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Museums in Fairfield County, Ohio

With more than a dozen unique museums, you will find a variety of unforgettable experiences. You can examine Civil War artifacts, learn the history of the motorcycle, enjoy historic architecture and furnishings, explore interesting aspects of community history, see glass blowing and exhibits, or climb into military vehicles and historic aircraft. There’s even a hands-on museum just for kids!

AHA Childrens Hands-On Adventure
315 S Broad St Lancaster, Ohio 43130
AHA Children's Museum


Fax: (740) 653-2915

 Hours: All Year -Monday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm;, Nov-March Monday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm

Admission: $6.00 per person (6 months old and under FREE)

Children love the hands-on activities. Something for all the little ones.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
13515 Yarmouth Dr Pickerington, Ohio 43147
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum


Fax: 614-856-2221 

Hours: The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week! We are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission: AMA Members $5, Adults $10, Students (ages 12 to 17) $3, Seniors $8, Family Rate (parents and all single children under 18) $25, Members of national motorcycle organizations $9, Children 11 and under Free.

While most exhibits at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum remain static for a year or two, once they are in place, one part of the Museum is always evolving: the Hall of Fame gallery. The names of all the Hall of Fame honorees are posted on the wall in the Hall of Fame, but naturally, the motorcycles draw the most attention. Each machine on display has some tie to a rider, racer, designer, engineer, business leader or other honorees in the Hall of Fame.


Hours: Sunday 1-4 pm & by appointment. We welcome small tours and school field trips.

Admission: Free, but donations are welcome.

The museum houses much of Baltimore’s history to include family documents spanning back to the 1800’s.



Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (Reese-Peters House)
145 East Main Street Lancaster, Ohio 43130
740- 681-1423
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio Reese-Peters House


Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and  Sundays,1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day 

Admission: Free except for groups of 10 or more. Donations are graciously accepted. Reservations are requested for groups of 10 or more and are $5 a person; to schedule, please call 740-681-1423.

The Decorative Arts Center built circa 1834 was the home of William James Reese, three-time mayor of Lancaster, Ohio and his wife, Elizabeth Sherman Reese, the sister of Civil War General William T. Sherman, whose birthplace is next door. The center features Greek Revival and Eastlake decor as well as the art gallery. A winding spiral staircase leads to the gallery. For those who are challenged by stairs, an elevator allows access to the upper and lower levels.


Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 P.M.; April-Nov, December. weekends only. - by appt. Jan-March Closed Holidays including Thanksgiving Eve.

Admission: Adults $6 / Students under 18, $2 Admission fee includes guided tour. Tour both Georgian and Sherman House museums and receive discount.
AAA, Senior 65+ and South Central Power Customer Discounts offered. Group Discounts also offered. Active Duty Military Personnel with ID - FREE Admission. FCHA Members - FREE Admission.

First floor handicapped accessible. DVD tour available for second floor and lower level.

The Maccraken Mansion

Marvel at Samuel Maccracken’s 1832 mansion restored to its original architectural grandeur and furnished with exceptional period pieces. Many of the antique furnishings were owned by the Maccracken Family and others were made by Fairfield County’s master craftsmen.

A display of Erickson Glass, formerly made in Bremen, Ohio, is available for viewing.

This historic house was built by Daniel Sifford using Asher Benjamin’s Handbook for Carpenters and represents the best of American and Georgian architecture.

Fundraising Events include: Theme Teas offered in July and December House Tour or Garden Tour offered in alternate years. Cemetery Tour with re-enactors of famous and infamous Lancaster Citizens offered in October Candlelight Tour of historic churches in downtown Lancaster, Ohio performing Christmas Music December

Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society
4729 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake, Ohio 43008
Buckeye Lake Historical Society


Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 4 P.M. Closed Mondays

Donation: $4.00 Per Person, Children under 16 free. Special Tour Groups can be Arranged. Admission free.

Come visit the Rocket Ride, Play Skee Ball or look over thousands of items from the early to mid 1900’s.

Historic Buildings at Fairfield County Fairgrounds
157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Fairfield County Fairgrounds Historic Buildings

Hours: Fairgrounds is open dawn to dusk. Buildings are open by appointment or during the Fairfield County Fair each year early in October.

Admission: Free

Historic Buildings Of interest are the old buildings and structures that have been preserved from the 1800’s and early 1900’s: Wooden Grandstand, Carroll, Ohio C & O Depot, Pioneer Cabin, Weakley School House, Joe Arnold Country Store, Round Cattle Barn, Replica of 1930 Gas Station, Original Flora Hall.

Contact Dave Benson740-653-3041 for an appointment.


Historical Aircraft Squadron Museum
3266 Old Columbus Rd, NW, Carroll, Ohio 43112
Historical Aircraft Squadron Museum


Hours:  Wednesdays and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Group tours available any day or evening. School field trips and senior citizen groups are welcome.

Admission:. Donations accepted.

For further information or scheduling call Don Bell at 614-866-7715 or the Historical Aircraft Squadron Museum office at 740-653-4778.

Hours: Call Fairfield County Foundation for details.

In 1806, a Mr. Giani, an Italian immigrant and ardent Catholic built this home on a lot purchased from Jacob & Peter Fetters. The one-story brick structure is thought to be the oldest brick structure still standing in the state of Ohio.

In 1817 the first Catholic Mass was said in the original brick structure owned at the time by Michael Garaghty. Mr. Garaghty, a local banker, hired Isaiah Vorys, Sr., prominent local builder, to build an addition to his home. This was done between 1824-1826. John Mumaugh purchased the house in 1857. His last descendant, a daughter May Frances, died in 1929 leaving the homestead to the city of Lancaster to be a memorial to her father and to be used as a cultural center and meeting place, especially for women.

Fairfield County Foundation The city of Lancaster gave the Mumaugh Memorial to the Fairfield County Foundation in May of 2002. The Foundation maintains the property and occupies the back section as its offices.

Historic items of interested include Elizabeth Sherman Reese DAR display of memorabilia.

Ohio Glass Museum and Glass Blowing Studio
124 W Main St, Lancaster, OH 43130
Ohio Glass Museum & Glass Blowing Studio


Hours: Giftshop -Tues-Sat Noon-4 pm, Sun 1-4 pm  

Hours Museum : (March-October): Tuesday-Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 (November-February): Tuesday-Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Closed on major holidays. Open by appointment other hours.

Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5 and Students $3.

History The opening of the Ohio Glass Museum in 2006 reflects the importance of glass in the history and development of Lancaster and Fairfield County from 1888 to the present. Because of the abundance of raw materials in this area, including natural gas and sandstone, the establishment of the glass industry was a logical step in utilizing those resources. The glass industry has always been a major contributor to the financial stability of the community. In 2003 the Ohio Legislature recognized Lancaster as the “Pressed Glass Capital” of Ohio.

The Museum features rotating exhibits that change regularly, so come back often to see what’s new!


Pickerington Historic Society - Old Carnegie Library Museum
15 E. Columbus Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147
Old Carnegie Library Museum


Hours: Saturday, 10 AM to 3 pm, April through December.

Admission: Free.

The former Carnegie Library features memorabilia pertaining to the Pickerington and Violet Township area. See and explore furniture, tools, clothing, photos and more. Children and adults can enjoy “Touch and Learn” exhibits and game

Hours: Open  May to October, Saturday-Sunday 1:00-3:00 pm. Visits to the grounds can be made sunrise to sunset throughout the year.

Directions: Fairfield County. Bloom Township. From Lancaster, northwest on S.R. 33 2 miles, left on Lithopolis Road (in Hooker), 3 miles, at the intersection, on Rock Mill Road. Hocking River.

Ohio’s oldest and largest gristmill on the upper falls of the Hocking River. Six Stories with two below grade level. Powered by a 26 ft. overshot water wheel with a mill race cut through solid sandstone more than 30 ft. long.


Hours: Open April-November, Tuesday-Sunday 12-4 pm.; Weekends in December Closed Holidays and Thanksgiving Eve. Closed Jan-March. Call for appointment

Admission:  Adults $6 / Students under 18, $2Admission fee includes a guided tour. Tour both museums and receive discount. AAA, Senior 65+, and South Central Power Customer Discounts offered.
Group Discounts also offered. Active Duty Military Personnel with ID - FREE Admission.  FHA Members - FREE Admission.

First floor handicapped accessible. DVD tour available for the second floor and lower level.

Birthplace of Senator John and Gen Sherman Birthplace of General William T. Sherman and Senator John Sherman. The Sherman House features Sherman family memorabilia, Civil War and GAR artifacts.

Parts of the house were built in 1811 with an addition in 1816 by the Shermans. In 1870 a brick front and victorian parlor were added. 2007 saw the dedication of a “Sherman era garden” planted along the side of the house and in the backyard features plants popular in the 1800’s and used by the Shermans in cooking, scented pillows, etc

Hours: Open by appointment only. Call Tom Clark 740-974-4795.

Admission: Free

The museum is one of the only permanent Derby Museum in the United States. Our museum dates back to the beginning of the Lancaster Soap Box Derby back in 1955. You can walk through Derby History and see how the cars have evolved through time. You can see memorabilia, pictures, and lots of cars. We are extremely proud of our museum, and we hope all that love derby will enjoy our facility. Museum hours are by appointment, exception are race week, and on rally weekends, when the museum is open all day.