Historic Mansions on-site at the Cleveland History Center
The 9-acre site of the History Center includes two historic mansions: the Bingham-Hanna Mansion and the Hay-McKinney Mansion. The Bingham-Hanna Mansion is available for self-guided tours and makes up the front part of the museum, while the Hay-McKinney Mansion is available for guided tours, which are included with general admission to the History Center. See the schedule below and come in for a visit:
Daily Hay-McKinney House Tour Schedule:
Fridays: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
Saturdays: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm
Sundays: 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm
Additionally, the Hay Mansion is open to the public for self-guided walk-throughs.
Space is limited to 12 guests per tour. No reservation is necessary; although, registration in the Museum Store is required the day of your visit. Tours do fill quickly. If you’re bringing a large group, we suggest you call (216) 721-5722 ext. 1108 in advance to reserve your time.
Private group tours with a museum educator are available for a fee. To arrange a group tour with the education department, please call (216) 721-5722 ext. 1405.
A History of Two Homes
The Bingham-Hanna Mansion
Exiting the Crawford Galleries at the History Center, visitors will enter the reception area of the historic Bingham-Hanna mansion, which was built by Harry Price Bingham between 1916 and 1919. Bingham never lived in this luxurious, Italian Renaissance style home he purchased and instead, moved to New York and sold the home to Mrs. Leonard C. Hanna in 1920, who lived here until her death in 1936. The home features thick walnut doors, heavy stone mantels, marble walls, and mosaic floors. The second floor of this mansion currently houses the administrative offices of WRHS staff.
The Hay-McKinney Mansion
This mansion was built in 1911 and is now open to the public for guided tours during their visits to the History Center. It was constructed by the family of diplomat and Washington socialite John Hay. Like many wealthy Clevelanders, the Hays originally lived on Euclid Avenue, or Millionaire’s Row, as it was known. But in the early 1900s, they demolished their home and build a new one, this mansion, in Wade Oval.
Although the Hay family carefully oversaw the home’s construction they, much like Bingham, never moved in. John Hay passed away in 1905 and steel executive Price McKinney bought the property. The home is now furnished with period artifacts from the WRHS collections, ornate yet comfortable. Each room is laid out as it might have been in the late 18th and early 19th century – even the kitchen. Today, the Hay-McKinney Mansion is the only historic house in Cleveland open for guided tours on a regular basis.
See video from Cleveland.com’s story on the Hay-McKinney Mansion by clicking here.