Mahoning Valley Museums

By Leann Rich June 3, 2019

The Mahoning Valley is full of great educational opportunities at local museums.  Learn about history, nature, science, industry, medicine, art, and more at one of these local museum sites. Visit museums in Youngstown, and many other townships in Mahoning County.  Click on each name to learn more at the organization's website.

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The Arms Family Museum - 648 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

Currently closed (Jan 2021)

This 1905 historic house museum features a guided tour of the family home, exhibits about local history and decorative arts, and a fun hands-on-history room on the lower level where kids can play games, make crafts, and dress up like a pioneer.

The Butler Institute of American Art - 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

Open for tours - masks required

This one of a kind museum is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 - and admission is always free. The museum has over 20,000 pieces in all media. Check out the new media and electronic art section, as well as the skywalk to the new Education Center. There are family days on the schedule that include a guided tour experience with a docent and art projects to take home. 

  • Visit Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 4:00 p.m.

The McDonough Museum of Art - 525 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

Open for tours - masks required

This museum on the campus of Youngstown State University is the Valley's home for contemporary art. The exhibits are always changing and features shows from local, national and international artists.  

  • Visit Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor - 151 W. Wood Street, Youngstown

Open by appointment for all visitors.  Appointments can be made by email at

Learn about the labor and industry of the Mahoning Valley. Take a tour through a worker's house, the steel mill locker room, and watch interesting videos. Hands-on activities accompany many of the exhibits. 

  • Visit Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from Noon to 4:00. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students. (Under 6 is free)

Oh Wow Children's Center for Science & Technology - 11 W. Federal Street, Youngstown

Closed until May 2021 - For Construction 

This STEM-focused museum located in the heart of downtown Youngstown has over sixty hands-on interactive exhibits offering EDUtainment opportunities for all ages. Create a musical composition on the Rhythm Machine, dance in the Laser Guitar, create channels in the River of Knowledge or build something in InspireWorks!  

  • The museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $8.

Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center - 325 West Federal Street, Youngstown

Closed until further notice (Jan 2021)

Learn about the region's history through the stories of its people by exploring the exhibit "The People of the Mahoning Valley: Stories of Identity and Innovation" along with changing exhibits in the Community History Gallery. 

  • Visit Tuesday-Sunday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children (Admission includes a same-day visit to The Arms Family Museum).

The D.D. & Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens - 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown

Closed through April 2021

Did you know that The Davis Center has two exhibit galleries? The John C. Melnick, M.D. Mill Creek Park Museum highlights the history of both Mill Creek Park and Fellows Riverside Gardens. The Andrew and Carol Weller Gallery is host to a wide assortment of exhibits throughout the year. 

  • Visit Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Free admission.

War Vet's Museum - 23 E. Main St., Canfield

Open - masks required

Our mission is honoring all those who served in the United States military. Through preserving history, we help educate younger generations about the sacrifices given for our freedoms and honor those who gave that sacrifice.

  • Visit on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Loghurst - 3967 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Canfield

Built as a home for the Conrad Neff family, this structure is thought to be the oldest remaining log home in the Connecticut Western Reserve.

  • Hours TBD

Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum - 2261 Hubbard Rd., Youngstown

The collecting focus of Youngstown Steel Heritage includes steel industry equipment and artifacts used or made in the Mahoning Valley in Ohio and Shenango Valley in Pennsylvania, as well as selected historic steel industry equipment that may not have been used in the local area but are similar to equipment that was used here.

  • Visit on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ford Nature Center - 840 Old Furnace Rd., Youngstown

Closed until Summer 2022 for rennovations 

The naturalist staff at the Ford Nature Center offers a variety of programming throughout the year including hikes, school programs, workshops, and special events.

Display areas at the Ford Nature Center include the Habitat Room which depicts plants and animals of four local habitats, the Discovery Room where children can use their senses to learn about the natural world, and a Live Animal Room with turtles, snakes, and other animals native to northeast Ohio.

  • Visit Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 5:00 p.m.