History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for two adult admissions to the museum and Ohio Village (up to a $20 value)
- $15 for two adult and two child admissions to the museum and Ohio Village (up to a $30 value)
Visitors explore featured and permanent exhibits in the museum and experience face-to-face encounters with history in Ohio Village. Click here to see the center's hours.
Ohio Historical Center
The headquarters of the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Center abounds with exhibits and activities that showcase the state's diverse social, natural, and archeological history. Built in 1970, the museum's towering Brutalist edifice is a piece of history itself, lauded as "bold" and "imaginative” by the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a 15,000-square-foot gallery explores pivotal moments in the Buckeye State’s past, examining everything from Ohio’s role in the Civil War to Boomer Esiason’s stint as Secretary of State. A natural-history exhibit regales guests with interactive displays of animals, plants, and geography. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the center hosts an ever-changing selection of featured exhibits and special events.
Outside the museum sits Ohio Village, a re-creation of a Civil War–era town. Costumed villagers bustle about the square, performing chores and activities of the era, such as churning butter and checking wooden PalmPilots. The town's 15 buildings showcase the height of 19th-century architecture and include a Gothic-revival church, a large town hall, and an open market. The village is also the home of the renowned Ohio Village Muffins, who regularly compete in games of baseball played by 19th-century rules.