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One membership, 50+ adventures!
With 50+ historic sites and museums across Ohio, an Ohio History Connection membership is your personal passport to history. We make daytrips and weekend adventures affordable and fun! From the Great Lakes to the Ohio River and everywhere in between, you'll always find something new to learn and explore. And don't forget-memberships make GREAT gifts!
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Discount of $5 off any level for Seniors (60 +) is available online using coupon code OHCSenior. You may also apply your senior discount in person, through the mail or by calling 800.686.1545. Discount may not be applied retroactively. Only one discount can be used per purchase.
Discounts of $5 off for Active Educators, Active Duty Military, or Local History Organization may be applied to any membership level (limit one discount per membership). These discounts are not available online. To apply one of these discounts, please call 800.686.1545, mail in a completed membership form or show valid ID at one of our 50+ historic sites and attractions! Discounts may not be applied retroactively. Only one discount can be used per purchase.
Discounts for Ohio Farm Bureau members are available online only. To access your coupon code to save 15% on any level, please visit your Ohio Farm Bureau member portal. Discount may not be applied retroactively. Only one discount can be used per purchase.
$35 discount on Household level only. Requires photo ID and WIC, Ohio Directions or Medicaid (from Ohio). To apply this discount, visit one of our 50+ historic sites and attractions or call our membership office at 800.686.1545. Discount may not be applied retroactively. Only one discount can be used per purchase.
We are pleased to welcome members from all over the world! Please note that Canadian memberships will be charged an additional $10 and all other foreign memberships will be charged an additional $15 to the total amount due in order to cover postage & handling. Please contact the Membership Office at 800.686.1545 for assistance with your registration and additional payment.
|Membership Levels and Benefits||Individual+Guest|
|Number of named members/membership cards||1||2||2||2||2|
|Includes children 18 and under in member’s household or member’s grandchildren||●||●||●|
(free general admission or special event discounts)
|Free admission to Ohio History Center and 50+ sites||●||●||●||●||●|
|Reciprocal admission benefit at over 300 museums nationwide through the Time Travelers program*||●||●||●||●||●|
|Reciprocal admission benefits at select Central Ohio attractions through Columbus Member Advantage program*||●||●||●||●||●|
|Reciprocal benefits at more than 1,000 museums nationwide with North American Reciprocal Museum program (NARM)*||●|
|Discounted tickets for special events and programs**||●||●||●||●||●|
|Free tickets to Ohio History Center & Ohio Village Signature Events (Night at the Museum, All Hallows' Eve and Dickens of a Christmas)**||●|
|Pre-sale tickets and early entry at popular events||●||●||●||●||●|
|Complimentary genealogy resources (Contact the Membership Department for more information)||●|
|Two tickets to annual Statehood Day advocacy event and luncheon||●|
|Discounts on most purchases made online, at the Ohio History Center & Ohio Village and at participating sites||●||●||●||●||●|
|10% off wedding and private event space rental||●||●||●||●||●|
|Smithsonian Affiliate Membership (one year subscription to Smithsonian Magazine and additional Smithsonian discounts and opportunities)||●|
|Bi-monthly Echoes Magazine and weekly e-news||●||●||●||●||●|
|Vote in Ohio History Connection Board of Trustees election (one vote per membership)||●||●||●||●||●|
|Benefits are tax deductible***||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
*For details on reciprocal benefits visit our Reciprocal Benefits page. Discounts vary by location. Please call ahead to confirm discount.
**Discount applies to tickets covered by membership in the same time block on the same date. When purchasing event tickets online, select child tickets for all children ages 4–18. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
***Please consult with a tax advisor for individual applicability.
As of July 2017, the Ohio History Connection is using a new online purchasing system for membership and event tickets.
Please check the box next to “register for our web site” during the check-out process to create your online account. The next time you visit our website to purchase tickets or renew your membership, simply sign in first to access member discounts and pre-populate forms with your contact information.
Approximately two months before your membership expires, you will receive a renewal notice. You may return the notice with payment by mail or renew your membership online. You can also renew in person at many of our 50+ historic sites and museums or call the membership office at 800.686.1545.
For online renewals please note: Our online system does not ask for a Member ID #. The transaction uses the name, address, phone number and email address provided during check out to connect to your existing membership record and renews the membership. If you have previously created an online account, you can sign in prior to your purchase however it is not required. If you have not created an online account and you wish to do so you can check the box next to "Register for our website" right before check out.
You will need to register for an online account to access your member discounts on event tickets and to RSVP for member events online. Signing in before you renew your membership will also help us make sure we maintain your membership history.
If you need assistance with creating your online account, please contact the membership office.
Don't forget that you can always purchase event tickets through our reservations office at 800.686.1541 and RSVP for members events through the membership office at 800.686.1545 or by sending us a message by visiting our "Contact Us" page and selecting "Membership" from the drop down menu.
If you opted in to auto renew your membership via your credit card and you no longer want that option, simply contact the Membership Department at 800.686.1545 or [email protected] so we can update our records. Cards are charged on the day of the membership expiration date. For example, if your membership expires on 1/31/2023, your card will be charged for the next year's membership on 1/31/2023.
Please disregard the notice. Sometimes your payment and a reminder notice will cross in the mail.
Yes, gift memberships are available for birthdays, graduation, holidays, or any other occasion. You can register friends, family, or associates for a gift membership on your renewal notice or application, by calling the Membership Office, or online. When purchasing a gift membership online, be sure to check the box that indicates "This membership is a gift" that appears just above the line where you provide the first name of the member.
We have many businesses and organizations that join the Ohio History Connection. However, because of system limitations, business and organization memberships cannot be completed online. Please give us a call at 800.686.1545 to talk about your options and purchase your membership over the phone. We're happy to help!
Our museums' hours vary by site, season and weather conditions. Please visit our Historic Sites page to get contact information. We always advise that you call ahead to get up to the minute information about operating hours and event details. You may also contact Ohio History Connection by calling 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124.
Your membership includes free regular admission at all of our sites. Discounts for events can vary, so Ohio History Connection members may be asked to pay admission or purchase tickets for special events and activities. If you are unsure if an event is included with regular admission or if there will be an additional charge, contact the historic site directly or contact the membership office.
Yes! After you make your online membership purchase, you will automatically receive an email receipt. Present that receipt at any Ohio History Connection site to receive the admission benefit for your membership category.
If you don't see this email, be sure to check your junk or spam folder--these automatic emails are often routed there. If you still don't see the email, contact the membership office at [email protected] or 800.686.1545 for assistance.
As a Premium member, you are eligible for free tickets to our Signature Events, which include Night at the Museum, All Hallows’ Eve and Dickens of a Christmas. Your tickets must be reserved in advance, either online at ohiohistory.org, over the phone at 800.686.6124 or in person at the Ohio History Connection front desk. Your tickets must all be in the same time block on the same date. Your Premium membership covers the two named adults on your membership, two guests and all the children and grandchildren 18 and under in your household. If you need additional tickets, you’ll be charged the regular member rate.
Our member families that use a caregiver or aide have the following daily admission options when visiting the Ohio History Center & Ohio Village without the named member present:
Dependents admitted free with paid admission for caregiver/aide
Membership card must be present
Dependents admitted free
One (1) caregiver/aide admitted free
Membership card must be present
This policy covers general admission (not group admission) only. For events with special ticketing (for example, Night at the Museum), we are happy to offer the member discount rate to your caregiver or aide. Please call our Reservations Office at 614.297.2663 to purchase your tickets.
If you’re planning to visit one of our 50+ sites, please call the site directly to verify admission prices and policies.
To access your membership discount you must first register for an online account and then sign in. If you have registered directly from the ticket page rather than through the personalized link we periodically send to set up your registration, it is possible that the system generated a duplicate record and does not recognize that you are a member. If you believe this to be the case, please send us an email and we will connect your user ID to your membership.
Once you are signed in, please note that the member price shows up as a discount on eligible tickets rather than a separate member price. This discount does not appear until AFTER you click "add to cart."
New members will receive an introductory membership packet and card(s) in 2-3 weeks. Renewing members will receive updated membership cards in 2-3 weeks, as well.
Join us on Tues., Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. as Barb Powers of the State Historic Preservation Office shares her knowledge of the Ohio History Center’s iconic architecture. If you’ve always wondered about our unique building, this is the webinar for you!
All are invited to read and discuss books about the American presidency at this free book club. This month, the club is reading “The Revolutionary Samuel Adams” by Stacy Schiff. (This is a continuation of the August discussion.) This event will take place in person and online. For online login information, contact Historian Dustin McLochlin […]
On April 8, 2024, Spiegel Grove and the rest of Sandusky County will be plunged into total darkness as the moon completely blots out the sun. Astronomers have known about the 2024 North American Solar Eclipse for more than a century. You can find it predicted to the minute in the 1887 book “Canon of […]
CBS News correspondent, podcaster and TV personality Mo Rocca returns to Fremont to talk about presidential history during the wrap-up of President Rutherford B. Hayes’ 200th Birthday Celebration. Before the event, there will be a private reception with Rocca in the historic Hayes Home. Limited tickets are available and cost $100. CBS Tickets for the […]
CBS News correspondent, podcaster and TV personality Mo Rocca will return to Fremont to talk about presidential history during the wrap-up of President Rutherford B. Hayes’ 200th Birthday Celebration. Rocca, author of the book “Mobituaries,” will give a presentation during a program beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fremont Ross High School Performing Arts Center. […]
This event is included with admission. Dig into history with Ohio History Connection’s annual Archaeology Day! Explore Ohio’s past with archaeologists from across the state. Learn what it takes to be an archaeologist, participate in a mock dig on site and hear from experts in the field. Activities will include presentations, partner booths, pottery making, […]
Walk the arboretum, and learn about the different trees. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Tickets are required and available at rbhayes.org. Tickets for non-members are $10 for adults, $7 for ages 6–18, free for ages 5 and younger. Hayes Presidential members can enjoy this tour for free. Tree tours […]
In recognition of National Piano Month, the 19th century piano in the parlor at Hanby House will be used for performances during a special event. Visit the historic home on Saturday, September 30th from 1–4 p.m. to enjoy this special experience. Free and open to the public.
Organized by the Great Circle Alliance and made possible with funding from Ohio Humanities, “Mounds, Moon and Stars: The Legacy of Ohio’s Magnificent Mound” will be exhibited temporarily at Campus Martius Museum in Marietta, beginning in October and closing December 31. The exhibit is available with regular admission to the museum. Campus Martius is open […]