Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), the center for regional history for 153 years, is pleased to announce we will reopen to the public starting in July 2020 . 

Hale Farm & Village, Northeast Ohio’s premier living history museum, will reopen Thursday, July 9, and the Cleveland History Center, home of the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum and Cleveland Starts Here®, sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, will reopen on Friday, July 24.

The first day of reopening at each location is reserved exclusively for WRHS Members. Hours at each museum will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with the first hour reserved daily for at-risk visitors. Advance timed tickets will be required with the final ticket sold at 3pm. Facial masks will be required.

WRHS’s reopening playbook, the Restart Plan, has been developed in close consultation with legal counsel, arts and culture leaders, and following guidance from local health experts, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Ohio’s Responsible Restart Ohio guidance for Consumer, Retail, Services and Entertainment.  Our plan continues to place the highest priority on the health and safety of our employees and guests, including requirements for face coverings for employees and visitors, no contact transactions, advance timed-entry ticket sales, increased access to sanitizing stations, enhanced cleaning protocols, physical distancing signage, and more.

Although museums are permitted to reopen after June 10, restrictions on large crowds remain in place. As a result, large summer events at the Cleveland History Center (CHC) and Hale Farm & Village (HFV) have been cancelled, including Euclid Beach Park Day (CHC), Hale Farm & Village Car Show (HFV), Music in the Valley (HFV), Civil War Reenactment (HFV) and Made in Ohio Arts and Crafts Festival (HFV).  Typically, these events bring large crowds of people into close proximity and are not easily adapted for physical distancing. While our events may look different this year, experiences will continue to be stimulating, educational, and entertaining.

Please check back often for the most up to date information about event and program schedules.

Since March, WRHS has continued to present unique experiences and scholarship through its all new History@Home , an online portal of resources, activities and curriculum for K-12 students, teachers and families, and fun, virtual experiences including gallery tours and exhibits, lecture series, driving tours, blogs, book discussions, how-to videos, and more.
This summer, WRHS presents Women and Politics: Empowered to Vote, Empowered to Lead , sponsored by PNC Bank, a powerful online exhibit that tells the story of the complicated struggle for women’s suffrage and the 100 th anniversary of the 19 th amendment.  The exhibit has been created in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland .

A new, short film, Failure is Impossible , produced by Telos Productions highlights the efforts of a number of women leaders who have fought for equal rights. Intended to complement the new Women and Politics exhibit, WRHS will launch the film virtually to audiences this summer. When we reopen to the public, WRHS will continue to provide a blend of place based and virtual experiences.

Make Your Voice Heard!

WRHS is collecting stories and materials to document the experiences of Northeast Ohioans’ activism and with the coronavirus. This ‘rapid response collecting’ allows WRHS to document history as it happens, giving voice to people in our region, and preserving those stories for future generations. WRHS is nationally renowned for its diversity of collections, and stories from the community allow us to preserve and share history balanced with a variety of perspectives. To learn more and share a story, visit our website: HERE.