Akron Museums & History

Akron Museums & HistoryLearn about the City of Invention’s past as well as the contemporary culture when you explore the many museums in Akron. Several of these museums are smaller in nature and have very unique, specific focuses, such as fashion or marbles. Use our list to find some of the most interesting preservations of the past!

Akron Art Museum
The current Akron Art Museum houses the city’s largest collection of art. This institute grew from a single gallery in the basement of a public library to a not inconsiderable 20,000-square-foot building. See shows and galleries displaying work from national and international collections, as well as a permanent collection of artworks from 1850 to 1950 and 1950 to today.

Address: 1 S High St., Akron, OH 44308 - MAP
Phone: (330) 376-9185
Web: www.akronartmuseum.org

Invent Now Museum
Formerly the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the current Invent Now Museum recognizes great inventors and contributors to progress in its 2,000-square-foot multimedia gallery. View rotating exhibits related to innovations, trademarks and patents, including artifacts from the Patent and Trademark Office, which have influenced our daily lives.

Address: 221 S Broadway St., Akron, OH 44308 - MAP
Phone: (330) 762-4463
Web: invent.org

The Hower House
Step back in time at the Hower House, a 28-room Victorian Mansion built in 1871 by John Henry Hower. This Akron Industrialist’s mansion remained well preserved and eventually was declared a National Historic Landmark. Take a public or private tour to see the collection of Victorian-era treasures and furnishings that have been collected over the decades.

Address: 60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44334 - MAP
Phone: (330) 972-6909
Web: www.hower.org

American Marble & Toy Museum
Kids and collectors will find the American Marble & Toy Museum fascinating. This specialty toy museum displays one of the largest assortments of mass-produced marble toys, ranging from traditional round marbles to collectible miniatures and statues. See the birth of the modern American toy industry in the City of Invention, traced back to the original automated factory in 1884 through displays and exhibits.

Address: 200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308 - MAP
Web: americantoymarbles.com

MAPS Air Museum
Love jets and planes? Don’t miss the MAPS Air Museum, a volunteer driven museum that displays a huge aircraft collection. Run by the Military Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS), this aviation museum specializes in preserving, restoring and showcasing aircraft from the US National Guard from its beginning up until today. See everything from an F-14 Tomcat to a Cobra Helicopter and even a Goodyear blimp!

Address: 2260 International Pkwy, North Canton, OH 44720 - MAP
Phone: (330) 896-6332
Web: mapsairmuseum.org

The Mathews House Museum
If you find yourself in Amish Country, be sure to stop by the Mathews House Museum. Immerse yourself in the past when you visit this heritage center. This restored home was built in 1836 and has been refurbished to represent the typical home in Northeastern Ohio from between the years 1890 to 1913.

Address: 123 High Street Northwest, Navarre, OH - MAP
Phone: (330) 879-5938
Web: www.oacountry.com

The Kent State University Fashion Museum
View a collection of fashion that spans centuries and continents at the Kent State University Fashion Museum. This specialty museum focuses on design and merchandising in clothing, furniture, textiles and decorative arts. See the evolution of fashion displayed alongside the latest contemporary designs from around the globe.

Address: 515 Hilltop Dr., Ohio 44242 - MAP
Phone: (330) 672-3450
Web: www.kent.edu

Hale Farm & Village
Located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Hale Farm & Village was originally the homestead of Jonathan Hale in 1825. The current historic property has been developed into a living history museum surrounded by a recreated village called Wheatfield, with first-person narrations, time-frame reenactments and demonstrations about 19th century daily life.

Address: 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, OH 44210 - MAP
Phone: (330) 666-3711
Web: www.wrhs.org