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!
Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Saturday; 12:00pm to 4:00pm Sunday (November-March)
AHA! is a 4,000-square-foot adventure space featuring more than 30 hands-on exhibits for children of all interests. You will find lots of great activities, special events, and plenty of opportunities for fun. Messy Mondays, Storytime Thursdays, and Science Saturdays are especially popular. The museum provides a place for your children to learn as they engage in their most important "work" of play.
Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Sunday; closed major holidays
Admission: AMA Members & Children (11 and under) Free; Adults $10; Seniors $8; Students (ages 12 to 17) $3; some discounts available.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum celebrates the heroes of the track, road, trails, and halls of government who have elevated the sport to new heights. Each of the incredible machines on display tells a unique story about a member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
The Museum features a variety of fascinating themed exhibits -- such as “Toys & Collectibles” and “A Century of the Indian” -- and more than 100 historic motorcycles. Feel the passion and better understand the technology that makes motorcycles some of the most powerful, efficient, and thrilling vehicles on the road today.
Hours: 1:00pm to 4:00pm Sunday
Admission: Free, donations accepted
The museum houses much of Baltimore’s history. It features family documents spanning back to the 1800s, historic newspapers, photographs, automobiles and car accessories. The museum hosts a variety of programs and special events in the beautiful Griley House. Poplar Creek School House and Cemetery are popular historic sites in the area.
Hours: 1:00pm to 4:00pm Tuesday-Sunday
Admission: $4 donation for adults; $2 donation for seniors; $1 donation for children
This museum celebrates the history of Perry, Licking and Fairfield counties including the communities of Hebron, Millersport, Thornville, and Buckeye Lake. Experience thousands of items from the early to mid-1900s. Have fun with the huge collection of Buckeye Lake Amusement Park memorabilia, including the Rocket Ride and a Skee Ball game.
Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1:00pm to 4:00pm Sunday
Admission: Free (nominal fee for large docent-led group tours)
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio engages visitors with innovative and stimulating exhibitions, unleashing a sense of possibility and imagination. They also preserve and showcase the architecture and collections that have been entrusted to their care. Considered one of Ohio’s finest examples of a Greek Revival home, the Center showcases an outstanding collection of period furnishings and decor. In addition to its dazzling exhibitions, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio features public programs, art classes, and workshops for all ages.
Hours: 1:00pm to 4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday (April-December); other times by appointment
Admission: Adults $6; Children $2; Discounts available
Since 1832, this amazing mansion with a double curved front brick wall and 2-story portico with fluted Ionic columns has been a Lancaster landmark. The distinctive structure embodies both Federal and Greek Revival styles, and exemplifies outstanding 19th century American craftsmanship. Throughout the house, 12-foot ceilings draw attention to stunning woodwork, archways, and chandeliers. The Georgian’s exquisite furnishings include many fine pieces by Fairfield County cabinet makers and artisans. Visitors will marvel at the unique collections of silver, quilts, musical instruments, dollhouses, antique miniatures, and carved figures by folk artist Elijah Pierce.
Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm Wednesdays and Saturday; other times by appointment
Admission: Free, donations accepted
Enjoy a variety of planes and military vehicles available for a real hands-on experience. Visitors can touch the planes, and even climb into the cockpit and get a feel for what it was like to fly one of these warbirds. Volunteer craftsmen are always on hand and happy to chat about the restoration and history of the planes. In addition to the aircraft and vehicles, you will find vintage uniforms, weapons, and memorabilia on display, and expert resources available in their reference library and reading room.
Hours: 1:00pm to 4:00pm Tuesday-Sunday (March-October)
1:00pm to 4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday (November-February)
Open by appointment other hours
Admission: Adults $6; Seniors $5; Students $3
Visitors are taken on a fascinating journey through history to learn how glass has been formed and transformed – from ancient Egyptians to modern-day artisans. Guests also appreciate the important role glass has played in Fairfield County since the 1800s. The museum features unique items in exhibits that change throughout the year. On-site glass blowers and flame workers demonstrate their techniques. Visitors are encouraged to learn the craft during a hands-on class at the studio. The gift shop offers pieces created by area glass artists and locally manufactured items for the home.
Hours: 10:00am to 3:00pm Saturday (April through December)
Admission: Free, donations accepted
This museum, housed in the community’s original Carnegie Library, celebrates the rich history of Pickerington and Violet Township. Exhibits are focused on three aspects of life in this region – farming, education, and church. The museum features a display of arrowheads and stone tools discovered in Violet Township, as well as artifacts, clothing, equipment, and a large collection of photographs and public records. Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy the special “Touch and Learn” exhibits.
Hours: 12:00pm to 4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday (April-December); other times by appointment
Admission: Adults $6; Children $2; Discounts available.
Experience the birthplace of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman and U.S. Senator John Sherman. Restored to reflect the lifestyle of this remarkable family, the Sherman House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Civil War Discovery Trail. A guided tour of the house informs visitors about the legacy of this early Fairfield County family and their contributions to national history. In addition to a number of family treasures, visitors will enjoy an outstanding Civil War exhibit featuring a recreation of the general’s field tent.
Hours: Open during race week and rally weekends; other times by appointment
One of the only permanent derby attractions in the United States, this 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. Take time to examine soap box memorabilia, photographs, and lots of cars.