Dayton International Peace Museum

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Dayton International Peace Museum

Dayton International Peace Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Dayton International Peace Museum is the only one of its kind in North or South America. A member of the International Network of Museums of Peace, the Museum features permanent and temporary exhibits on subjects ranging from peace in art and music to the history of the Peace Corps, nuclear proliferation, gun​ culture, the border wall, and the Dayton Peace Accords. Exhibits are changed quarterly. The Museum houses the Peace Hero's Room, a Children's Room, a research library of books and media on every related topic to peace, a complimentary coffee and tea bar, two main galleries for temporary exhibits, Holbrooke Hall for large events including weekly yoga and meditation. The Museum is the main repository for all books submitted to the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The Museum is open Friday thru Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Museum is free for members or a suggested donation of $8. Students are $5 and children under 12 are free. The Museum is located in downtown Dayton.
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Sarah B
2 contributions
Must See
Sep 2019 • Solo
If you’re visiting Dayton, definitely make time to stop here. The volunteers were wonderful and are happy to take you through on a tour or allow you to browse at your own leisure. It is clearly a labor of love! They have so many unique pieces and have exhibits that appeal to all ages. I’m looking forward to coming back with my family in the near future.
Written September 13, 2019
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Thank you for your kind review, Sarah! We work hard to make the Museum a unique and educational experience and are happy you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written September 15, 2019
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jmarasti
1 contribution
Had a great time!
Sep 2019 • Couples
Really nice and informative staff! The house itself has great architecture and it’s laid out in a way that makes it easy to learn and see everything in the museum. A nice stop when we were visiting Dayton for the day.
Written September 13, 2019
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Thank you so much Jmarasti! We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit to the Museum. We love our location-a rare 1865 Second Empire Victorian Mansion House that makes for a unique backdrop to our history of peace and social justice. We hope you come back again when you visit Dayton.
Written September 15, 2019
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RR R
Canton, OH8 contributions
Great visit
Dec 2018
The outside area was very cool. Lots to see and entertaining for all ages. The little stops outside were neat.
Written August 7, 2019
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Thank you for visiting us!
Written August 31, 2019
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Wolverine1988
3 contributions
Good spot for families
Mar 2019 • Family
This place so nice. There is an awesome kids room and a library, very impactful though small exhibits. Sweet and knowledgeable volunteer tour guide too. We spent about an hour here and definitely enjoyed our time.
Written March 11, 2019
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Thank you Wolverine 1988 for visiting the Dayton Peace Museum and for the kind review of our your visit. We are thrilled your family enjoyed their visit with us. Please return soon as our exhibits change quarterly and we are always adding programs and events, which you can learn about on our website and social media sites.
Written March 14, 2019
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ambermichelles
Dayton, OH85 contributions
Small but interesting
Nov 2016
This is a small museum downtown. Alot of information on the Peace corps. There is a nice children's area upstairs. There are also cards to give facts/ explain things, and they have different ones for adults and kids. Its a great idea.
Written July 31, 2017
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Thank you for review Amber-a whole lot has been added since your last visit and we hope you will return soon.
Written September 15, 2019
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chillianne
North Canton, OH44 contributions
Wow! Well worth a stop to tour.
Mar 2017 • Friends
I went with friends to see the Peace Labyrinth Quilt display and it was truly unbelievable. I really enjoyed the rest of the museum much more than I expected to, especially the exhibit about the Reynolds family traveling to atomic testing sites back in the day.
Written March 30, 2017
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Thank you Chillianne for your kind review of your recent visit to the Museum! We are in the process of creating positive change for peace at the Museum and that includes new programs and exhibits reflecting our changing times. We are happy you enjoyed your visit, especially the Peace Labyrinth Quilt, a visitor favorite. Happy travels!
Written April 3, 2017
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nina b
Clayton, OH129 contributions
hidden diamond in the GEM CITY
Nov 2015 • Friends
not only is a historical landmark home being preserved...it is a place to spend time to realize historically how important peace is to our world. thru exhibits, education, videos and merchandise PEACE is the message! there is even a kids room to bring them to, to teach peace, tolerance, acceptance of cultures all over the world.
great place to learn of those whom pioneered to lead people and countries to peaceful resolutions.
Written October 24, 2016
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Thank you so much for your kind review Nina b,! We have made many improvements at the Museum in the past few months and hope to expand our permament exhibits as well as traveling exhibits and live presentations by speakers and guests. Again, we appreciate your nice review and hope you will return to visit again soon!
Written February 13, 2017
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Teresa B
Union, OH270 contributions
Keeping peace everyday
Sep 2016 • Family
This small exhibition center has regularly changing exhibits on aspects of peacemaking in the world. A comfy coffe cafe has videos and books to peruse. The building is an historic Victorian home. The Museum conducts annual Peace Heros Camp for children age 4 to grade 6, an annual Walk for Peace Literacy in September, and awards the Literary Peace Prize at its annual banquet. The 2015 recipient, Gloria Steinham, attended the event and was introduced by Phil Donahue. Rotary International is a partner in conducting Peace Literacy Walks in the US and around the world. Limited open hours Tues. - Sunday.
Written September 13, 2016
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Thank you Teresa for reviewing us at the Dayton International Peace Museum! We have worked hard since your last visit in September to improve the visitor experience and create meaningful exhibits for our guests. We have big plans. We hope you can return for another visit soon. Thanks again!
Written February 13, 2017
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NomadNancy51
Clayton, OH112 contributions
Noble Idea Misses the Mark
Jun 2016 • Friends
I am a Daytonian and proud that we have this museum. However, it offers very little to the visitor for the suggested $8 donation.
The first and most grievous issue is that it is NOT ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. Oh, there's a ramp to get up to a door which opens out, into the path of a wheelchair user, but that is where ADA compliance stops. If one wants to see the exhibits upstairs, the only option is to climb the stairs to the second floor - keep in mind, as an old Victorian, the ceilings are 12+ feet high, so the stairway is long; the banister low. Of the 4 of us who visited today, only 2 were able to make the climb.
The message is muddy. The exhibits disjointed. And, there is no clear message about how the museum came to be and to be here, in Dayton. The space is really too small for "traveling"/rotating exhibits. The well-intentioned volunteers were not able to interpret this museum's unique story, but rather, paraphrased exhibit text easily read by the visitor with a healthy portion of personal vigor about the importance of peace. We did not see or hear anything about the Dayton Peace Accords or Holbrook's role in negotiating those accords. Disappointing, at the very least.
Now I know not to drag out of town guests downtown for this attraction - especially with the free Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park only a few blocks away offering excellent information and exhibits about real hometown heroes.
Written June 15, 2016
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Hi NomadNancy51, We appreciate your comments and share your concern about not having an elevator in the building. We are currently researching this subject again and hope to raise the approximate $40,000 it would take to retrofit an elevator in a 150+ year old historic house. I hope you can help support that effort since it is something you are affected by and are passionate about. You may also be pleased to know we are working on a completely new and interactive exhibit celebrating the 2020 25th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords and Richard Holbrooke. Within that project will be a more clearly defined story about the museum's history and connection to Dayton. This project was made possible by two generous donors as the Museum is volunteer-run and 100% dependent on donations. Even so, there is no entrance fee, but donations are appreciated. I think if you would be willing to visit again, you might be more positive about our direction and in bringing guests for a visit.
Written March 14, 2019
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sldayton
Dayton, OH6 contributions
Celebrate Peace Heroes
Apr 2015 • Family
The Peace Museum is a great place to gain some self awareness of how our culture tends to have an over-emphasis on war leaders a the influence of conflicts in bringing changes. The Peace Museum reminds us of all the people in history who have brought about social change through peaceful means. In a town like Dayton where the local economy is heavily loaded on the side of the "defense" companies, this museum reminds us all of the important events, books, accomplishment and artworks which have occurred in the name of peace.
Written August 11, 2015
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Dayton International Peace Museum is open:
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM