Cleveland History Center Museum Hours:
Experience Cleveland like never before at the Cleveland History Center, headquarters for the Western Reserve Historical Society(WRHS). Through the use of its vast and varied collections covering 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.
Each document and artifact tells a story that personally engages guests of all ages. These stories come alive through the exhibits and programs at the Cleveland History Center. From the very first map of Cleveland to LeBron James’ championship shoes, guests will journey through Cleveland’s history from 1796 to today. Take a ride on the historic Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, walk through two historic mansions, get behind the wheel of Cleveland’s automotive history when you visit the exhibits in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, and discover one of the most comprehensive costumes and textiles collections in the nation when you visit the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing.
Cleveland Starts Here®. Cleveland Starts with You!
Tuesday through Sunday: 10am to 5pm.
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 (62+) – $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 firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
(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 museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. For more information on Blue Star Museums, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence have agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019. Read more here. They also provided a letter in support of Blue Star Museums in 2018.
The 2019 Blue Star Museums program will begin on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and end on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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.