PRINTABLE PDF A life raft from the doomed S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck; the Kennedy Presidential Limousine; the largest collection of Lithophanes in the world (what IS a lithophane anyway?). These are just a few of the mysterious treasures you will encounter along the way on your Museum Mystery Tour!
(You will find the relics above at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, The Henry Ford and the Blair Museum of Lithophanes.)
American Civil War Museum of Ohio, 217 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH
Explore eight exhibit rooms with hands-on exhibits for adults and children designed to enhance your experience and knowledge of the Civil War and Ohio's role in it.
Contact: 419-455-9551, www.acwmo.org
Blair Museum of Lithophanes, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo
The lithophane was first created in Europe in the 1820s. The largest collection in the world of this 19th century art form is now on view at the Blair Museum of Lithophanes.
Contact: 419-245-1356, www.lithophanemuseum.org
Fort Meigs: Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH
Built in 1813 to defend Ohio during the War of 1812, Fort Meigs successfully withstood two sieges by a combined British, Canadian, and Native American force.
Contact: 419-874-4121, www.fortmeigs.org
Fulton County Historical Society, Inc., 229 Monroe St., Wauseon, OH
Stories from the 13th oldest Historical Society in the state of Ohio include the Archaic Neanderthal Hybrid giants, mastodons, the Ottawa and Potawatomi Native Americans, our frontier pioneers settlers from the eastern states, Europe and Mexico and more mysteries.
Contact: 419-337-7922, www.fultoncountyhs.org
The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI
Prepare to be astounded! 250 acres of industry. 300 years of history. 26 million artifacts. At The Henry Ford – you’ll discover America – it’s culture, inventions, people and can do spirit – and hundreds of hands-on ways to explore it, enjoy it and be inspired by it.
Contact: 313-982-6001 or 800-835-5237, www.thehenryford.org
Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs St., Sandusky, OH
Investigate several artifacts from Sandusky area shipwrecks, such as the F.H. Prince, St. Louis and America. View several artifacts from the Success, a trade ship turned into a floating prison that went around the world and spent its final days in Sandusky Bay. Learn about local wetlands wildlife and the importance of wetland ecosystems through this interactive exhibit.
Contact: 419-624-0274, www.sanduskymaritime.org
Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH
The Merry-Go-Round Museum display artifacts that add to the public’s awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the history of the carousel. The museum continues to seek artifacts from amusement parks, carnivals, and private individuals and encourages long and short-term loans of memorabilia and antiques from earlier periods of the amusement and carousel industry. Paranormal activity has been reported here.
Contact: 419-626-6111, www.merrygoroundmuseum.org
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St., Toledo
Join us in the fascinating stories of the Great Lakes as you learn about the rich history of the world’s most important natural resource and immerse yourself in unique media and hands-on experiences. Our campus includes the museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker and a maritime park with unique artifacts and beautiful landscaping along the banks of the Maumee River.
Contact: 419-214-5000, www.inlandseas.org
Perrysburg Area Historic Museum, Inc., 27340 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH
The Museum’s mission is to collect and preserve historic artifacts and information from the Perrysburg area for the purpose of telling the stories and honoring the character of the Native Americans, early settlers and their families, professionals, and entrepreneurs who carved a town out of the Black Swamp.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH
Spiegel Grove houses the Hayes Museum and 31 room mansion, along with 25 acres of park and the burial site of President and Mrs. Hayes. It honors the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family established the first presidential library open to the public in 1916. For 100 years the collections have grown beyond the core collection to include 90,000 books, manuscripts and images which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.
Contact: 419-332-2081, www.rbhayes.org
Snook’s Dream Cars, 13920 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, OH
Our museum displays the extensive collection of “long time car guy” Bill Snook (deceased) and operated by his son Jeff Snook. It features a recreated 1940s era Texaco gas station, a showroom of extensive automobile memorabilia and a car collection presented within period scenes ranging from a 1930s general store to a racetrack from the 1960s.
Contact: 419-353-8338, www.snooksdreamcars.com
Sylvania Historical Village, 5717 N. Main St., Sylvania, OH
The City of Sylvania invites you to step back in time as you wander through the beautiful gardens and the vintage buildings and exhibits that are featured at the Village. Permanent collections include an 1840 log home that allows visitors to imagine what life was like for area pioneers. The Village also features a pre-1875 residence and a 1904 Sears catalog home that has been renovated into retail stores. A replica 19th-century schoolhouse gives local elementary-age children the experience of learning in a one-room 1800's environment.
Contact: 419-517-5533, www.sylvaniahistoricalvillage.org
Toledo Firefighters Museum, 918 Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH
Tales of firefighting 150 years ago come alive in the midst of vintage pumpers, uniforms and equipment used by the city's first bucket brigade.
Contact: 419-478-3473, www.toledofirefightersmuseum.org
Toledo History Museum, 2001 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH
The museum houses an extensive collection of objects, photographs and archival materials from all periods of Toledo's history. Our collections range from textiles and period clothing to household goods, transportation examples, and industrial tools. These items reveal the stories of the many individuals, families and businesses that have had past or present connections to our area.
Contact: 419-215-2437, www.toledohistory.com
Toledo Museum of Art and Glass Pavilion, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo
The main Museum building interior contains four and a half acres of floor space on two levels. It has 45 galleries, 15 classroom studios, the 1,750-seat Peristyle concert hall, the 176-seat Little Theater lecture hall, the Family Center, the Museum Café, and the Museum Store featuring Collector’s Corner. The Glass Pavilion has five galleries, a glass study room, classrooms, two hot shops, a multipurpose Glass Salon, public and private courtyard space, and a coffee bar.
Contact: 419-255-8000, www.toledomuseum.org
Toledo Police Museum, 2201 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo
Enter a mock jail cell and have a mug shot photo taken from a 1920s era booking camera, see an exact replica of Ohio's electric chair "Old Sparky," on loan from the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society.
Contact: 419-720-2485, http://toledopolicemuseum.com
Wolcott House Heritage Center & Grounds, 1035 River Rd., Maumee, OH
Open to the public Saturdays for afternoon tours and by appointment May through mid-December. Seven historic buildings are filled with art and artifacts representative of 19th century life and culture in the Maumee River Valley, beginning with the era of Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison, and continuing through the heydays of the "canal sharks" and the "iron horsemen". Check out the website for special events open to the public throughout the year.
Contact: 419-893-9602, www.wolcotthouse.org