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Campus Martius

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"The Iroquois called the river "Ohio" and the name was later translated by the French as "the Beautiful---La Belle Riviere." Not a beautiful river, mind you, but the beautiful, with no fear that it might be confused with any other. "

photo of WP Snyder on the Ohio River, OHS photo Marietta, Ohio is proud of its riverboat heritage and at the Ohio River Museum visitors can discover the golden age of the steamboat, and learn more about the ecology of the Ohio River system. The Ohio River Museum consists of three exhibit buildings, the first of which houses displays depicting the origins and natural history of the Ohio River. The history of the steamboat on the Ohio River system is featured in the second building, along with a video presentation on river steamboats. The last building features displays about boat building, mussels in the Ohio River system, and tool and equipment from the steamboat era.

Ohio River Museum Outside the museum, on the Muskingum River, visitors can take an escorted tour of the W. P. SNYDER JR.-- the last intact steam-powered "pool-type" stern-wheeled towboat in the United States. Other exhibits on the museum grounds include the pilothouse from the steamboat the TELL CITY as well as a full-scale reproduction of a flatboat from Ohio's early settlement period. Also on site are a series of poles showing the heights of some of the worst floods to hit the area in its recorded history: the 1884 flood at 54.5 feet, the 1898 flood at 49.6 feet, the 1907 flood at 52.1 feet, the flood of 1913 at 60.3 feet, and the 1937 flood at 55 feet.

If you are planning a visit to the Ohio River Museum, also make time to see Campus Martius the Museum of the Northwest Territory, just a three minute walk from the Ohio River Museum.

Hours: April 1 September 5 Labor Day

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
(Memorial Day,July 4, Labor Day)
12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Holidays

* Groups by appointment

Hours: September October

Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m - 5:00 p.m.

* Tours by appointment

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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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The Ohio River Museum is at the intersection of Front and St. Clair streets at 601 Front Street in Marietta in Washington County. It is one block west of Campus Martius.

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General Information

Ohio River Museum
601 Front Street
Marietta, OH 45750

740.373.3750 (Campus Martius Museum)
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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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.

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