25-27 S. Washington St.  -  Tiffin, OH  -  419-448-0200
Website:  http://www.tiffinglass.org
















 










 

 

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