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620 W Market St, Lima, OH 45801, United States

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REVIEWS OF Allen County Museum IN Ohio

Eric Vealey

Very nice place lots to look at and friendly staff worth checking out!

Glen Strobel

Tim Bowerman

I am a 30 year volunteer for the children's discovery center for the model RR display& totally love what I do!

Don Lachey

A lot of things to see in a smaller museum!

Paul Passananti

Cool place to go. My favorite part was the florescent minerals.

Richard Kimble

Great place to take the kids 4033Lincoln

Great place to learn.

Melanie Morgan

Bri Perkins

Had fun, kids enjoyed themselves

Christine Weldy

Love this place come every Wednesday with the kids


Nice bit of local history. More exhibits than I expected.

George Stup

Great museum, free,free parking.they do take donations. Must see in lima

Ryan Kaverman

Daniel Schulte

Allen County is full of history I did not know. Huge in trains and oil.

th1rt3en the redneck

Love it! Has activities for kids, has amazing galleries and artifacts, very helpfull staff, extremely knowledgeable staff. Has elevator for people that are disabled, free for anyone to go to, but highly recommend leaving a tip.

Joyce Dunham

Lots of interesting history about Lima and Allen county.

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Dennis Morrison

The Allen County Museum in Lima, Ohio is one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States and the only one in Ohio, one of the other top 25 museums is Henry Fords Museum. The Museum has so much to offer, from a Shay Locomotive in the building to a Childrens Discovery Center. A good tour through the museum will take over a hour, don't miss the John Dillenger display, a fine Gun collection and one of the best rock collections, students from Ohio State are required to identify different rocks in the collection as part of their studies. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 1-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm. Closed on Monday and some holidays. Oh, and be sure to visit the McDonnel and log hose next to the museum. There is a $3 charge to view the McDonnel house.

Cheryl Eads

Excellent place to take children or grandchildren

The Rev

Visited this Museum last weekend because we wanted to see the John Dillinger exhibit. we ended up staying much longer because there was so much to see. we had no idea. there are many antique cars, a steam train, military artifacts, taxidermy animals, a quilt exhibit, old furniture, model houses including one of Washington's Mount Vernon. we were very impressed. they don't even ask for money for admission, but we donated money anyway.

Robert Glenn

Great place to learn about the history of Allen county and Ohio.

Megan Salmons

A great place to take the kids. Doesn't cost anything to get in, but donations are accepted.

Becky Pescosolido

Love this place!

Kim Clevenger

Chad Cheney

Toby Protsman

Had a great time with my family.

Danny Rowland

I was genuinely impressed. My girlfriend and I went in on a whim because we were in town for a wedding and it was amazing. Before we even got in we saw the old house on the property and the well-done children's garden. We walked in and realized the museum is free ($5 suggested donation). There is an area specifically designed for kids, but the rest of the museum is interesting enough the kids would enjoy it all. It really is a museum for all ages. There is an full sized train engine, military transport, carriage, and an iron lung you can stick your hands in. They have a full rock and mineral collection as well as a replica of a general store that you can walk through. They have old knives and swords and pistols and a model of George Washington's estate - Mt. Vernon. There is a cutting from what was once the largest apple tree in the US and some history on Johnny Appleseed who spend some time in the area. They also have models of some of the historical Lima houses. In general we had a great time walking around. It is not too big, but its way bigger than we thought it would be.

Jessica Zerkel

Great place to bring kids!

Kay Love

taylor brooke

Very nice and fun.

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Neon Boy

It's full of so many interesting things! I recommend the "things people swallowed" exhibit.

Terry Estepp

Meghan Naumburg

Lots of interesting things to do, and learn from. Things for all ages.

Ann Hamlin

Great place to visit. Free to look around, lots of local history.

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Sony Childs

Wonderful museum about Allen County and Lima Ohio

Sarah Mason

Wonderful place to take your family. My mother took me when I was a child and now I'm taking my niece's and my husband (who had never been there before). We loved it. Also check out the McDonald's house right beside the museum. There's the children's garden and library there too. Lima has so many hidden treasures. Take a look. It's great!

Karlyn Lauer

A great day! Filled with fantastic facts and fun. Very helpful guide!

Cindi Greenlaw

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Jeremiah Asher

Tons of info packed in a small space and great way to beat the heat.

Francois Parent

Impressive museum in a small town. It has various exhibits: Native Americans, settlers, early industries, gemstones, automobiles, horses-drawn hearses and other mixed items. If you find this review helpful please click on the thumb up button below.

Samantha Dolan

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Lisa Ocacio

Great museum! Lots of really interesting histoy displays.

David Wilmoth

Located in Lima, the Allen Co. Museum is a great place to spend some time. Friendly staff and it seems the exhibits are always being added. The exhibits are well laid out as well. While you are there, take time to visit the MacDonell house as well as the Children's Garden, both located on the grounds.

Craig White


Lisa Shankes

David Rhoades

Variety and well layed out.

Brandon Burgess

Shawn Starr

Venus Phalen

Gacha wolf Lunar

had fun

Tammy Riemann

JR Walker

Very nice and interesting museum. Shows a lot of the interest from the area and from an era gone by. Staff are very nice and helpful. Has a very nice childrens garden outside. A little cramped on parking but for most of the time, it is ample enough.

Jennifer Oren

It's a kid friendly place, you can take the kids have fun and learn about what has happened around Allen county Ohio and surrounding area's

Angela Grogan

It has been a yearly tradition to go to the Christmas Tree Festival since it's first year. It has since become a birthday trip for my son and I (he's 27 and his birthday is on November 27th). We both can't wait for it to come around.

Claudia Green

Michael Hesseling

Really liked the John Dillinger exhibit and the World War exhibits.

Victor Arnett

Good family stop

Therese Mynatt

Very interesting place. My grandson loved it.

Jane Riggs

Christmas Tree Festival. I play in the Little Hog Creek Dulcimers. We had a great time.

Lisa McCourt Hollar

Had a fun visit with my son. He enjoyed learning about history and exploring the kids sections. Fun activity room for the kids.

Chad Hale

Always fun to show the kids historical Lima, never a boring time!

Sarah Thompson

Kristy Fortney

Very cute place. Has lots of the history of Lima. I love the fact it's basically free to go in.

Bethany Oswood

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Amy Kohler

Nice museum I took my kids and we all had fun there was alot to look at


We had this as part of the train ride from Springfield to Lima, and it was my favorite part. The John Dillinger exhibit was great as was the paleo indigenous exhibits. This is a tour that should be taken as its own as it is very educational and has a lot of Ohio history in one building. Don't miss the giant Shay locomotive in the basement (huge)!

Kaysan Frueh

Margaret VanWaning

I have been a vistor to the Museum for 60 years. Its always been new and exciting. I continue to find items of interest. Lima is fortunate to have such a beautiful museum.

Michael Johnson

Dale Arnold

Born in Lima Hometown Museum great stuff found the book I wanted on Fort Amanda and Anna Selfridge curator of archives was excellent helping me with a problem

Mike Von Stein

Very nice little museum. My 5 year old grandson really enjoys it.

Dave Clevenger

Nice place to see some of the local history.


We travel a ton and this is one of our favorite museums! We usually spend at least 4 hours here! Wonderful, themed crafts for the kids to do and plenty of exhibits!

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Julie Riggenbach

History is VERY important! Thank God for our local museum. Christmas tree festival was fantastic!

Melanie Rightsell

Tracy Chess

I liked it much better before it was updated. I felt it was very chopped up. There was no flow to the museum like there used to be. I had a hard time finding the displays I wanted to see.

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Brittney Williams

Great educational experience

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Richard Harper

Lovely trees and history

Karen Clements

Cool Noah's Ark.. And great docents, so passionate about their work. Exciting to go back in time!

Cheri L Dickinson

It has so much historical information on a variety of items; Gold, opals, diamonds, Trains, railroads, old cars, sleigh's, buses, Pueblo art, jewelry, rugs, pots and more

Rachael Musser

We always enjoy going to the Allen County Museum! The first part of December they have a Christmas tree festival!

Devon Tucker

Love Xmas tree festival

Kate Ellis

Cute little museum right downtown. It has a little play area for kids. My daughter really liked playing there. Stop at the Children’s Garden after you’re done at the museum.

Danielle Halverson

A wonderful museum, lots of artifacts. This museum is worth another look. It has enough items to spend days on end walking around and still not seeing every thing. And don’t worry that the kids will be bored, there’s an enchanting children’s Garden outdoors. As well as a large area for children’s activities, including a recreation of a civil war era school and store. The kids can even grind real coffee beans. There’s antique toys their actually allowed to play with. Make sure you don’t miss the train displays and the amazing collection of things people have swallowed and had to have removed. It’s quite amazing. Have fun but make sure you check ahead for the hours of operation they are sadly a bit limited. Also visit the McDonald house next door, it’s also quite interesting. Enjoy these Limaland treasures.

Brian Fruchey

With a suggested donation of $5 this place is well worth the money and time spent there. I had my 8 and 5 year-old girls with me once afternoon this summer we were surprised when we heard them announce the museum would be closing in 15 minutes. We had been there since 1ish. That never became bored and needed to be sure that saw every inch of the museum. We actually had to rush through some areas. A real treasure for this area. Volunteers are knowledgeable and seem to love being there. Thank you for staffing this museum!

Jeannie Mccoy

Aaron Sexton

Awesome place that doesn't get enough attention. Kids had a blast there.

cheryl muniz

Stephanie Griffin

This is such a wonderful place. People are friendly and it is a beautiful museum. Lots of history and exciting things to learn!!!

tracey howard

Gabrielle Deakins

It was fun but I couldn't find anything

Harry Boivin

Elizabeth Macinata

Who new? I found a description of the design for the Relay truck axle, I had been looking for 30 years and there it was.


william barber

Very interesting place alot of history about Allen county Ohio

Deb Houston

Joshua Fox

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Jennifer Peelor

A wonderful time lots to look at. Be sure to check out the McDonel House.

Michael Gaines

Lots of history to be taken in. Enjoyable to all ages. I personally love the native american collection.

Trisha Hager

Beautiful. We go to the Christmas festival every year as family tradition.

Bob McCune

Very interesting. Something for everyone there

Lemarquis Washington

A nice place to take your family too

Crystal Breaston

It was fun the nephews really had fun.

vickie emmons

We enjoyed going there and seeing the Christmas decorations

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Cheyann Munn

Melinda Steed

Fred Getz

Alex Arellano

James Young

An excellent collection of local & national history. The best free museum I have been too!

Estrella Bacenet

Wonderfull. A Big experience

zodiac 5533

Always a great place to spend a couple hours with the kids and adults.

Jeff Smith

pam claypool

Chad Nester

Jeanne Lyle

Great place for the family! So glad we have this museum filled with history many can relate to!

Chris Sherrick

Larry Bratton

The whole place was very clean. Pleasant atmosphere informative I really enjoyed it

Missy Bennett

Lisa Bush

Love the museum hoping to visit again soon

Adam Mathews

Christmas tree festival is awesome and there is a lot of history here


This is a great half-day fieldtrip. The museum is filled with exhibits related to local history. The staff will more than happily guide you around and teach you so much more than what the placards have to tell.

Eric Prine

Makes a nice road trip for those who like to go off the beaten path and visit unique places. While you're in the area, hit up Kewpee Burger and the Temple of Tolerance.

Ernetta Gilroy

Audrey Hess

So close and this was our first time there. What a great museum full of stories and treasures from the past! There's also a children's garden that is magical! Highly recommend!

Ebony Townsend

I had so much fun here. I snuck away just to have alone time with my other half. We made a date of it.

Blak TaBoo

It was very nice to see all the history I grew up knowing. I didn't find anything on slavery though. I'm sure Lima has something to share

Brian Harvey

Kids love this place

James Morris

Deedra Opperman

Friendly knowledgeable staff! Very clean!

Ember Murray

Great place to gain a little history of Allen country.

Kimberly Kiser

Crystal Fuerst

Amy Zimmerly

Nadine Engler

A lot of hands on exhibits and a Children's garden park

David McDaniel

Wonderful place of Lima-Allen County history.

Kaitlin Nicole

Went on my daughter's class field trip and it was great! I had never been before, so it was interesting seeing the exhibits they had. Would love to go back to go thru slower to read everything!

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Lisa Hibbard

I need to come visit. Need to see the Shay Locomotive, As he is Family and I’m named after his Sister Velma. On my Bucket List..

Bill Timmermeister

This is the Allen County Museum's 110 th year in existence and it is the only AMA accredited county museum in Ohio and one of only 24 AMA accredited county museums in the United States. They just received their fourth 10 year accreditation last year. They have fantastic collections related to Allen County's early discovery of oil as they had the world's largest producing oil field from 1890 until 1900 and they supplied the oil that lighted the 1892 and 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair except for those few exibiters who took a chance on using the new Edison electric lights. Many other exhibits related to the production of the highest quality steam locomotives.

Miles Conrad

My daughters favorite place in town besides Art Space Lima.. We visit at least three times a month.

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