History, Heritage, & Science Museums

America’s Packard Museum

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Dayton • 937-226-1710

America’s Packard Museum in Dayton is the world’s only restored Packard Dealership operating as a museum and the only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car company, its products and philosophies.

 

Bear’s Mill

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Greenville • 937-548-5112

Built in 1849, Bear’s Mill is one of the few operating water-powered grist mills in Ohio today. In addition to tours and grinding demonstrations, the Mill houses a Mill Store featuring stoneground flours and meals, kitchen accessories, and gourmet products. The Mill Gallery features the “Art at the Mill” series, exhibiting paintings, sculpture, and photography of artists through the Ohio Valley.

 

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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Dayton • 937-275-7431

The mission of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.

 

The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum

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Bradford • 937-552-2196

The Bradford Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Bradford, Ohio’s railroad heritage. The railroad was once a significant part of Bradford’s economy, employing many who manned the trains and worked in the switching yards and the roundhouse where steam locomotives were kept and serviced between runs. The museum has restored Bradford’s former Pennsylvania Railroad BF interlocking tower and opened a museum in the former bank building.

 

The British Transportation Museum

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Dayton • 937-546-0039

The British Transportation Museum is an all-volunteer nonprofit with a mission of preservation and education about British transportation. They have an eclectic, ever-growing collection of 40 cars, 15 bicycles, an Irish boat, memorabilia, and a library. Founded 18 years ago, the Museum just moved into its new 83,000-square-foot home last year. This is the only effort of this kind in the Americas focused on British transportation.

 

Carillon Historical Park

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Dayton • 937-293-2841

Carillon Historical Park serves as the main campus for Dayton History, the official historical organization of Montgomery County, and boasts multiple historical sites in the Dayton area, including Hawthorn Hill, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, the Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, Memorial Hall, and the Archive Center. The organization brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting, and promoting the region’s past.

   

 

Centerville-Washington History

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Centerville • 937-433-0123

Centerville-Washington History is a collection of early stone buildings built in the 1800’s in Centerville and Washington Township: the Walton House Museum, the Asahel Wright Museum, and the Aaron Nutt Cottage Archive and Research Center. Centerville-Washington History’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage and history of the local community.

 

Dayton International Peace Museum

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Dayton • 937-227-3223

The Dayton International Peace Museum is a nonprofit, primarily volunteer organization whose educational programs and exhibits are non-partisan and feature themes of nonviolent conflict resolution, social justice issues, international relations, and peace. Many of its present exhibits and activities feature local, national, and international ”Peace Heroes.” Dayton’s history is honored as the center for the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords.

 

Fort Ancient

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Lebanon • 937-268-8199

Situated on a bluff 235 feet above the Little Miami River Valley, the Museum at Fort Ancient presents an overarching view of 15,000 years of Ohio history, while the prehistoric-themed garden offers a glimpse into how the prehistoric peoples of the area survived.

 

Garst Museum

http://www.garstmuseum.org
Greenville • 937-548-5250

The Garst Museum spans over 35,000 square feet and features vibrant exhibits about remarkable individuals who hailed from Darke County, Ohio: Lowell Thomas, CBS broadcaster and explorer; Annie Oakley, world famous sharpshooter; and Zachary Lansdowne, commander of the USS Shenandoah. The museum also houses an extensive exhibit honoring Native American history, Fort Greene Ville, the signing of The Greene Ville Peace Treaties, and the fascinating series of events that occurred in Darke County, Ohio, during the late 18th century which ultimately opened the gates to the west. These events are represented in the Crossroads of Destiny exhibit.

 

Heritage Center of Clark County

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Springfield • 937-324-0657

The City Building & Market, built in 1890, is now home to the Heritage Center. The Heritage Center extends an entire city block and houses a museum that faithfully recounts the history of America’s Heartland with exhibits to fascinate all ages. Known by architectural aficionados for its stunning Richardsonian Romanesque design, the Heritage Center hosts approximately 30,000 visitors each year. Admission to the museum is free. The Heritage Center also maintains a library and archives for historical research.

 

Johnston Farm & Indian Agency

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Piqua • 937-773-2522

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency tells the story of the early events that helped shape Ohio. From the establishment of the Pickawillany village in 1747 to Camp Piqua in 1862, visitors can walk where the participants walked. Against the backdrop of the home and farm of Col. John Johnston, the Woodland Indian and Canal Museum, and a restored stretch of the Miami and Erie Canal, the past of both Ohio and the Upper Miami Valley is preserved and brought to life for visitors.

 

Miami Valley Veterans Museum

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Troy • 937-451-1455

The Miami Valley Veterans Museum honors and preserves the memory of local veterans through a museum dedicated to their contributions to creating and protecting the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy. The museum serves as an educational tool that teaches youth about our military involvement throughout the world.

 

Miamisburg Historical Society

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Miamisburg • 937-866-1784

The Miamisburg Historical Society operates Heritage Village in downtown Miamisburg, which includes the Gebhart Tavern Museum, the Kercher Pioneer Home, and the Gebhart Smokehouse. The Heritage Village is open May through October on Sundays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. There are docents, often in costume, to give tours and the history of the buildings.

 

Miamisburg Mound Park

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Miamisburg • 937-866-3303

The Miamisburg Mound is the best known but least understood major prehistoric Indian feature in Ohio. It is the largest conical shaped earthwork of its kind in the United States and possibly the world.

 

Mound Science and Energy Museum

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Miamisburg • 937-353-4457

Mound Laboratory holds a significant place in the history of the Nuclear and Space Age. The Mound Science and Energy Museum collects, preserves, and makes publicly accessible the remaining heritage of the Mound Laboratory, its workers, and its site.

 

Museum of Troy History

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Troy • 937-216-6925

The Museum of Troy History promotes education about the history of Troy, Ohio, and Miami County, Ohio, from 1850 to the present by providing a museum to collect and display appropriate artifacts and present general public and youth-oriented programs in co-operation with the Troy Historical Society. A rich history of Troy, Ohio, is housed in the restored pre–Civil War house of John Kitchen. Rotating displays depict lifestyle themes in Troy and Miami County between 1850 and the present.

 

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC)

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Wilberforce • 937-376-4944

The NAAMCC is the first national museum dedicated to Afro-American history and culture. Opened in 1988, the museum has received the enthusiastic support of hundreds of individuals throughout the nation who have donated family treasures to the Center, developing one of the nation’s largest collections of Afro-American materials.

 

National Museum of the US Air Force

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Dayton • 937-255-3286

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum, featuring more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles, thousands of personal artifacts, and photographs that document the Air Force timeline from the beginnings of military flight to today’s war on terrorism.

 

Overfield Tavern Museum

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Troy • 937-335-4019

Built in 1808, the tavern was once the center of activities in the small settlement community of Troy, Ohio. It now contains a rare collection of early nineteenth-century furniture, household items, and artifacts representing the types of items that travelers would have brought with them to the area. The museum annex houses an art gallery, a classroom for visiting school groups, and a library.

 

Pennsylvania House Museum

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Springfield • 937-322-7668

Springfield was once known as the end of the Historic National Road. The Pennsylvania House Tavern & Inn was an important stopover for livestock drovers and pioneers traveling by foot, on horseback, or in Conestoga wagons during the nineteenth-century westward expansion of the United States. The 24-room building, built in 1839, now houses an extensive display of antique furnishings, antique dolls, and one of the largest antique button collections in the United States.

 

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

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Dayton • 937-268-8199

The mission of SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park is to protect, preserve, and research the cultural remains of the SunWatch National Historic Landmark archaeological site and to serve as a visitor and educational center for archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site.

 

Tippecanoe Historical Museum

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Tipp City • 937-667-4092

The Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum is located in a building that housed Tipp’s post office from 1929 to 1939. The museum opened its doors in 1991 and showcases the history, companies, and artifacts that are relevant to Tipp City.

 

Veterans Memorial Museum

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Germantown • 937-855-4763

The Veterans Memorial Museum Foundation (VMMF) is a nonprofit institution dedicated to preserving the honor and sacrifice of our Armed Forces Veterans through the preservation of their oral and written histories and their personal artifacts.

 

WACO Air Museum

wacoairmuseum.org
Troy • 937-335-9226

The WACO Aircraft Company was the largest manufacturer of civil aircraft in the country in the late 1920s and early ‘30s and the designer of the CG4A glider used in WWII. Two hangars of aircraft and memorabilia are examples of that factory and the employees who made it great. The WACO Learning Center actively works to nurture aviation’s future by promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the education of students and teachers.

 

Warren County Historical Society and Museum

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Lebanon • 513-932-1817

The Warren County Historical Society is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit located in Lebanon, Ohio. WCHS owns and operates three historic properties in downtown Lebanon: the Warren County History Center, Glendower Historic Mansion, and the Old Post Office, aka the Lebanon Conference & Banquet Center. The Historical Society was founded in 1940 and is considered to be one of the top 10 regional history, art, and culture museums in the country.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House

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Springfield • 937-327-9291

Completed in 1908, the Westcott House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Prairie Style home in Ohio and one of the country’s finest Wright house museums. The Westcott House underwent a $5.3 million restoration in 2005, and each of its features—from art glass and original hardware to hand-decorated walls and massive urns—has been returned to its 1908 appearance. Docent-led tours are available Tuesday through Sunday. For more information visit westcotthouse.org.

 

Wright “B” Flyer Inc.

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Miamisburg • 937-885-2327

Wright “B” Flyer Inc. is an all-volunteer membership-based nonprofit based at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. The group flies and displays look-alikes of the Wright Brothers’ first production airplane, the Wright Model B Flyer. The group’s hangar at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport is open three days a week as a free museum about the Wright Brothers and their role in the development of aviation.