Response to COVID-19 Crisis from
Allen County Museum


March 13, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

Like so many, Allen County Museum has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak.  In light of the quickly evolving news regarding the virus, the museum has taken proactive steps concerning the safety and health of our members, visitors, and staff.  After careful consideration of the welfare of our constituents, the Allen County Museum and Historical Society has decided to close until the crisis is over.   

Based on recent evidence, early social distancing can help stop the spread of the virus.  With this in mind, the museum is compelled to support such efforts by taking precautionary steps on behalf of our community. The Museum staff will work from home, and scheduled meetings will be limited to conference calls only.  Outreach, tours, and events are suspended until further notice.  

The museum will continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations of local, state and national organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to monitor the COVID-19 situation and reassess activity for the month of April.

We thank you for your understanding, patience, and flexibility as thoughtful decisions are made throughout this most uncertain time.  We encourage you to stay connected to the Museum on social media, as we will be sharing updates regularly.  

Amy Craft
Director and Executive Secretary

For more than a century, the Allen County Historical Society has been preserving our area's rich history. Your membership is more than an expression of your interest in history, antiquities, innovation, and tradition. It is an affirmation of the significant role that our organization and Museum plays in our community and beyond. You will gain access to exciting educational and entertaining programs, exhibitions, behind the scenes perspectives, and valuable 

discounts - all while supporting the Society's century-long legacy of making our Museum accessible to everyone.


History nurtures personal identity and enables us to discover our own place within the stories of our families, communities, and nation. Stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph help us to understand how the world in which we live was shaped by those who came before. Through these varied stories, we develop personal values that guide our approach to life and our relationships with others.

History is the foundation for strong and vibrant communities. A place only becomes a community when it's wrapped in human memory. Our connections and commitment to one another are strengthened when we share stories and experiences.

History is essential to our future. At the heart of democracy is the practice of individuals coming together to express views and take action. Weaving history into discussions about current issues clarifies differing perspectives, reveals complexities, grounds competing views in evidence, and introduces new ideas all of which can lead to greater understanding and viable community solutions.





All events are currently cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates.

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Lima, OH  45801

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1-4 p.m.  Sat  & Sun

Closed Mondays

Closed On Major Holidays

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MacDonell House: $3 charge for 9 & over non-members




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