Museums in Ohio


General Admission at Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society (Up to 56% Off). 5 Options.

Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society
Mansfield

Explore the 19th-century building where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed at your own pace

$18 $12

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Visit for Two or Four (Up to 48% Off)

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
South Columbus

Memorabilia and ephemera from the history of motorcycling, plus themed exhibits and programs

$40 $21

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Admission for Two or Four at Motts Military Museum (45% Off)

Motts Military Museum
Groveport

Museum showcases American military artifacts from the past two centuries of hard-fought battles through 9/11 and today’s current conflicts

$40 $22

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to The Unofficial LEGO Museum (44% Off)

The Unofficial LEGO Museum
Bellaire

Pose with intricate LEGO sculptures of Darth Vader, Spiderman, and Bart Simpson

$32 $18

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Two or Five Admissions to Holocaust Memorial Center (Up to 52% Off)

Holocaust Memorial Center
Farmington

Holocaust museum traces the history of Judaism before bearing witness to the atrocities of World War II

$40 $19

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to The Kelton House Museum & Garden (Up to 44% Off)

The Kelton House Museum & Garden
Downtown Columbus

Beautifully restored house and garden present a glimpse of Victorian life through the lens of a family that lived it

$36 $20

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Two or Four Admissions to Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo (Up to 40% Off)

Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
Horse Cave

Zoo with a focus on Australian animals houses red kangaroos, dingoes, emus, and more; includes admission to cave with spectacular formations

$51.90 $34

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Urban Scavenger Race for Two, Four, or Six from 3Quest Challenge (50% Off)

3Quest Challenge - Columbus
Columbus

Racing against the clock, players progress through three quests where they find checkpoints, seize clues, and solve the final puzzle

$39.95 $20

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Wacky Walk Adventure for Two, Four, or Six from Wacky Walks - Columbus (Up to 50% Off)

Wacky Walks - Columbus
Columbus

Part solo strategizing game and part team quest, this walk around the city leads to clues that need solving—and upheaval in your ranks

$39.95 $20

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Crazy Dash Walking-Adventure Tour for Two, Four, or Six People from Crazy Dash - Columbus (50% Off)

Crazy Dash - Columbus
Columbus

The digital game requires a smartphone and takes you on a tour of the sights

$39.95 $20

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$119 for One-Year Ownership of Two Vines at Carneros Della Notte ($198 Value)

Own a Napa Vineyard
Carneros Della Notte

Learn how to tend and harvest grapes, access special vineyard events, and make your own wine from grapes that grow on your vines

$198 $119

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  • Ohio Historical Society
    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.
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    800 E 17th Ave
    Columbus, OH US
  • "A Christmas Story" House & Museum
    Since 1983, families have spent their holidays around the television, watching A Christmas Story and joining in the triumphs and failures of 9-year-old Ralphie as he struggles to secure a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa's bag. Although the cult-classic film showed Ralphie living in Indiana, the house in which the movie took place rests in Cleveland—and is now a museum. When MSNBC interviewed lifelong fan and A Christmas Story House & Museum owner Brian Jones, they profiled the story of how he found the house on eBay and jumped at the chance to own it. Today, he’s turned it into a year-round place of pilgrimage for fans and the site of an occasionally-held convention for Ralphies. Jones’s restoration has returned rooms to exactly how they were in the film, letting guests gaze at the tinsel-strewn tree with its star falling off and explore the bathroom where Ralphie’s mouth was washed out with soap—a time-tested method for cavity prevention. Visitors can even attempt to hide like little Randy in the cabinet under the sink. After seeing the backyard that still houses the original shed, where Ralphie defended his family against Black Bart, fans head across the street to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. Here, original props such as the toys from the Higbee’s department-store window, Randy’s snowsuit, and Miss Shields’s classroom chalkboard join other memorabilia and hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos. Before leaving, guests drop into the gift shop to pick up a leg lamp just like the one Ralphie's old man cherished so dearly.
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    3159 W 11th St.
    Cleveland, OH US
  • American Sign Museum
    During a self-proclaimed midlife crisis, Tod Swormstedt became the voice for some silent witnesses to American history: signs. The former editor and publisher of Signs of the Times magazine was more than familiar with the subject, and he wanted to give this particular slice of Americana a permanent tribute. He opened American Sign Museum in 1999 and filled it with nearly 4,000 books, photos, and, of course, lots and lots of signs. Size: more than 19,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space (with 20,000 more on the way), featuring 28-foot ceilings for larger signs Eye Catcher: a glowing McDonald's sign from 1963—six years before NASA landed a cheeseburger on the moon Permanent Mainstay: the neon and hand-painted signs of Main Street, which recreates storefronts from decades past Hidden Gem: the grizzly-looking sign from bygone supermarket chain Big Bear—which someone discovered while mowing grass Don't Miss: the neon shop, open weekdays, where workers create new signs and chat with visitors From the Press: For a glance inside the museum, check out the many video interviews here.
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    2515 Essex Place
    Cincinnati, OH US
  • Toledo Yacht Club
    Since 1865, mariners have dined, relaxed, and mingled in the elegant confines of Toledo Yacht Club. Trophy cases and nautical memorabilia fill the current masonry clubhouse––built in 1908––where chefs treat members and guests to upscale feasts in a formal dining room and casual meals beside the Den Bar’s fireplace and large-screen television. Upstairs, guests dance across a third-floor ballroom during the Commodore’s Ball, one of the club’s many annual events, which also include the prestigious New Year's Eve Champagne Celebration and a family-friendly brunch with Santa. Outside, tennis, basketball, and shuffleboard courts share space on a massive lawn where tetherballs whip around tall poles and children climb over playground equipment. Members share meals at a sheltered, secluded picnic area, take a dip in the swimming pool, or cast off on a journey down the Maumee River. For longer jaunts, members can contact one of Toledo Yacht Club’s affiliations, which grant access to numerous clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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    3900 N. Summit Street
    Toledo, 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
  • Carillon Historical Park
    On October 5, 1905, years of invention and failure culminated into history as Wilbur Wright took to the sky in a craft that soared through the air for 24 miles. More than a century later, just a few miles from the field over which it first flew, the 1905 Wright Flyer III—now designated a National Historic Landmark—spreads its wings at Carillon Historical Park, inspiring visitors with its tale of innovation, persistence, and progress, and the aptly named "Wilbur Wright: A Life of Consequence" exhibit. Nearby, the park's Heritage Center features the year-round Carousel of Dayton Innovation, which contains 31 figures, a 38-foot hand-painted mural illustrating the turn of events in the Wright Brothers flying exhibits, and rides for $1. As impressive as they are, the airplane and carousel are only a few of Carillon Historical Park’s myriad attractions. Named for the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon, whose 57 bells have been pealing since 1942, the campus spreads across 65 acres. Just south of downtown, 30 historical buildings, including the 28,000 sq.ft. Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, draw visitors into Dayton’s past and share in the park's devotion to history, heritage, and progress. Early settlement structures such as the Newcom Tavern—the oldest building still standing in Dayton—sit alongside other original buildings such as an 1815-era stone cottage. The park also includes replica buildings, such as the Deeds Barn and the Wright Cycle Shop, which recreate the birthplaces of the automobile self-starter and the airplane. The park’s transportation theme continues with an 1835 B&O steam locomotive and an interactive 1/8 scale railroad available to ride on select days for an extra fee and whose train cars carry passengers more effectively than 1/8 scale feet would. Nearby, the first Chevy S-10 truck minted by GM’s Moraine Plant in 1988 mingles with a fleet of vintage and classic autos. After admiring their hulls, visitors can swing by Culp’s Café—named and modeled after the eatery where widow and mother of six Charlotte Gilbert Culp served pies in the '30s and '40s—and order burgers or soda-fountain creations off a '40s-style menu. Before leaving, guests can peruse Wright brothers paraphernalia and items from the park’s 1930s letterpress printing shop at the museum store or sign up for educational programming that teaches lost arts such as candle dipping and butter churning.
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    1000 Carillon Blvd.
    Dayton, OH US

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