History is Accessible

The Ohio History Connection welcomes all to discover Ohio’s stories. We strive to create a safe, accessible and friendly environment to explore our sites and collections. Our core value of inclusivity challenges us to constantly seek out and remove barriers to participation, empower underserved audiences and improve how we deliver our services.

Accessibility Information for the Ohio History Center & Ohio Village

Parking

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  • Designated spaces are located at the front of the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village parking lots for visitors with disabilities.
  • Special arrangements can be made if attending a dinner or other public programs in Ohio Village.

Entrance

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The front doors of the Ohio History Center are located on the lower level, with sloped sidewalk leading into the building.

Elevator

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An elevator is available for visitors to access the second and third floors of the Ohio History Center.

Handicap Accessible Restrooms

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  • Handicap Accessible restrooms in the Ohio History Center are available on the first floor next to the elevator.
  • Handicap Accessible restrooms in Ohio Village are located in the John Hauck Foundation Welcome Center and the American House Hotel.

Wheelchairs

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Wheelchairs (including one motorized wheelchair) are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. These wheelchairs are available free of charge at the front desk. Advance reservations are not available.

Access to Buildings in Ohio Village

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  • Ohio Village is a recreated 19th-century town. While each building is handicap accessible, assistance may be needed. Please ask an Ohio History Center staff member for assistance when entering buildings in Ohio Village.
  • When entering Ohio Village via the Ohio History Center, visitors with disabilities are encouraged to use the paved path to the right of the doors leading to the village.

Groups with Disabilities

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All are welcome at the Ohio History Center! To schedule a visit, please contact our Lead Scheduler at 614.297.2663 or send us a message on our Contact Us page by selecting the "Public Programs and Tours" option.

Sign Language Interpretation

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ASL interpreters are available for groups of 10 or more. Please call our Lead Scheduler at 614.297.2663 or send us a message on our Contact Us page by selecting the "Public Programs and Tours" option at least two weeks prior to your visit to arrange to have an ASL interpreter present.

Blind or Visually Impaired Visitors

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The Ohio History Center is in the process of upgrading the indoor lighting to include LED lightbulbs that better illuminate the objects and exhibits throughout the museum.

Service Animals

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Service animals are welcome in both the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village.

Parents with Young Children

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  • Changing tables are available in both the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village.
  • You are welcome to nurse while in the Ohio History Center or Ohio Village. If you require privacy, a Nursing Room is available off the Welcome Lobby at the Ohio History Center.

Plan in Advance

When visiting other Ohio History Connection sites, please contact the site you plan to visit in advance to check on accommodations.

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Accessibility Committee at the Ohio History Center Mission Statement

The Accessibility Committee at the Ohio History Connection serves to address accessibility and disability compliance efforts organization-wide. The committee reviews, comments and makes recommendations as necessary in order to coordinate and improve efforts to provide programs, activities and facilities that are accessible as well as build positive lasting relationships for a safe, fun and educational experience.