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Wood County Historical Museum Bowling Green

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Wood County Historical Museum
13660 County Home Rd.
Bowling Green
OH
43402
Tel: 419-352-0967

Directions

I-75 to exit 179, go east on Rt. 6 (towards Fremont) for a quarter-mile, then turn right on County Home Road. Parking Lot around the bend on the left.

Where are we going today?

There is SO much fascinating history within the USA, but each state has it's own stories, and own fascinating history itself - so let's start with Ohio!

The Wood County Historical Museum features hands-on exhibits that can teach you all about the history of the county, but the state itself!

Even the location is seeped in history! The museum is the former site of the Wood County Poor Farm, which used to be a therapeutic rehabilitation. Now, many of those original structures still stand today, including the ice house which was built from materials that were from the old county jail, the hog barn, and even the asylum! 

Inside these walls, there are over 30 exhibits that cover a range of historic topics. These range from the local Native Indians, to the fascinating Great Black Swamp.

There are exhibits which are more suitable for the older kids, such as a historical look at the American Mental Illness, and diseases contracted within the asylum, but the history is fascinating for the older kids and parents. 

If you want to enjoy the beautiful Ohio countryside, then check out the 50 acre grounds and herb garden that surround the Wood County Historical Museum. Great for walks and picnics!

A amazing history to be explored in an unusual setting for your Ohio family day out

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5
  • Children$1 suggested donation
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 4pm weekdays / 1pm - 4pm weekends

Closed major holidays

Teachers corner

They offer guided tours for all grade levels, that can be catered to your needs! The grounds are perfect for programs and camps too! They can also bring the history to your classroom to incorporate into your lesson plans!.

I'm Hungry!

There are picnic tables on the grounds where you can enjoy your own lunches and snacks!.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you check the calendar because there are great events across the year, including FREE family days!.

Doing our bit

They are doing their bit to preserve and interpret local history and provide and fun and educational outlet for generations..

Need a little extra help?

The Historical Center is a big place and it takes a lot of volunteers to help keep it in order! Speak to the staff if you have any questions about accessibility!.

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop carries local history books, postcards, and artwork. Themes include Civil War, gardening, and haunted Ohio. Spooky!.

What people are saying?

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    I was really surprised by this museum. I expected just simple local history and discovered a full historical museum with thoughtfully curated exhibits. I took the kids (8 and 5) and they loved it too! The stand-outs for us were the presidential campaign buttons, the I Love the 80's interactive exhibit, the art deco room, the general store, the one-room schoolhouse, the herb garden, and the traditional hand-cut log cabin. I will -plan on being there for longer next time as we were not able to see everything in the two hours we were there. A great...Read More

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    There is so much to see and discover - the exhibits are well organized and all different. We find ourselves fascinated by something new every time we visit. A must-see in Northern Ohio!

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by Jamie Sands

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I was really surprised by this museum. I expected just simple local history and discovered a full historical museum with thoughtfully curated exhibits. I took the kids (8 and 5) and they loved it too! The stand-outs for us were the presidential campaign buttons, the I Love the 80's interactive exhibit, the art deco room, the general store, the one-room schoolhouse, the herb garden, and the traditional hand-cut log cabin. I will -plan on being there for longer next time as we were not able to see everything in the two hours we were there. A great midwestern treasure!

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