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Address: 73 1/2 S. Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone Number: 440-774-1700
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10:00 am - 3:00 am
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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A Great Place To Visit - A Satisfying Place To Volunteer

When you visit, you will tour 19th century houses, a one-room school house and take tours to learn about the 182 years of history through the stories of ordinary and extraordinary... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Ed W
Oberlin, Ohio
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Oberlin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

When you visit, you will tour 19th century houses, a one-room school house and take tours to learn about the 182 years of history through the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people like you and me. The begins with the establishment of Oberlin College in 1833, the first college in the United States open to African-Americans and women. The music... More 

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Oberlin, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

OHC offers an amazing array of tours, activities and programming, for both adults and children. Restoration projects, Westwood Cemetery preservation and historical promotion, interactive walking tours, excellent online information source ... a true gem!

Thank kreyno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The Oberlin Heritage Center sits on campus in the center of historic Oberlin, Ohio. OHC owns four buildings: the Monroe House, Jewett House, Little Red School House, and a late 1800's barn. Tours are available through the first three. In each of the tour buildings, docents teach the history of Oberlin and bring to life the men and women who... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

It is a very well-done trip back into Oberlin's town and college history especially its role in the underground railroad. One visits 3 buildings, two homes and a one-room school.

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Orlando, Florida
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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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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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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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Arcata, California
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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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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 

Thank John L
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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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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