The Ohio River Museum is basically filled with numerous models of historic sternwheelers that once cruised up and down the Ohio River. The models are unbelievably detailed and fun to look at. However, some of the lighting is do dim in parts of the museum containing display cases, it was extremely hard to read any of the information contained therein. Then we went outside to have an escorted tour of the W. P. Snyder Jr., a steam powered sternwheeler. Unfortunately, our escort was boring and not highly informative. One of the other visitors had to explain to his children the mechanics of how a steam engine powers the big paddle wheel. Something the tour guide should have done but failed to explain. This boat is in bad shape and desperately needs some more financial aid to help restore it. Furthermore, if you are physically unable to handle steep stairs, steps, ladders, etc., don’t even try to tour this old relic. The Ohio River Museum and The Campus Martius Museum have admission charges. An adult admission for only one museum is $7, but if you want to tour both museums that day, the admission price is $9 total for both museums. I would have been unhappy if I had paid the full admission price for just the Ohio River Museum. In spite of other reviews that were very favorable, we were disappointed in the museum. In contrast, we first visited the “sister” museum, The Campus Martius Museum, and were highly impressed.
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