Campus Martius Museum
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 AM
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beemishbeliever
Cleveland, OH16 contributions
Jul 2022
I was a history major in college and once taught Ohio history so getting to see this building was incredible for me. Not only is the oldest home in Ohio located there but the oldest building in Ohio as well. This is truly a historical treasure and it was awesome that the people over the last centuries managed to preserve such a vital part of history. If you go, please take the tour. The tour guide was informative and truly explained a great deal about the buildings, their significance and how they remain to this day. The cost of admission is $7 but I would highly recommend getting a membership to the Ohio History Connection, which was $50 but allows you to visit over 50 Ohio Historical locations for free as well as some reciprocal locations around the country.
Written August 4, 2022
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Whos_Got_My_Bags
San Diego, CA107 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
This Museum was on our itinerary, but we were lucky enough to be able to have a tour of the Putnam house as well- the museum was built around the original structure which has not moved. It’s as authentic an original dwelling from ~1800 you will find (the windows being a notable exception). Excellent history of the area. Very informative.
Written June 19, 2021
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KerryandTim
Austin, TX237 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a medium-sized museum that covers the beginnings of the Northwest Territory (the area north and west of the Ohio River, now comprising the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota), with special emphasis on the early settlements in southeast Ohio. It is well done in an old school sort of way. There are no interactive exhibits or video screens, but if you're willing to do a lot of reading, there are a lot of well presented exhibits. The staff was friendly and helpful, the museum was well laid out and clean, and the admission price reasonable. My husband and I spent five hours on the three floors, including a 45 minute tour of the Rufus Putnum house which is included in the admission fee.
Written July 25, 2020
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Babu2773
Chicago, IL897 contributions
Apr 2022
We came to the museum because my ancestor Rufus Putnam's house and belongings are encased inside. But besides enjoying looking at his things, the museum itself provided an excellent history on the area from pre-historic times on. There are two floors to explore, although the second floor is just the balcony area, but there is Putnam's house, parts of the stockade, and outside is the 1700's era Ohio Company Land Office. Included in the price of admission is the Ohio River Museum. Anyone interested in local history should stop here. We were here for about two hours, but we like to read everything.
Written May 20, 2022
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Michael D
Dublin, OH81 contributions
Jul 2019
Part of Ohio Historical Society Membership. Complimentary to all members for admission and to purchase gifts at a discount for members from gift shop. This exhiblt as part of Americcan History and Ohio History learned in our public school system during the 1960s is a refresher as to how Marietta OH and Athens OH has been founded as part of the Northwest Territory breaking up from the original Virginia colony in 1788 just before founding of Ohio in 1803 as a 17th state among the earliest after the founding of the original 13 colonies. This depicts such historicans such as Rufus Putnam who drew up the Northwest Terrritory and also established the First University in Athens OH called Ohio University in 1804. Please bear in mind that it was the first established west of the Alleghanies and located in such a remote are only next to S Court Street and Union Street until the enlargement of the East and West Greens around Athens OH beginnning recently in the late 1950s. Since then this campus has rapidly expanded to over 22000 students in much of Athens OH with very little room to move around lately. Although the present student afffairs building Baker Center which overlooks the newly renovated Hocking River Valley and the visitor center located south of Athens downtown on Richand Avenue are encouraged to visitors to view during daytime business hours, however not at this time due to the upcoming health crisis in athens County. However parking is a challenge in Athens OH due to the overcrowding on that campus.
Written April 16, 2020
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN12,933 contributions
Jun 2022
I had never heard of Marietta, Ohio before reading the book, The Pioneers by David McCullough. Marietta was the furthest west US settlement in 1786. Most people came here by riverboat but some by wagon. The book is fascinating, which means Marietta is also incredibly interesting. The best place to see the history is here at this museum. It is one of the best for American history. The first settler, Rufus Putman built a two story home and part of the museum is built over the original homestead with some of the original furnishings. If you visit Marietta, this museum should be one of your primary stops. Well worth your time. 3 floors of displays.
Written July 25, 2022
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Bob S
Cincinnati, OH2,465 contributions
Sep 2022
History buffs, especially Ohio history buffs will enjoy this museum. Aside from artifacts it contains Ohio's oldest house built by Rufus Putnam. Read about Marietta in THE PIONEERS by Robert McCullough.
Written September 13, 2022
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Pa B
32 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The museum is well laid out and gives a good idea of early settler life. The desk woman was very helpful and friendly - sorry I didnt get her name. The man who guided us through the two structures needs to upgrade his 'talk'.
Written October 7, 2022
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Homecroft56
Nineveh, IN385 contributions
Mar 2022
A pleasant surprise on our visit to Marietta, a city rich in history. Had not heard of this before until we checked Trip Advisor for things to do. Very impressive museum complete with the 1788 home of Gen Putnam, head of the Ohio Company, carefully preserved under roof of the building built in 1928. Our docent, Dave, did an excellent job of explaining the history on our private tour. Cost was $7 per person - reasonable.
Written March 28, 2022
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Terrence
Springfield, OH167 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
After reading David McCollough's book The Pioneers, our family drove to Marietta to tour the museum that featured the home and relevant belongings of Rufus Putnam and Mannaseh Cutler. We enjoyed the museum's self guided tour, and the docent that guided us through the home of Rufus Putnam was excellent. I would definately reccomend this museum for those who love history and want to see real relevance as related to The Pioneers, by David McCullough.
Written January 10, 2020
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