Museums in Ashland


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  • Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society
    Mansfield Reformatory has two histories: one that started in 1886, when the first cornerstone of the uncommonly magnificent men's prison was laid, and one that started in 1994. That's when The Shawshank Redemption, filmed at the Reformatory, was released, showcasing its grand combination of Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne architecture to national audiences. Today, visitors are drawn to the now-museum for both aspects of the building's life, as well as for photo tours and a spooky experience that Huffington Post featured as one of the six-most haunted places in America.
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    100 Reformatory Rd.
    Mansfield, OH US
  • Edison Birthplace Museum
    A prodigy in his own right, Thomas Alva Edison's inventions changed the trajectory of technology before electronics were even a thing. The Edison Birthplace Museum celebrates Edison's life and his contributions to modern society with a collection of memorabilia. Opened by his wife and daughter, the home has been restored and refurnished to appear as it did in 1847, the year Thomas Edison was born. The Building: Samuel O. Edison built the three-story brick house for his wife and family in 1842. Eye Catcher: The room Edison was born in features intricate wallpaper, a white washbasin, and a period-accurate rope bed and handmade coverlet dating to the 1840s. Don't Miss: The master bedroom's pine furniture set, one of the few original pieces, belonged to Edison's sister. The bedroom's closets hold clothing that used to grace the shoulders of Edison and his wife. Hidden Gem: Behind the parlor, a trove of "Edisonia" includes family photos and a collection of his many inventions, such as a phonograph, a stock ticker, and a talking doll. Bring Something Home: The gift shop stocks books about the inventor and his life, for both kids and grownups, as well as CDs of music recorded using Edison's electrical technique.
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    9 N Edison Dr
    Milan, OH US
  • Akron Art Museum
    The Akron Art Museum's collection showcases art after 1850, allowing visitors to breathe freely and without fear of catching the plague from Medieval shrouds. Works by Ohio-affiliated artists such as Frank Duveneck are joined by renowned pieces by Andy Warhol, El Anatsui, and Doris Salcedo, as well as traveling exhibitions. The upcoming exhibit Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 to the Present features 175 pictures by photographers including Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and Annie Leibovitz.
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    1 S High St
    Akron, OH US
  • Summit County Historical Society
    The Perkins Stone Mansion was originally commissioned by Colonel Simon Perkins, the son of Akron's founder. Completed in 1837, but updated most recently in 2006, the sandstone building remains one of Ohio's most noteworthy pieces of Greek Revival architecture. It features numerous architectural highlights, including a two-story portico, elliptical frieze windows, and intricate interior woodwork. The historical site serves as a testament to Perkins' family history and the history of Akron and Summit County.
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    550 Copley Rd.
    Akron, OH US
  • Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
    The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center wants its neighbors to have an interest in art and goes about cultivating this in various ways. One way is its classes, which focus on myriad topics such as drawing, watercolor and oil painting, jewelry design, and pottery. Classes range from children's sessions, including those for preschoolers and homeschoolers, to workshops for adults. Additionally, the center displays art in rotating exhibits, including that produced by its students.
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    2131 Front Street
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH US
  • Military Aviation Preservation Society Air Museum
    MAPS Air Museum’s historical exhibits and collection of military aircraft educate visitors on military aviation history and Northwest Ohio’s role in it. Restored aircraft such as the F-86 SabreDog and B-26 Marauder (one of only seven on display in the world) give guests an up-close look at actual mechanical birds, rather than having to imagine real birds being piloted by humans. Permanent displays on Pearl Harbor, the Tuskegee Airmen, and Rosie the Riveter delve into iconic moments of World War II, and artifacts and memorabilia from veteran Reamer E. “Buzz” Sewell trace one soldier’s journey. For more information on tours or special events, visit the museum online.
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    2260 International Parkway
    North Canton, OH US
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