Hours and Admission






Cleveland History Center Museum Hours:


Admission on Sunday 11/11 is FREE for Veterans and Active Duty service members!


10825 East Boulevard | Cleveland, Ohio 44106 | 216-721-5722

The Cleveland History Center houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents and artifacts from a variety of collections. Through the use of its vast and varied collections in the areas of family history, community history, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation, Cleveland History Center provides the public with a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society, and a base for learning about invention and ingenuity that can be transferred into modern economic expansion.

Each document and artifact tells a story that personally engages individuals, young and old. These stories come alive through the exhibits at the Cleveland History Center. Exhibits include Cleveland Starts Here®,  the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, Bingham-Hanna Mansion, Hay-McKinney Mansion, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Mad For Plaid, Carl & Louis Stokes Making History and Kidzibits Playzone.

Public Hours:

Tuesday through Sunday: 10am to 5pm.

Monday: Closed

Research Library Hours:

Thursday – Saturday: Open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


Last carousel ride is at 4:45.

Please note, we are closed the following holidays:

Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

We are OPEN President’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day



  • Adults – $10.00
  • Seniors –  $9.00
  • Veterans – $7.00
  • Children (ages 3-12) – $5.00
  • Children 2 and under – Free
  • WRHS Members – Free
  • Active Military – Free

Two carousel rides are included with every paid admission!

Discount admission rates available for groups of 12 or more, contact hcgroupsales@wrhs.org to make your reservation.

Purchase your tickets in advance here.


Located behind the Cleveland History Center, off Magnolia Drive.
Public Parking Hours | Tuesday-Sunday 7:00 am-6:00 pm

Parking Rates

  • First 2 Hours – $8
  • Each Additional 30 Minutes – $1
  • Daily Max – $15

WRHS Members – $5/car flat rate (during museum hours only. Must show membership card at admission desk for discount.)

Parking Rates After Hours | Tuesday-Sunday 6:01 pm-6:59 am | Monday all day/night

  • Flat Rate – $10
    Please note: If you pay in lane, we accept credit card only

Hay-McKinney Mansion Tours


Guided Tours of the Hay-McKinney Mansion

Tuesday – Sunday:

                Two Floors Tour: 12:00pm, 3:00pm

                Architecture Tour: 1:00pm

(Tours meet in the Museum Store.)

Hay-McKinney Mansion First Floor Self Guide:

Open 10:00am – 5:00pm – see staff for entry

Learn about our exhibits here: https://www.wrhs.org/explore/exhibits/


Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The 2018 program will begin on Saturday, May 26, 2018 and end on Monday, September 3, 2018

Who is eligible for free museum admission through Blue Star Museums?

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. If you are a retiree or veteran, please reach out to the museum you plan to visit directly; many times they offer reduced or special rates for our retiree or veteran population.

How many military personnel and/or family members are allowed in free per visit?

The military ID holder and up to five family members. The military ID holder can be either active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.

Find Your Adventure through the NPS Ohio & Erie Canalway Passport Program.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway (a National Heritage site) and the Western Reserve Historical Society are proud to be a part of the Canalway Passport Program.

The Passport Program is designed to encourage visitation and interest in the National Park Service sites and its affiliates. Visitors can purchase a Passport book which provides a place to collect commemorative stamps and park cancellations. Cancellation stamps are free of charge, and will be available at interesting venues throughout the Ohio & Erie Canalway, including the Cleveland History Center.

As the Canalway’s Passport site at University Circle, participants of this program are welcome to visit our museum store and get their passport stamped.

Learn more about the passport program here


Research Library at the Cleveland History Center


Housed within the Cleveland History Center, the Research Library is an amazing resource for the academic and the family history researcher. Collections spanning national and local history and genealogy are available in person or online. The millions of records, photos and papers held in the collection document the rich history of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, once known as the Connecticut Western Reserve. Admission includes access to the entire Cleveland History Center. Library tours are available upon request.

Public Hours: Open: Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm   |   Closed: Sunday – Wednesday

Please note, we are closed the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission: WRHS Members and Active Military – Free | Adults – $10.00 | Seniors –  $9.00 | Veterans – $7.00 | Children (ages 3-12) – $5.00 | Children 2 and under – Free

Hale Farm & Village Hours

2686 Oak Hill Road | PO Box 296 | Bath, Ohio 44210 | 330-666-3711

Fall Image of Hale Farm

An outdoor living history museum featuring life and crafts from the mid-1800s. It includes farm animals, pastures, gardens, and historic houses with historical interpreters dressed in period costume.

Public Hours:  Please note, we are closed the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

  • Summer Season ( June through August) – Wednesday through Sunday – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Closed – Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Fall Season (September and October) – Open Weekends Only! | Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Open for School Groups by Appointment
  • Late Fall, Winter and Spring Hours – Open to the Public by Reservation Only November 1st – May 31st
    November through May – Open for School Groups by appointment
    Open for Special Programming

Admission: WRHS Members and Active Military – Free | Adults – $10.00 | Children (ages 3-12) – $5.00 | Children 2 and under – Free

Discount rates available for groups of 15 or more | Contact halereservations@wrhs.org

Consider taking the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on your next trip! Click here to purchase tickets that include the train and Hale Farm & Village admission.