In 1908 a group of civic-minded, Allen County citizens formed and incorporated the Allen County Historical and Archaeological Society. Their purpose was to collect and preserve the tangible evidence of Allen County’s remarkable history and to share those collections with the community for the betterment of its citizens. The Allen County Commissioners provided space and operational support for this purpose in the newly built Veterans Memorial Hall. Thus began the partnership between the county and the private non-profit Allen County Historical Society.

The current facility at 620 West Market Street was constructed in 1954-55. The facility was expanded in 1976, 2007, and 2010. With the exception of the ‘76 addition, all funding to build and expand the Museum was privately raised by the Allen County Historical Society.


Our Mission

The Allen County Museum preserves and promotes our cultural heritage through exceptional collections, exhibitions and educational programs that inspire and serve our diverse communities.


Vision 2025

The Allen County Museum will be the essential source and destination for enrichment, inclusiveness, and creativity by celebrating our history and art through dynamic people, innovative programs, and exciting exhibits.

Core Values  

The Allen County Museum will use the following core values to guide our work:



The Museum will create an environment of learning, appreciation, and respect for the museum’s history, collections, and programs.



The Museum will ensure a welcoming environment for its visitors by recognizing that all people’s history has value and has contributed to shaping the present and future.



The Museum will build collaborative relationships locally, regionally and nationally in order to create opportunities for the public to connect with history and art.



The Museum will ensure fiscal responsibility and the highest professional standards in support of a strong, sustainable institution.



The Museum will contribute to a vital museum community through collaboration, dialogue and excellence.



The Museum will maintain an atmosphere of historical accuracy thereby fostering the public’s trust in our ability to faithfully preserve the past.


William Timmermeister (President)

Owner & President

Lima Auto Mall

Richard Boehr (Vice President)

Owner & CEO

Boehr Real Estate

Jim Osmon (Treasurer)

Commercial Lender

First Financial Bank


Michael Baker


Innovative Packaging Company


Anne Decker


Anne Decker Marketing


Lawrence A. Huffman


Huffman, Kelly, Brock & Gottschalk, LLC


George MacDonell


Integrated Landscape Architecture

Louis Markiewicz

Owner & President

Shawnee Properties

Christine Pleva


Visit Greater Lima

Jack Somerville

Insurance Agent

Webb Insurance Agency

Robert Torbet

Retired Owner & President

Rental Mart

Neil Winget

Retired President

Better Business Bureau


Tuesday - Friday 

  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

   We encourage those at risk to start

    the afternoon with us at 1:00 p.m.



  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

   We encourage those at risk to start

    the afternoon with us at 1:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays, Mondays And Major Holidays

   The Children's Discovery Center is not currently open       but does have Take It and Make It crafts available.

The MacDonell House Opens on April 6, 2021

Hours are the same as the museum, tour tickets can be

purchased at the Museum giftshop (members are free).

  The Library is open by appointment only.   


 620 West Market Street 

Lima, OH  45801

(419) 222-9426


Museum:   Suggested Donation  $5

MacDonell House:   $3 charge

for non-members 9 & over




© 2019 by Allen County Museum Historical Society.