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
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The International Peace Museum is located at 10 N. Ludlow St on the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The Museum is open from 10 to 5 pm every Friday and Saturday with many scheduled events throughout the week. Check our website for the most up-to-date information.
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Lynette A
Dayton, OH58 contributions
Friends
This is an attempt by a couple of ant-war pacifists to live out their dream. After going carefully through the house, the few things I took from it was, thank goodness for American troops that helped end the holocost. And many countries have appreciated our (USA) intervention in some pretty horrific situations across the world. My husband tried to engage in some honest dialogue, but they don't want to listen. How hum, typical.
Written July 8, 2015
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Hi Lynette, Well, Lynette, it's been nearly 4 years since your review and we would like to invite you back for another look at the Dayton Peace Museum. I am disappointed if you felt a volunteer was not able to engage in an honest dialogue with you and your husband on your visit, but I predict you will have a better experience if you return. Certainly most people drawn to volunteer at a peace museum would consider themselves to be against war, violence, and injustice. That said, building peace, mediating conflict, tolerating those who live differently from ourselves and defending those who are victims of injustice is anything but a passive endeavor. Violence is much easier to wage than peace. I can think of worse dreams than working for a better world. The mission of the museum remains to build awareness through sharing exhibits, talks, films, books, support groups, and music on the value of a peaceful, just, and unpolluted civil society and world. We continue not to charge an admission and rely only on the generosity of our visitors and supporters. Hope to see you soon.
Written March 14, 2019
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trvlntradr
Yellow Springs, OH30 contributions
Just a small museum in downtown Dayton. It's nice that is there and it's worth stopping by if you are nearby but it won't take long to see it all.
Written February 6, 2012
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William S
Ontario, Canada3 contributions
Family
This is an interesting small topical museum. It's not quite big enough to make a special trip to, but if you are wondering around downtown Dayton, I recommend stopping in. If nothing else, you can see the classic old house (Pollack House) it resides in which was built in 1877 and is in excellent condition. The museum itself is dedicated to peace topics and related material. It has displays about such events as the holocaust and the atomic bombing in Japan. The staff seam friendly and I talked to a gentleman who is building wind power on his farm. They have exhibits for children.
Written April 7, 2015
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NomadNancy51
Clayton, OH112 contributions
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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Michael F
Laurie, MO163 contributions
Family
I first heard about this museum from my dad, a WW ll vet. He flew as a crew member on a B-24. I heard so much about this place. I worked in the Aero Space industry and I wanted to go here too. I have gone 3 times and plan to go in August 2015.

From WW l to present day, from space capsules, to the SR 71 it's all here. If you pass Dayton and don't stop here you will miss a lifetime of history. The cost id FREE! The I MAX does cost.

I will never forget this place, it holds deep emotions and rich history for me. My family all have enjoyed it as well.

Please don't pass this by
Written January 10, 2015
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vidulichm
Morgantown, WV70 contributions
Family
This is a very nice, museum in a beautiful old 3 story house near downtown Dayton. There were some really great exhibits and it's FREE. Donations are accepted though, of course. Wish we had even more time to spend there.
Written March 14, 2013
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CarrlandsReview
Dayton, OH12 contributions
Family
This is a young museum, as museums go; and it's a work in progress. When I first heard of the Peace Museum, I thought I might find hippies in tie-dye singing Kumbaya, and singing tunes from the Summer of '67. But it's not that at all. Seriously. No Jerry Garcia nor a single pop up VW camper in sight... Although it would be fun to see one covered in Flower Power!

Think "International Peace" and you will have a better framework for understanding the enormous undertaking the founders of this museum took when they opened its doors. Rooms display the Nobel Peace Prize winners, as well as the purpose of the United Nations and the stories of local and internationally recognized peace activists of the 20th century. One room has some graphic images of the horrors of war (I.e., Nagasaki) but there are written warnings outside the room to give parents a heads-up if their kids aren't ready for that sort of information yet.

This museum is run solely by volunteers with a very dedicated board. It does not take long to go through it, but we would "miss" it if it wasn't there..
Written January 2, 2013
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Love2Wrestle
Wilmington, OH76 contributions
The museum is really more of an educational center. They have quite a few informational displays but few artifacts of historical significance. I would definitely recommend it for kids or students. The home the museum is located in is absolutely beautiful and thankfully the museum has apparently tried to maintain the home's gorgeous woodwork and fireplaces.
Written August 12, 2011
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Sarah B
2 contributions
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
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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  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM