"The mission of
County Museum (http://www.allencountymuseum.org) and
Allen County Historical Society is to provide a meaningful
representation of the history of Allen County, Ohio and surrounding
region through visual displays and written educational materials
of interest and significance to scholars and the general public."
Allen County Museum and the Allen County Historical Society
are two entities. The Museum, a county owned and staffed public
building, houses the headquarters and collections of the Historical
Society. In addition, it contains an auditorium available
for rental by individuals and organizations for special meetings,
lectures, recitals, and exhibitions. The Museum is an educational
establishment operated for the community's betterment, and
open regularly to the public.
The Museum originally opened in 1908 with
space supplied in Memorial Hall and moved to its present site
on West Market Street in 1956. In 1976 an addition was built
by the county and dedicated as the James A. MacDonell Museum
Displays within the Allen County Museum
show why Lima was once known as the "Oil capital of the
world," as well as how the locomotive industry thrived
in and influenced this region.
- A comprehensive prehistoric and historic
Native American collection
- Pioneer room settings
- Turn of the century country store, doctor's
office, and barber shop
- Antique firearms
- An extensive assemblage of vehicles,
such as: an 1830 covered wagon, a carriage, a sleigh, a
horse-drawn hearse, bicycles, tricycles, velocipedes, motorcycles,
a 1909 Locomobile in mint condition, a World War I Liberty
truck, and electric car
- A steam and electric railroad collection
including a scale model considered one of the finest in
- Fire fighting equipment
- An entire room devoted to minerals
- Fossils, especially of Western Ohio
- Rare glass and china
- Old musical instruments including a restored
page theater pipe organ
- "Noah's Ark" - a 1901 mechanized
- An oriental room which includes a rare,
gold oriental household shrine
- The Faurot Opera House: A mechanized
exhibit describing Lima's grandest building in 1882, the
"finest opera house between Boston and Denver"
- And much, much more!
The Allen County Museum is accredited by
the American Association of Museums and is one of the finest
county museums in the Country. Hours of operation are 1:00
to 5:00 P.M. every day except Monday and national holidays.
Volunteer guides are on duty every afternoon and also at other
hours for prearranged tours.
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