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Hoover Historical Center
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Owner description: FREE ADMISSION and wheelchair accessible to Experience the Hoover Legacy: Hoover Company history is preserved amid Victorian elegance in decor, family furnishings, vintage ladies fashions all accenting Hoover history with products, vintage ads and materials Hoover produced for WWII. Hoover family photographs and keepsakes enhance the story of the Hoover Legacy. Interactives include hearing the first 1908 Hoover vacuum recorded Hoover songs.Manual vacuums from late 1800s tell the story of evolution of the vacuum cleaner. Enjoy the beauty of our award-winning gardens, all on original Hoover family homestead. Hoover museum is owned and operated by Walsh University. Tours hourly, 1,2,3,4p Thurs-Sat., March-October. Reservations required for groups of 8 or more and available weekdays when not open to public for hourly tours.Closed major holidays. Gift Shoppe We are little museum with a BIG HISTORY!
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Who hasn't used a Hoover? Or at lest seen one in action!!! Here you can get as close to the floor cleaning experience as you'd like- even going back to before W.W.I.! See, and try the vintage vacuum cleaners mom, and grandma used- and enjoy the related advertising goodies. The museum is full of artifacts from the rise (and fall) of the Hoover empire, and a feast of local culture fun too. The Hoover Company, wish it was still operating at full power!

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Reviewed 4 December 2012

My husband and I are always on the lookout for quirky little museums with an interesting story to tell. We discovered a gem in North Canton, Ohio: the Hoover Historical Center. The museum is housed in the boyhood home of William Henry "Boss" Hoover, the man who transformed his grandfather's leather tanning business into a vacuum cleaner empire. We arrived on a blisteringly hot June afternoon and were welcomed into the air-conditioned home by none other than the museum's director, who gave the two of us a private tour. Chock-full of vintage vacuum cleaners and advertising paraphernalia, the museum is a visual feast of material culture. The site is affiliated with the Museum Studies program at the local college, so the exhibits are regularly added to by nascent curators. The rise (and fall) of the Hoover vacuum cleaner empire is a classic American tale, and you'll yearn for the days when even everyday appliances were works of streamlined beauty. We had expected to pop in for just a few minutes on our way out of town, but we ended up staying nearly two hours.

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Reviewed 19 September 2011

We visited the Hoover Historical Center on a Friday afternoon and we were the only two on the tour. It cost $10 for both of us. Our tour guide was very informative (she was a long time employee of the Hoover Company) and answered all of our questions. There is a lot more to see than you would think. You first start at the barn and then tour the farmhouse. Our guide had us watch a short video about the history of the Hoover family and Company before beginning the tour inside the house. Our tour guide even let us try out one of the first vacuums that had to be pumped with your feet like a skateboard (this vacuum was located inside the barn). Our tour lasted about an hour and a half but we did a lot of talking since we were the only ones there. I definitely recommend taking a tour if you are in the area…you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Reviewed 13 August 2011

This was a fantastic find and very reasonably priced. It was $5.00 for an adult and children under 12 are free. There are 2 buildings that are included in the tour. One is the actual barn that the Hoovers built and the other is their farmhouse. Both are located on the property and are both very interesting. My 7 1/2 year old daughter was able to touch and work the old vacuums and the tour guide was very informative. Then we went through the farmhouse and saw the evolution of the Hoover vacuums. We were entertained, informed and enlightened throughout this tour. This Center is owned and operated by Walsh University and they have kept this segment of Canton history alive and well. Thank you.

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Reviewed 31 May 2011

This is a pretty cool specialty museum. You might think that it would be boring but the opposite was the case. The museum is operated by retired Hoover employees and it's obvious that they loved working there for 20-30 years. The museum traces the history of vacuum cleaners in general but mainly focuses on the Hoover company and it's products. Go see this if you have the time.

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