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--George Washington, 1788

Ohio Company Land Office The Campus Martius Museum highlights migration in Ohio's history. The museum is on the site of the fortification built by the Ohio Company of Associates, as their headquarters, in 1788 when they founded the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory. The restored Rufus Putnam house, part of the original fort, is now enclosed within a wing of the museum. Behind the museum is the Ohio Company's Land Office.

Exhibits on the main floor of the museum focus on the early settlement of Marietta and Ohio and contain many of the original pioneer artifacts. The exhibits also explore the prehistoric Indian populations that occupied this area and relations with the historic Indians as the white settlers moved in. Other areas explore such topics as surveying of the land, early government in the old Northwest Territory, and life in early Marietta. A separate area exhibits a variety of material from the Marietta area down through the years, from items of household furnishings, to toys, to tools, to fire prevention equipment.

Campus Martius Museum The focus of the exhibit Paradise Found and Lost: Migration in the Ohio Valley, 1850-1970 goes beyond Ohio's early settlement. It explores two later waves of migration that shaped the state's history: the movement of many rural Ohioans to cities between 1850 and 1910, and the influx of Appalachians from Kentucky and West Virginia into Ohio's industrial centers such as Dayton and Akron between 1910 and 1970.

The exhibit includes 90 objects from OHS collections, ranging from an early mechanized seed drill to a jacket worn during performances by contemporary country music singer Dwight Yoakam, the son of Appalachian emigrants. In addition to artifacts, exhibits contain audio accounts taken from diaries and journals kept by these people on the move, video views of factory and city life, and interactive computer programs showing migration patterns and Ohio's economic development.

A changing exhibit gallery presents temporary exhibits on various topics throughout the year. Please call for the latest scheduled exhibits or look at the Society's calendar.

A classroom allows OHS educators to present workshops as well as providing space for public programs of historical interest.

Hours: Year Round

Monday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open Holidays
(MLK Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day)
12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Holidays
(New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas)

Group Tours

Groups by appointment. Specialized programs for school groups available. Two weeks notice, please.

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FOM or OHS Members Free
Adults $7.00
Adult Combination Pass $9.00
Students K to College (with ID) $4.00
Student Combination Pass $5.00
Children 5 & under Free

Combination Passes are for 1 Day only and include both museums.

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Campus Martius Museum is at the corner of Washington Street (State Route 7) and Second Street in Marietta (Washington County).

The Campus Martius Museum is just one block east and a 3-minute walk from the Ohio River Museum and the towboat W.P. Snyder Jr. Plan to visit both museums while you’re in Marietta.

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General Information

Campus Martius Museum
601 Second Street
Marietta, OH 45750

1-800-860-0145 (toll free)


Site Manager:
L. Hendershot

E-Mail: or

Campus Martius Museum is managed by the Friends of the Museums, Inc., on behalf of the Ohio Historical Society.

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Handicapped Accessibility
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.
The 2nd floor of the Putnam House and the Ohio Company Land Office are not.
One wheelchair is available free for use on site.

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Site Education Programs

This site offers educational programs for school groups. The Ohio History Teacher's Resources Page lists the wide range of subject-focused field trips offered at this site and other Ohio Historical Society sites. Each field trip includes a brief description and location as well as general dates of availability.

Thank you for your interest in the Ohio Historical Society!

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