Museums and Historical Societies

Allen Memorial Art Museum

Allen Memorial Art Museum Founded in 1917 on the campus of Oberlin College, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is recognized as one of the best academic art museums in the nation. Museum admission has always been free for everyone.

The Spirit of '76 Museum  in Wellington, Ohio, was founded in 1968 and houses one of the prints of The Spirit of '76 by artist Archibald Willard. Willard painted The Spirit of '76 about 1875 in Wellington, Ohio, after he saw a holiday parade pass through the town square. 

Amherst Historical Society   The Amherst Historical Society collects, preserves, records, interprets and educates those interested in the rich history of the Amherst area, including its sandstone history in Lorain County, Ohio and utilizes the Amherst Sandstone Village and Quigley Museum to keep history alive.

The Friends of Harbour Town Inc.  The Friends of Harbour Town, Inc. is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation and community enrichment within the City of Vermilion, Ohio. 

Lorain County Historical Society The Lorain County Historical Society collects, preserves, and shares the history of Lorain County to educate and inspire present and future generations.

Lorain Historical Society Since 1981 the Lorain Historical Society (formerly Black River Historical Society) has been preserving the history of the City of Lorain for future generations. Lorain Historical Society engages members of the community and our visitors in our shared and diverse history through preservation, education, collaborations, and exciting programming for all ages, so that we learn from the past, develop civic pride, and transform the future.

 Oberlin Heritage Center The Oberlin Heritage Center originated in 1903 as a progressive era community improvement group known as the Village Improvement Society. In 1964 the organization merged with the Oberlin Historical Society to form the Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization (O.H.I.O.) It acquired various buildings and artifacts with a desire to protect them for future generations.