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Summer Fun at Ohio Village

Open June 2 - September 2

Wed. – Sat.: 10 am – 5 pm, Sun.: 12 pm – 5 pm

Free with museum admission (excludes special events with separate admission).

Entrance to the Ohio Village will be through the Ohio History Center.

This summer Ohioans have the opportunity to experience the Ohio Village—a re-created mid nineteenth century Ohio town—in a new way from when the doors first opened in 1974. Through a combination of costumed characters, cell phone tours, interpretive panels and the always popular play areas, families will be free to roam through the Village to learn and experience on their own. “We are excited for Ohioans to once again enjoy Ohio Village and to be the creators of their own personal experiences with the past,” said Burt Logan, executive director of the Ohio Historical Society.

Activities and events change daily, so there’s always something new to discover.

  • Civil War period experiences
  • Muffins Base Ball
  • Echoes in Time Theatre performances
  • Self-guided tours
  • Interactive, hands-on activities
  • Annual Glorious Fourth Celebration
  • 19th-century family games and more!

July 4 Parade in Village 2011 - OHS Photo In addition to the daily experiences of the Village, several Discount Days will take place on Saturdays throughout the summer during which half price admission specials will be offered. June 2 will be Senior Day for visitors 65 and older. Scouting Day is June 16 for scouts, leaders and their chaperones. July 21 is Military Day for active duty and retired services members and their families. August 11 is Educator Day. While teachers receive free admission to the Ohio History Center, other education professionals will receive half off on Educator Day. Base Ball Day is September 1 for anyone, youth or adult wearing uniform, cap or shirts supporting their favorite team.

Community Days are also planned for July 21 and August 18. Discount coupons will be available at public libraries and other locations in neighborhoods near the Ohio History Center.

Summer Echoes in Time Theatre presentations will continue in the Village on Saturdays at 1 and 3 p.m. The June presentation will be "The Company Store, Tommy Knockers, Owing my Soul: an Ohio coal miners tale." July’s topic is "Reminiscences of Civil War Topographer." During August, enjoy a ‘best of’ Echoes in Time with a different historical character each week.

Some upcoming events are:

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ohio Village, Columbus
Featured Event of the 2012 Summer Season: Civil War Encampment and USCT Community Picnic
Enjoy Civil War music, games, drills and demonstrations throughout Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community. You're also invited to bring your own picnic lunch to Ohio Village and join civilians and United States Colored Troops (USCT) reenactors as they honor the Ohio black soldiers of the 5th USCT following an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony at Columbus's Greenlawn Cemetery. This is an open picnic for all servicemen and women, veterans of our armed forces, Civil War reenactors and community supporters of the men of the USCT, who gave their lives for freedom and citizenship.

Free with Ohio History Center museum admission: $10/adult (13-59), $9/senior (60+), $5/youth (6-12), Free/Ohio Historical Society member, Free/child (age 5 and under). The Ohio History Center is a Blue Star Museum; active-duty servicemen and women qualify for free admission to this event. Visit for details. All other military servicemen and women and their families get special half-off admission to the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village on July 21 as do community visitors with special July 21 half-off vouchers. 614.297.2662.

Event Sponsor
104.9 The River
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Mott’s Military Museum
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Civil War Encampment and USCT Community Picnic - OHS Photo

Muffins Baseball Team The Ohio Village Muffins and the Lady Diamonds, 19th-century baseball teams, are fielded by Ohio Historical Society volunteers. The Ohio Village Muffins, founded in 1981, have been featured in Sports Illustrated and the Wall Street Journal, and on National Public Radio and ABC-TV's Good Morning America. The matches begin in May and continue into September. Please check the Muffins' schedule for home games.

Event Parking A parking fee may apply to events not sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society. Please check event description.

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Ohio Village is located just off of I-71 on 17th Avenue (exit 111) about four miles north of downtown Columbus in Franklin County. After exiting I-71, take the first right off of 17th Avenue, make a slight right almost immediately into the Ohio Historical Society parking lot and continue along the perimeter road to the northside of the Ohio Historical Center where the Ohio Village is located. Please note that online directions using the Ohio Historical Society's address below will take you to the back of the Ohio Historical Center and Ohio Village. There are no public entrances to either facility from Velma Avenue.

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General Information

Ohio Village
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

614-297-2300 Ohio Historical Center Museum
614-297-2663 Group Tours


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Ohio Historical Society strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.
Site is wheelchair accessible. Limited wheelchair access to restrooms.

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