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Ohio commemorates its history and heritage in a wide array of well-regarded museums.
In Dayton, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has a vast number of exhibits. Aircraft on display include planes from World War II, the Korean War, conflicts in southeast Asia, and the Cold War. You can also see missiles and spacecraft. In Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has exhibits on the British invasion and tons of memorabilia from famous artists. If you love “A Christmas Story” then you should see the A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, which is filled with artifacts and reminders from the film. Grid iron fans will go nuts at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, which is full of cool memorabilia from America’s favorite sport.
The Cincinnati Museum Center has a wonderful children’s museum and a giant screen theater. Learn about those who escaped from the slave trade at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and learn about a former American president at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library. Among the state’s many art museums are the Toledo Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Dayton Art Institute.
Named after historic astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum is located in Wapakoneta in central Ohio – which happens to be Armstrong’s hometown.
The museum opened its doors three years after the moon landing and is dedicated to Ohio’s contributions to the history of space flight.
The museum is operated by the Ohio Historical Society and houses many rare artifacts critical to the exploration of space.
Included in the exhibits are the Gemini VIII spacecraft and the airplane Armstrong learned to fly with.
Home to one of the largest collections of bicycles in the world, the Bicycle Museum of America is located just outside of Wapakoneta in central Ohio. Bicycles on exhibit include elegant and classis styles from the 19th Century – as well as more modern styles from the 1960s and beyond.
Bicycles seen at the museum are on rotation – new bicycles are on display all the time giving the museum a “new” sensability after every visit. The museum has over 1,000 bicycle onsite - with over 300 on display at a time.
First established in 1878, the Columbus Museum of Art is a major fixture of downtown Columbus, and even central Ohio. The museum features artwork by familiar names like Picasso, Degas, Mary Cassatt ,and Norman Rockwell – even some Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures made recognizable by the Franklin Park Conservatory.
Kids enjoy the Eye Spy: Adventures in Art – an interactive and educational exhibit – while hungry ones may visit the Palette Express in the Broad Street lobby. Take advantage of cell phone and group tours – while the bold may try an Experimental Tour.
Rich with central Ohio’s historic origins, the National Road and Zane Grey Museum is a charming stop near Zanesville housing a variety of historic exhibits. The museum is managed by the John and Annie Glenn Museum Foundation – it is open to the public from early May through late October.
The museum preserves the story of Zanesville native Zane Grey – an amateur baseball player, dentist, and celebrated author whose ancestor’s cofounded the town. The National Road, was once referred to as “The Main Street of America”, is also celebrated at the museum.
Established in 1932, the National Museum of the United States Air Force is one of the world’s largest collections of historic aircraft and weaponry.
Located near Dayton in southern Ohio, the museum draws over 1.3 million visitors annually to view its rare aircraft and exhibits showcasing America’s history of flight.
One of the primary attractions associated with the museum is the on-site IMAX Theater presenting aviation and space oriented films regularly to visitors.
The museum also regularly hosts events – a Behind the Scenes Tour, Wings and Things, Space Day, as well as Space Fest – a two-day festival with a multitude of activities.
Located along the shores of beautiful Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a must-see for any music fan.
Visitors to this 150,000 square foot museum browse through seven floors of exhibits, displays, and collections – covering everything from Fats Domino to Woodstock to Metallica.
The artifacts in the museum's 18 permanent exhibits showcase the impact that Rock and Roll music has had on America and around the World.
Be sure to check the museum's Foster Theatre schedule to watch the feature 3-D film.
Take a break at the Rock Hall Cafe for a delicious snack or meal and stop by the Museum Store to browse the selection of merchandise.
Officially dubbed "the Museum of Ceramics" in 1980, the Museum of Ceramics is home to an extensive collection of ceramic exhibits depicting the growth and development of the East Liverpool ceramic industry from 1840 to 1930.
Located near Steubenville in central Ohio, the museum is a perfect destination for fans of ceramic works and regional history. The Museum of Ceramics Foundation locally manages the museum – and also features an onsite gift shop as well as tours and other events.
Opened in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame memorializes the men who have helped make professional football one of the most popular sports in the United States.
One of the most visited galleries in the 83,000 square foot facility is the Hall of Fame Gallery, with bronze statutes and bios of each inductee.
Visit this Canton attraction to see the Pro Football Adventure Room, the Moments, Memories & Mementos Gallery, the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery, the Pro Football Today Gallery, and more.
Browse through the Archives & Information Center to learn more about the sport of football. This is truly a northeastern Ohio must-see for any sports fan.
Established in 1990, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum is located east of Columbus in central Ohio.
The museum is dedicated to the history of motorcycling and to those who have contributed to its storied existence in America.
On display visitors will view a large collection of classic motorcycles and historic motorcycle gear – as well as related memorabilia that further represents the history of motorcycling.
Events like Vintage Motorcycle Days, Legends Weekend, and Breakfast at Daytona are also a large part of the museum’s attractions.