Ohio River Museum and Washington County Local History and Genealogical Archives Construction

Project Overview

It is time to re-envision the experience at the Ohio River Museum and create an unprecedented partnership with the Washington County Public Library. The Northwest Territory Museum Society, along with the Ohio History Connection, are embarking on a multi-phase project to build a new facility for the museum co-located with the Local History and Genealogical Collections of the library and allow for shared space and year round access to the museum. The first phase will construct the new facility, build out the library and meeting rooms, and improve the parking lot. The second phase of the project includes exhibit development and installation.

Marietta’s significance in the cultural heritage and history of the United States is widely known, and a successfully-funded project would be on track for completion before the United States Semiquincentennial celebrations in 2026.

A reinvented Ohio River Museum will be an attraction for visitors, a resource for local residents, and an educational destination for teachers and school groups. The exhibits will utilize modern technology and techniques to bring Ohio’s river stories to life for inter-generational audiences. Through the partnership with the Washington County Public Library, the facility will be available year round.



Estimated Project Budget:

Total Project Costs: $10.7 Million
Total Funds Secured: $4.4 Million
($3.4 Million from Washington County Public Library and local contributions)

Funds Need to Commence Phase 1: $2.9 Million
Funds Needed to Complete Entire Project: $6.3 Million