Mansfield Memorial Museum

Mansfield Memorial Museum

Mansfield Memorial Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Mansfield Memorial Museum established in 1889, is the oldest museum in Richland County. Founded by Edward Wilkinson who, as an avid collector of specimens and artifacts for the Smithsonian Institute, Carnegie Natural History Museum and Peabody Field Museum, established a varied and extensive collection from which the museum has continued to grow. Featuring multiple collections including all major wars, natural history, repository for many public documents from Richland County and the City of Mansfield and the Industrial History of Mansfield including Westinghouse's home of the future and the oldest American robot ELEKTRO as featured in the Worlds Fair 1937-38 in New York. The Mansfield Memorial Museum invites you to visit and share in the rich history that is North Central Ohio.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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mailbum
Akron, OH70 contributions
Really enjoyed this quirky museum
Oct 2019
I had fun at this free museum full of an eclectic mix of unusual things. For examples, there were Electro the first robot and the stuffed chickens playing cards. If possible, talk to the curator, Stephen, who has great stories to tell. Wish we could have spent more time here and hope to go back.
Written October 4, 2019
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lefties43332
12 contributions
it may be ok if youre local but we drove pretty far,not much interest for a kid
May 2019 • Family
the guides and curator were nice. Mostly came for my science crazy 5 yr old to see the robot and his dog who has been gone for yrs. Robot just stood there. Not great for a small kid . He did like the dryer that played how dry I am.
Written May 18, 2019
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John D
Willoughby, OH34 contributions
A walk through history.
May 2019 • Couples
A very informative experience.Nice establishment clean and not crowded with a lot of junk. Difficult to locate as it is in the soldiers and sailors museum,all tho great parking across the street. The curator was very informative.
Written May 15, 2019
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jkzoo
Mansfield, OH818 contributions
Interesting museum
Sep 2018 • Couples
Stopped for the first time. The Westinghouse exhibits were really interesting, especially the robots.The collections of military uniforms and the Richland County area artifiacts were also quite impressive.
Written September 9, 2018
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tthemickstar
Nottinghamshire, UK92 contributions
First visit
Feb 2018 • Friends
Came here with my friend Ed Olson on a bleak snowy night. Whilst he was chairing a meeting, I was left to my own devices and had a good look around - fascinating stuff here including the world's first robots, from waaaaay back in 1939 made by Westinghouse - long-gone from the city now.
Great exhibits from WW1 and 2 plus local industrial heritage items. Most helpful curator I have ever come across - nothing was too much trouble for him.There are three floors, but as the place was officially closed, I only saw the ground floor - or first floor, if you are American haha.
Wonderful, wonderful place - dating back to 1888 when it was built for veterans of the American Civil Way, I believe. Still used today for military meetings, get-togethers etc, so it is still alive
Well, well worth a visit
Written February 15, 2018
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Wally T
Mansfield, Ohio, United States53 contributions
old school museum.
Nov 2017 • Family
shows some of our local history and has a lot of world war II items. check for hours open before you come
Written November 9, 2017
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David J
Powell, TN97 contributions
Very Informative and Fun!
Oct 2017 • Couples
We decided to stop by the museum on a whim while visiting Mansfield and are we glad that we did. Nice quaint place that has a lot of history! Not only the items inside the museum but the building itself. We had an excellent tour guide that was well informed on all the items presented. There is no charge, strictly donation based for the upkeep. It is a hidden gem and well worth the visit!
Written October 17, 2017
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DeLee P
7 contributions
Hidden Treasure
Mar 2016 • Business
Lot's of Westinghouse and Robot Items and Information. Many items regarding Aviation and the Building itself is Wonderful.
Written March 23, 2016
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Tom2718281828459045
Mansfield, OH5 contributions
A blast from the past
Feb 2016 • Couples
I (Tom) got to serve as an attendant once at this museum, and was fascinated by it. It's as though someone closed the door on the museum many decades ago, and it hadn't been touched since. I was there long before any of the "When did you travel?" choices below, so don't know whether it's been open for visitors within the past year. I took someone there to see the building a month or so ago, and there was a sign in the window stating that the museum would be open in March (I think) of 2015 [sic].
Written February 24, 2016
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Porthos7
West Chester, OH6,045 contributions
Great little museum - beware of the (very nice) docent's!
Aug 2015
This museum is chock full of interesting things to see! It has a small town feel to it, but at the same time - very nationalistic. The highlights are the model airplanes on display (hundreds of them from every decade), local history/industry timeline objects and of course the robot from the World's Fair (which I would have loved to seen in it's day interacting with us humans...). All neat. Now... the slight problem. The docents... Yes - usually I look forward to interacting with docents, but at this museum, they are just... clingy. I didn't want one when I entered, but one just latched on and gave me history on EVERY single little item (whether I was interested or not). When I asked to go to the upstairs to see the collection - without a docent - I was literally given a confused look, and was passed on to.... another docent who talked about every single item! I like to see/explore at my own pace and THEN go to a docent to ask for more information! A visit that should have taken less than an hour became almost 3 hours - totally ridiculous for a place this small. We spent almost 30min alone at the model airplanes - totally - not needed! Now - truth be told.. I love when someone has an incredible amount of passion for what they show at a museum (and these guys truly do!), but... let me decide what to be interested in. They were lovely people - but you just could not get away from them. So absolutely go see this museum, it's really neat and interesting - just make it VERY CLEAR that you will ask for a docent's help when needed!
Written September 27, 2015
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Mansfield Memorial Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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