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Address: 73 1/2 S. Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone Number: 440-774-1700
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Description: The Oberlin Heritage Center is an award-winning small museum and...
The Oberlin Heritage Center is an award-winning small museum and historical society in Oberlin, OH. Visitors can tour the Monroe House (1866), Little Red Schoolhouse (1836), and Jewett House (1884) while hearing stories about Oberlin College, the first co-educational college in the nation, Oberlin's historic efforts to end slavery, and the local discovery that ignited the aluminum industry. Stories are told within historically-furnished buildings and visitors of all ages can write on slate boards, ring the bell, and try walking on stilts at the hands-on Little Red Schoolhouse. Visitors can also hear stories about abolition and the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and Oberlin's unique history while touring the town on one of several history walks. Visitors wishing to tour the Oberlin Heritage Center must be accompanied by a guide, so please be sure to check our online calendar for tour times. The Oberlin Heritage Center is open year round and our offices are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Researchers and family historians may also wish to set up an appointment to visit the Resource Center, where we have city records, oral histories, genealogical information, and more.
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Great place to learn the history of Oberlin.

A concentrated history lesson on the origins and historical importance of the town and college. Well worth the visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
Michael G
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Orlando, Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is the Arts Bldg. for the local university. Here variant displays and certain classes are held for many students. This day was an open-house, showcasing many past student's works, many NFS. The issue here was the artistic talent show cased challenged many classic artists tastes and standards. Many were not of a 4 yr. caliber, but were left quite... More 

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Liz S, Guest Relations Manager at Oberlin Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Oberlin, but I'm afraid there is some confusion about your review. The Oberlin Heritage Center is not the place you visited. The Heritage Center is the local history museum and includes three historic buildings. We are not part of the college or a place where student artwork is displayed. If you have questions, please feel free... More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A concentrated history lesson on the origins and historical importance of the town and college. Well worth the visit.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is truly a wonderful historic tour of the early beginnings of a small town. It is a completely different perspective on the Underground Railroad and women's acceptance in an academic world. Early settlers had such a great vision for the future. We had a wonderful guide who is very knowledgeable about the beginnings of Oberlin and the surrounding area.... More 

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Amherst, Ohio
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51 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We enjoyed our walking tour through some of Oberlin's old historic homes! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable (and patient with some of the weirder members of our tour group); picture-taking was allowed, which isn't always the case with some of these tours; and we learned a lot about our new town. I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys history,... More 

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Liz S, Guest Relations Manager at Oberlin Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of your tour and visit to Oberlin! I wanted to follow up with you about your final comment. I have heard different explanations for why the Hall marker was moved out of the center of Tappan Square, ranging from bawdy to functional. If you have a moment, I would love to hear your... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Oberlin, OH is home to one of the world's great colleges and conservatories, and is also filled with local and national history. The first coeducational college, and the first to admit students regardless of race, Oberlin played a key role in the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War, serving as a strategic stop on the Underground Railroad that spirited... More 

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Liz S, Guest Relations Manager at Oberlin Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! We are delighted you enjoyed the "Freedom's Friends History Walk" of Oberlin and hearing about the community's role in the abolition movement. More 

Tucson, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Oberlin Heritage Center was a great find. I stumbled upon this center while looking for B&B hotels in Oberlin. My cousin and I went to Oberlin to learn more about our family, and the staff at the Heritage Center were very helpful. We met with them and traded information and photos. The tour of the three historic buildings was... More 

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Bellevue, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Heritage Center provides guided tours of three home that tell the story of the founding of Oberlin and its pivotal role in US history.

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Portland
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260 reviews 260 reviews
71 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Heritage Center is staffed by volunteers who are brimming with enthusiasm about their town of Oberlin. My wife spent four years there as a student and, after the excellent Underground Railroad tour conducted by Ron (Gardiner, I think), was astounded at what she didn't know! The Monroe House, where the Heritage Center is headquartered, is a nicely restored building... More 

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Oberlin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Full disclosure: I am a resident of Oberlin, but did not go on a tour at the OHS until this year. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to preserving and sharing Oberlin's history in a way that makes it very relevant to the present day. Oberlinians were active in the anti-slavery and temperance movements, operated safe houses during the time... More 

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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

After four years of visiting our son at the college, we finally took the guided walk about The Underground Railroad A wonderful guide. We learned so much about the town and the history we had been surrounded by on all our visits. Very worthwhile.

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