The Best Free Museums In Ohio

Thom W. Conroy By Thom W. Conroy, 2nd Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A look at museums in Ohio that offer free admission.

There's Something For Everyone

Whether an individual is a resident of the Buckeye State or simply a visitor passing through one thing is a constant - there are a number of fun and interesting free museums in Ohio that can engage the entire family. In nearly every corner of the state there is at least one of these treasures that are within easy driving distance, each unique in their presentation and dedicated collections. While many of these free museums in Ohio can be viewed in their entirety in an hour or so others are extremely large and require several hours to enjoy. Here is an in-depth look at the best of these locations, along with contact and visitation information:

Athens County Historical Society And Museum - A great travel destination that offers free admission along with photography, Civil War memorabilia and many other exhibits.

Location: 65 North Court Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
Telephone: 740-592-2280
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12pm to 4 pm
Admission: Free

Cincinnati Art Museum - The museum houses over 60,000 artifacts with some dating back as far as 6,000 years.

Location: 953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: 513- 639-2995
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday11am to 5pm
Admission: Free

Cleveland Artists Foundation - The Cleveland Artists Foundation displays visual art, various exhibits and documents related to Northeast Ohio.

Location: 17801 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107-3413
Telephone: 216-227-9507 Website:
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 1pm to 5pm and by appointment
Admission: Free

The Cleveland Museum of Art - One of the truly great art collections in America, the museum offers exhibitions, films, lectures, artifacts and musical performances that are always outstanding.

Location: 11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106 Telephone: 216-421-7350
Hours: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday, Friday 10am to 9pm
Closed Monday
Admission: Free - some special exhibits may have an associated cost

Cleveland Police Museum - With almost 4,000 square feet of space and free admission, this is a wonderful look back at Cleveland Police history.

Location: 1300 Ontario Street - 1st Floor Justice Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Phone: 216-623-5055
Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio - A most worthy stop that promotes appreciation and understanding of decorative arts, particularly in the Lancaster area.

Location: 145 East Main Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Telephone: 740-681-1423
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 1pm to 4pm
Closed Monday
Admission: Free - a charge is applied to groups of 10 or more

International Women's Air & Space Museum - An enlightening destination with a mission to document and preserve the history of women in aviation.

Location: Burke Lakefront Airport Room 165
1501 North Marginal Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Telephone: 216-623-1111
Hours: Daily 8am to 7pm
Admission: Free

Kennedy Museum of Art - Offering a well-rounded collection ranging from Native American items to contemporary art.

Location: Lin Hall at Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
Telephone: 740-593-1304
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12pm to 5pm
Thursday 12pm to 8pm
Saturday, Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Monday closed
Admission: Free

Mansfield Fire Museum - A look into the history of the past and educating visitors in the present om aspects of fire fighting, equipment and fire safety.

Location: 1265 West Fourth Street
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
Telephone: 419-529-2573
Website: Hours: Mid May through Mid October Saturday & Sunday 1pm to 4pm Group Tours & Winter Hours by appointment Admission: Free

Massillon Museum - Featuring art, photography, history and a number of other rotating exhibits. Location: 121 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Telephone: 330-833-4061
Website: Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am to 5pm Sunday 2pm to 5pm Admission: Free

McKinley Memorial Library/Museum - Comprises a free public library and museum dedicated to the life of William McKinley.

Location: 40 N. Main Street
Niles, Ohio 44446
Telephone: 330-652-1704
Website: Hours: Monday - Saturday 9am to 4pm Admission: Free

Medina Toy And Train Museum - Everything pertaining to trains, including toys, models and exhibits.

Location: 7 Public Square
Medina, Ohio 44256
Telephone: 330-764-4455
Website: Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday closed Sunday 12pm to 5 pm Admission: Free

Toledo Museum of Art - The Toledo Museum of Art represents a wonderfully diverse collection of art from nearly every corner of the world.

Location: 2445 Monroe Street
Toledo, Ohio 42620
Telephone: 419-255-8000
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10am to 4pm
Friday 10am to 10pm
Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 12pm to 6pm
Admission: Free


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A freelance writer living in Ohio, USA, writing on whatever topics catch my fancy.

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