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“Behalt is a MUST-SEE Mural”

Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

My daughter, granddaughter and I visited the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center last month on a trip to "Amish Country" in eastern Ohio. We wanted to understand better what "Amish" and "Mennonite" is all about, and the Heritage Center fulfilled that wish beautifully!

The highlight of the day was the Behalt mural - a 265-foot historical "cyclorama" that illustrates the story of the Anabaptists (Amish, Mennonites & Hutterites). Heinz Gaugel, the artist, beautifully tells the history of the various Anabaptist groups (more information here: http://www.behalt.com/gaugel.html), and our tour guide was fantastic in explaining the entire mural. Even my 5-year-old granddaughter was entranced with the stories.

Following the mural experience, our tour guide took us to a refurbished one-room Mennonite schoolhouse, and an Amish-built barn that housed a genuine Conastoga wagon as well as an authentic modern-day Amish buggy. My granddaughter was thrilled to be able to sit in the buggy and have her picture taken.

The gift shop had a lot of lovely gifts, books, foods and more information.

We highly recommend visiting the Heritage Center FIRST when you go visit Ohio's Amish Country. You'll be glad you did!

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We try to visit the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center every time we come to Berlin. The Cyclorama and the History of the Martyrs is breathtaking. Everytime we come there is someone new and a little nugget of History that touches our lives.

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Reviewed August 15, 2012

This is the first place to go as you visit this area. Not a tourist trap, this is the real deal, informative and with a good gift shop. Very nice people that you can visit with if they're not too busy.

Thank Bruce_n_Kathie
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

The Heritage Center is located just outside Berlin and is the place to learn about the Amish and Mennonites. The Center has the Cyclorama which took 7-8 years to paint, a gift store with a few samples of Amish quilts and a few displays outside. There is a short film describing their lifestyle in Holmes County.

The Cyclorama is worth the price of admission. The guided tour shows the founders of the Mennonites and the Amish and how they came to existence. There is brief mention of the founder of the Hutterites. This should be the first stop on a visit to Ohio's Amish country.

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Reviewed July 19, 2012

The staff is very helpful. There is a small fee to see the mural. The mural tells how the Amish and Mennonite were established and how they came to Ohio plus much more. It takes about 35 minutes for the guide to explain this massive painting. And that's a short version. It is so beautiful. Well worth the small fee. My 10 year old daughter enjoyed the mural also. So the tour is for all ages. The Heritage Center is a must for those wanting to learn about the Amish and Mennonite History and Culture.

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