Smithsonian Magazine “Museum Day Live!” announced – Dayton Parent Magazine

Museum Day Live! – an annual day of free admission at select museums across country – will be celebrated on September 26th, thanks to Smithsonian Magazine. And even more: 14 different museums throughout Ohio are expected to participate.

What is Museum Day Live? For one day only, participating museums across the United States – with a wide range of diverse exhibitions – will channel the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities {which offer free admission everyday} and open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Over 1,300 museums nationwide will participate in the 2015 Museum Day Live! program.
How do I get tickets? Tickets are free and will be available online beginning August 1. Keep in mind that one ticket is good for one person + one guest and restrictions note one ticket is permitted per household. Additional guests are required to pay full admission {prices dependent on museum}. Tickets can be printed or shown on a smartphone.
Which museums in Ohio are participating?


Fort Meigs: Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield

Fort Meigs is the largest reconstructed, wooden walled fortification in the United States. Built in 1813, the fort played a critical role in safeguarding the Western frontier against British forces in the War of 1812.

  • Location: 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg
  • More info: or call (800) 283-8916


Fulton County Museum

The Fulton County Museum is housed in an 1868 Romanesque Revival two-story brick building that originally housed Wauseon’s first high school, and later, the county’s first hospital. The county historical society, which operates the museum, was established in 1883 by the first pioneering settlers and is the 13th oldest in the state.


Historic Lyme Village

The 15 historic buildings at Historic Lyme Village represent life in the Firelands in the 1800’s. Among the buildings are log cabins, barns, general store, post office, one-room school, log church, 1882 Victorian Mansion and an 1836 Greek Revival home used as a stop in the Underground Railroad.

  • Location: 5001 State Route 4, Bellevue
  • More info: or call (419) 483-4949


International Women’s Air & Space Museum

The mission of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. The museum offers events such as educational programs for all ages, a dinner series, Family Day, Rocket Day, Corks in the Concourse, and so much more!

  • Location: 1501 N. Marginal Rd., Room 165, Cleveland
  • More info: or call (216) 623-1111


Massillion Museum

The Massillon Museum collects, preserves and exhibits art and artifacts to enrich our community through education and experience. As a local art and history museum, the Massillon Museum has major collections of photography; costumes and textiles; china, glass and pottery; domestic appliances; and circus memorabilia.


Sauder Village

Do you think history is dull? Then you haven’t experienced history at Sauder Village – Ohio’s largest living-history destination! Visit with costumed guides about how families lived over 100 years ago. Marvel at craftsmen blending skill and creativity in glass, metals, fabric, wood and clay. Enjoy scrumptious homemade goodies and the warmth of genuine, old-fashioned hospitality.


Toledo Museum Of Art

Since founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of collection, innovative education programs, and architecturally significant campus.

  • Location: 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo
  • More info: or call (419) 255-8000



Dairy Barn Arts Center

The Dairy Barn Arts Center’s mission is to offer exhibitions, events, and educational programs that nurture and promote area artists and artisans; develop art appreciation among all ages; provide the community access to fine arts and crafts from outside the region; and draw attention and visitors to Southeast Ohio.

  • Location: 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens
  • More info: or call (740) 592-4981


Galion Historical Society

Historical home and church with museum of local history. Includes local memorabilia including blacksmith, military, household and educational.

  • Location: 132 South Union Street, Galion
  • More info: or call (419) 468-9338


The Works: Ohio Center For History, Art & Technology

The Works is an interactive learning center where people of all ages can have fun and be inspired by the history, technology and artistic accomplishments of the communities they serve.

  • Location: 55 S. 1st Street, Newark
  • More info: or call (740) 349-9277



Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College

With a permanent exhibit on the history of Quakers in Southwest Ohio, an 1840s-style meetinghouse, and multiple other art and history exhibits throughout the year, a visit to the Quaker Heritage Center tells the story of the past, present, and future of Quakers around the world…and explains about that guy on the oatmeal container!


WACO Air Museum & Learning Center

WACO Air Museum & Learning Center was established to commemorate the WACO Aircraft Factory in Troy, OH. Come experience the Golden Age of Aviation through an audio tour of 2 museum hangers. Try your hand at the WACO simulator, watch videos of WW II gliders in action in our brand new Glider Theatre.



Betts House

The Betts House has been part of Cincinnati’s history for over two hundred years. Built in 1804, it is located in the Betts-Longworth Historic District in the city’s West End.This remarkable survivor of Cincinnati’s period of settlement offers exhibits and programs on architecture, historic preservation, building trades and materials and construction technologies.

  • Location: 416 Clark Street, Cincinnati
  • More info: or call (513) 651-2300


Cincinnati Fire Museum

The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati highlights the significant contributions that Cincinnati has made to the firefighting profession.


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