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Ohio River Museum

Explore the story of the Ohio River and step aboard the W.P. Snyder Jr., the nation’s last intact steam-powered, stern-wheeled towboat.
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  • Open Hours
    • Monday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Wednesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Thursday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Sunday: 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Admission
    • Adult: $7.00
    • Adult combo pass: $9.00
    • Student: $4.00
    • Student combo pass: $5.00
    • OHC Member: Free
    • Children under 6: Free

    Normal Hours: 
    April 1–September 5 and Labor Day 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.     
    September–October: 
    noon–5 p.m.

    Holiday Hours:
    Open
    Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day: noon–5 p.m.


    Closed:
    November–March (and Easter)


    Groups & tours by appointment
    Combination Passes are for 1 Day only and include both museums

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    • Industry & Labor
    • Transportation
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    • Southeast Ohio
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    • All Audiences

Visit

Explore the story of the Ohio River and step aboard the W.P. Snyder Jr., the nation’s last intact steam-powered, stern-wheeled towboat. The museum consists of three exhibit buildings, the first chronicling the origins and natural history of the Ohio River. The history of the steamboat on the Ohio River system is featured in the second building, along with a video presentation on river steamboats. The last building features displays about boat building, mussels in the Ohio River system, and tools and equipment from the steamboat era.

Outside the museum, on the Muskingum River, visitors can take an escorted tour of the W. P. SNYDER JR.-- the last intact steam-powered "pool-type" stern-wheeled towboat in the United States. After your museum visit, cruise the Ohio River on the Valley Gem, a working sternwheeler docked next door to the Ohio River Museum. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours

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