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Support the Museum by sponsoring our artifacts!

Adopt An Artifact, Ohio Historical Society

The Ohio Historical Society museum collections consist of approximately 1,600,000 objects divided into three broad categories: archaeology, natural history and history. The collections support the Society's mission to preserve and encourage the study of all aspects of history related to Ohio and its cultural and natural environments. These artifacts also support exhibit and educational services programs that interpret Ohio's unique heritage to the statewide, national and international visitors.

Now you can support the ongoing mission of the Ohio Historical Society by “adopting” one of your own favorite artifacts. Delight a friend or loved one by adopting an artifact in his or her honor or show your pride in Ohio’s history by adopting one for yourself. Funds raised by the “Adopt an Artifact” program will go to support the ongoing mission of the Ohio Historical Society, through the care and preservation of collections, educational programming, research, and daily operations.

What do you get when you Adopt an Artifact?
When you adopt an artifact at the Ohio Historical Society we will send you (or the recipient of your choice) an electronic adoption packet which contains: a personalized certificate of adoption, a fact sheet with a photograph and information about the significance of your artifact, and free admission to the museum on "Adopt an Artifact" day!

School groups can also “adopt” an artifact and continue learning about its wonder back in the classroom.

All “adoptions” will be for the period of one year from the time of adoption.

What artifacts are available to adopt?
The staff of OHS want to share our excitement of launching the Adopt an Artifact program with Conway the Mastodon, one of the largest artifacts on display at the Ohio Historical Center.

More objects will be added throughout the year.

What is the cost to Adopt an Artifact?
Levels of adoption begin at $35. Find out more about the levels of adoption here.

This is a green program, meaning all paper work is sent electronically to adopters. Physical adoption packets can be requested for an additional processing fee.

Adoption Levels

$35 Level
  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Detailed fact sheet with information about your artifact
  • Free admission for two to the “Adopt an Artifact Day”
$100 Level
  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Detailed fact sheet with information about your artifact
  • Free admission for two to the “Adopt an Artifact Day”
  • Access to special programming with Curators and Interpreters on “Adopt an Artifact Day”

How to Adopt
Currently you can adopt an object at the Ohio Historical Society through our gift shop at the Ohio Historical Center, online at the OhioHistoryStore or by mail. Fill out our Adoption Form (Acrobat PDF requires Acrobat reader) and mail it in to:

Adopt an Artifact
Ohio Historical Society
1982 Velma Ave
Columbus, OH 43211

Got Questions?
We have answers! Call us at 1 (800) 446-2552 or email us at for more information.

Thank you for your interest in The Ohio Historical Society!

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