There are really two aspects to the Ohio History Center. The first is the indoor museum that is very impressive, educational, informative and fun. The second is the Ohio Village located outside the museum that is a collection of nearly 20 buildings resembling a typical Ohio town during the Civil War period in the 1860’s. The museum currently has a unique display depicting lifestyles and history during the 1950’s. The centerpiece of this display is a full-size Lustron home that is completely furnished and stocked with everything you would expect to see in someone’s actual home during the 1950’s. The museum encourages you to open up drawers, look in closets, check storage cabinets to see objects from that time period. It is as though you are rummaging through a family’s home. This is a neat exhibit. Actually, everything that is on display in the museum is terrific and well worth your time.
The outdoor Ohio Village, on the other hand, was rather disappointing. While most of the buildings were open to walk through or at least to gaze inside from the entryway, three buildings were completely closed. They advertise that the village has costumed interpreters to provide a “history lesson” to village visitors. We only encountered one interpreter during our entire visit. Understandably, this is not Williamsburg with costumed characters everywhere, but only one interpreter was disappointing. Nonetheless, we did enjoy strolling through the village on a beautiful sunny day. Overall, the Ohio History Center is highly recommended. A $10 ($9 Seniors) admission fee is charged per person.
Here is a money saving tip . . . join the Ohio Historical Society for $35 ($30 Seniors) and you receive free admission to the Museum for the member and one companion. Your membership then provides free admission for the two of you to all 58 historic sites in the State of Ohio. Not only that, but you get free or discounted admission at nearly 200 other historic venues throughout America. It cost us nothing to visit the Ohio River Museum and Campus Martius Museum in Marietta, OH. We have already more than recovered the cost of membership in the Ohio Historical Society and will continue saving. Definitely a bargain!
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