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“The Allen County Museum”

Allen County Museum
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Lima
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Lima, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Allen County Museum”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

What a great way to learn about the early county activities! The Moses McClure exhibit chronicle his birth and life through the early development of Allen County, OH. Be sure to visit and allow 2-3 hours to see most of the exhibits. This is the most comprehensive collection of all facets of the life in Allen County - the Oil industry - the railroad era - and the effect of the early industry in Lima. At Christmas time, the McDonald Home is decorated in period décor. Also included are the Children's Museum, and the Christmas Tree Festival starting after Thanksgiving and area businesses and clubs decorate each tree. Children of the area love to come see the decorated trees and the Talking Tree.

Visited December 2012
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Lima, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A big train engine inside!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

That's right, they have a Shay Geared Locomotive inside the museum! I was watching when they put the engine inside the museum. That was an interesting afternoon. Also, the train engine was built right here in Lima, Ohio! I remember going to the museum as a child so when they built the new addition, it changed the whole design for the better. Many of the older exhibits are still on display and the newer section has much more. They have a section with small children in mind that let's children have a hands on experience. If the annex building is open, give them a look. There are displays of factories that my grandfather worked at when he was still around. It was nice to see what he may have did while employed. Make a day of visiting the Allen County Museum. Go in the summer when the garden is in full bloom, it's very nice!

Visited July 2013
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Lima, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Allen County Museum and McDonald House”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is an excellent museum. I highly recommend a visit. Spend at least 2 hours. The McDonald House (adjacent) is also a very good tour.

Visited November 2013
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Lima, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Time well-spent”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The museum is well-organized and a great way to spend your morning or afternoon. Plan at least 2-3 hours to be able to enjoy the displays on all 3 levels. The Shay locomotive is a nice tribute to Lima's history with the Lima Locomotive Works. There is an interesting display of foreign bodies that have been inhaled or ingested and removed from patients. There is an iron lung that was used for polio victims. No matter what your interests, I think you can find something that appeals to you. Next door to the museum is the Children's Garden which is a wonderfully-designed area. I especailly enjoy the museum at Christmastime each year because it is filled with decorated Christmas trees provided by various local organizations. It is more crowded at that time, but worth the visit each year. A quieter, less crowded time is also nice. Each time I am there, I see something that I didn't see before.

Visited December 2012
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Piqua, Ohio, United States
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A good time was had by all”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a great small museum with some really wow exhibits. They combine local and regional events along with some really outstanding nationally known events and personalities. This museum is really worth a stop the next time you are in Lima.

Visited October 2012
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