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Historical Museum Guide for Franklin County, Ohio

A directory of Historical Museums in Franklin County, Ohio.

Taking a trip to Franklin County, Ohio?  A visit to these history museums and historical sites in Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding areas of Franklin County will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visiting a historical museum can give you insight into the history of your Franklin County, Ohio ancestors and the way they lived and played.

Some of these history museums have virtual tours, histories, genealogy data and historic photos to view online, allowing you to visit without ever leaving home!

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Franklin County History Museums

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Anti-Saloon League Museum

Visitors to the museum will learn about the temperance movement in America.  Located at 110 S. State Street in Westerville, OH.

Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Talks and Tours

[Photo Albums]  [Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery]

[Camp Chase Prison History & Information

[Camp Chase Historical Photos]

The Hilltop Historical Society is focused on the preservation and promotion of the history and culture of the Hilltop area of Ohio.  Activities include Camp Chase Re-enactment and living history re-enactments, preservation of the Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital artifacts and the walking tour to Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery.  Contact Lt. Col. Dick Hoffman at campchase@columbus.rr.com to schedule a talk and tour of the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery.  The Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery is located at 2900 Sullivant Avenue in Columbus, OH.

Canal Winchester Area Historical Society Complex

[History of Canal Winchester]

The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society operates a complex of buildings which include: 

  • The One-Room Prentiss School located at 10 West Oak Street in Canal Winchester, OH.

  • The Hocking Valley "Queen of the Line" Railroad Depot with two cabooses under renovation located at 96 North High Street.

  • The O. P. Chaney grain elevator located at 40 West Oak Street.

  • Civil War monument honoring Private Alfred Cannon. 

The society is focused on the collection, preservation and maintenance of historical records, data, property and other items related to the heritage of Canal Winchester, OH.

Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center

The 1908 Fire Station #16 has been restored and features a museum of historic fire fighting equipment and antique fire engines and pumpers along with a learning center for all to learn about fire safety.  Located at 260 N. Fourth Street in Columbus, OH.

Doll Museum at the Old Rectory

The Doll Museum is housed inside the historic 1845 Rectory for St. John's Episcopal Church.  Today, the Rectory is home to the Worthington Historical Society who operates the Doll Museum.  Visitors will enjoy the beauty of this historic building and the massive collection of beautiful 19th and 20th century dolls.  Located at 50 West New England Avenue in Worthington, OH.

Ealy House Museum

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[Ealy House History Timeline]

The historical Ealy House built ca 1860, is home to the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society and their museum featuring historical artifacts and items related to the history of the New Albany-Plain Township are of Ohio.  The Ealy House is a Civil War-Era farmhouse that has been restored with historic authenticity.  Located at 6359 Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany, OH.

Early Television Foundation and Museum

Focused on the preservation of the technology from the early days of television, the museum features historical items, displays and exhibits related to the history of television.  Located at 596 Franklin Street in Hilliard, OH.

Gahanna Historical Society Museum

The Gahanna Historical Society operates a complex of historical structures including the John Clark House, Lily Stone B&B and a log house built in 1840.  The museum is focused on the history of Gahanna.  Located at 101 South High Street in Gahanna, OH.

Hale Black Cultural Center

Named in honor of Dr. Frank W. Hale Jr., the center is focused on the cultural and academic pursuits of African Americans in the United States. Located at Hale Hall on the campus of the Ohio State University at 154 W. 15th Avenue in Columbus, OH.

The Harding Museum

The Harding Museum features historical artifacts and objects related to the local history of the Mackinaw Historic District and the late Major General Forrest Harding, one of the founders of the Franklin Area Historical Society.  Located at 3302 Park Avenue in the Mackinaw Historical District of Franklin, OH.

The Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society Museum

The museum is devoted to preserving and disseminating the knowledge of the history of Reynoldsburg, Ohio and the surrounding areas.  Housed in an 1850s historical home which has been restored, the museum features historical artifacts and antique items related to the heritage of Reynoldsburg along with a great collection of historical documents.  .Located at 1485 Jackson Street in Reynoldsburg, OH.

The Heritage Museum

Housed inside the International Headquarters of Kappa Kappa Gama Fraternity, the Heritage Museum occupies three rooms of the historic Italianate style mansion.  Known as the Snowden-Gray mansion on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum features exhibits and furnishings which reflect the history of the building, it's former occupants and the history of Columbus.  Located at 530 East Town Street in Columbus, OH.

The Jack Nicklaus Museum

[Museum Tour]

The Jack Nicklaus Museum is devoted to the history of golf and the career of Jack Nicklaus including trophies, photographs and various mementos.  Located in the Ohio State University sports complex at 2355 Olentangy River Road in Columbus, OH.

Jeffers Mound

[Location Map]

Jeffers Mound is a prehistoric mound believed to have been built by the Hopewell people between 100 BC and AD 400.  Much archaeological excavating has taken place at the site.  Located at the crest of the hill where Plesenton Drive diverges from Olentangy River Road just north of Route 161.

Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center

Known as the largest museum of diversified Catholic art in the United States taht is recognized by the Vatican, the museum is located at 57 South Grubb Street in Columbus, OH.

Kelton House Museum & Garden

Built in 1852, the Kelton House and Museum interprets urban life and the decorative arts in Columbus, Ohio during the second half of the 19th century.  Located at 586 East Town Street in Columbus, OH.

Kern-Harrington House / Museum

The 1860s Kern-Harrington House was previously the home of the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society and their museum.  The house is historically significant but the society has moved the museum into the Ealy House.  Located at 107 E. Granville Street in Plain Township, Franklin County, OH.

Mid Ohio Historical Museum

Known as the Doll and Toy Museum, the museum features thousands of dolls, antique to modern and toy collections.  Located at 700 Winchester Pike in Canal Winchester, OH.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame

The Museum is focused on the preservation of motorcycling heritage.  Located at 13515 Yarmouth Drive in Pickerington, OH.

Motts Military Museum

The Motts Military Museum features historical artifacts, items and documents related to the military past of America.  Located at 5075 South Hamilton Road in Groveport, OH.

The National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame

[Gallery of Photos]

The museum is all about the history of barbering.  Collections include barber poles, barber chairs, barbering tools and lots of other antique items related to the barbering profession.  Located at 2 South High Street in Canal Winchester, OH.

Northwest Franklin County Historical Society Village & Museum

[Village Tours]  [Library & Archives]

The Historic Village is a collection of historic structures including Hilliards Tran Station, a school house, a log cabin, a chapel, a granary , barn and more.  A museum features exhibits and displays of historical items related to the history of NW Franklin County, Ohio.  There are various events throughout the year.  Located near the heart of downtown Old Hilliard on the grounds of Weaver Park.

Ohio Craft Museum

The museum is a program of Ohio Designer Craftsmen featuring exhibits of crafts and art designed by fine craft artists.  Located at 1665 W. Fifth Avenue in Columbus, OH.

Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden

[Virtual Tours]

Tours are available of the stately residence on most Tuesdays and tours must be scheduled at least one week in advance.  To schedule a tour, fill out a tour request form.  Located at 358 North Parkview Avenue in Columbus, OH.

Ohio History Center

Operated by the Ohio Historical Society, the museum features historical artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Ohio along with rich resources for genealogists and researchers. Ohio Village is also operated by the Ohio Historical Society. Located at 800 E. 17th Avenue in Columbus, OH.

Ohio Railway Museum

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Devoted to the preservation and operation of historic railway equipment, the museum features antique streetcars, train cars, and antique locomotives.  The museum is one of the oldest railway museums in the United States and is located at 990 Proprietors Road in historic Worthington, OH.

The Ohio Statehouse

[Virtual Tour]

Built in 1861, the Ohio Statehouse is a Greek Revival styled structure and is one of the oldest working statehouses in the United States.  It also houses  museum devoted to the history of Ohio.  Guided Tours are offered daily.  Located at 1 Capitol Square in Columbus, OH.

Ohio Village

Operated by the Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Village is a living history village depicting what life was like in Ohio during the mid-19th century.  Located at 800 E 17th Avenue in Columbus, OH.

Old Carnegie Library Museum

The Old Carnegie Library was built in 1916 and today serves as a museum maintained by the Pickering-Violet Township Historical Society.  The museum is filled with historic artifacts, memorabilia, antique items and documents related to the history of of Pickering and Violet Ohio.  Located in the Historic Olde Pickerington Village at 15 E. Columbus Street in Pickerington, OH.

Orange Johnson House Museum

The Orange-Johnson House is one of the oldest homes (dating to 1811) still standing in it's original location in central Ohio.  The house is furnished with period furnishings, some of which are connected to early Worthington families and activities.  Located at 956 High Street in Worthington, OH.

Thurber House

Devoted to sharing the legacy of James Thurber, the Thurber House is a living museum open to the public.  Located at 77 Jefferson Avenue in Columbus, OH.





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