The Ohio Historical Society museum collections consist of approximately 1,600,000 objects divided into three broad categories: archaeology, natural history, and history. The collections support the Society’s mission to preserve and encourage the study of all aspects of history related to Ohio and its cultural and natural environments. These artifacts also support exhibit and educational services programs that interpret Ohio’s unique heritage to the statewide, national and international visitors.
Now you can support the ongoing mission of the Ohio Historical Society by adopting one of your own favorite artifacts. Delight a friend or loved one by adopting an artifact in his or her honor or show your pride in Ohios history by adopting one for yourself.
What do you get when you Adopt an Artifact?
When you adopt an artifact at the Ohio Historical Society we will send you (or the recipient of your choice) an electronic adoption packet which contains: a personalized certificate of adoption, a fact sheet with a photograph and information about the significance of your artifact, and free admission to the museum on Adopt an Artifact day!
School groups can also adopt an artifact and continue learning about its wonder back in the classroom.
All adoptions will be for the period of one year from the time of adoption.
What artifacts are available to adopt?
The staff of OHS want to share our excitement of launching the Adopt an Artifact program with Conway the Mastodon, one of the largest artifacts on display at the Ohio Historical Center. More objects will be added throughout the year.
What is the cost to Adopt an Artifact?
Levels of adoption begin at $35. Physical adoption packets can be requested for an additional processing fee.