MUSEUM HOURS & ADMISSION
1-5 p.m. TUESDAY-FRIDAY
1-4 p.m. SATURDAY
CLOSED SUNDAYS & MONDAYS
CLOSED ON MAJOR HOLIDAYS
MacDonell House re-opens April 1, 2021
Admission to the Museum is free to the public.
A suggested donation of $5 per person supports programs, exhibits, and collections.
Located at 632 West Market Street, adjacent to the Allen County Museum, the 1893 Victorian "MacDonell House" once occupied a prime location on what was known as the "Golden Block," so named for the opulent homes and their wealthy owners - as well as a time of great economic growth and prosperity in Allen County. The Oil Boom of northwest Ohio began in 1885 in Lima. The boom brought great investment into the area, not just in oil, but in many related businesses causing unprecedented growth. At that time, the 600 block of Market Street was on the edge of town and the newly developing neighborhoods were growing along the major transportation corridors into town. Today, the MacDonell House is one of the few remaining examples of Victorian architectural elegance that once marked the "Golden Block." Designed by architect Frank M. Leech, and built by Lima businessman Frank Banta, the house is an example of Victorian Shingle-Style architecture. It contains three floors and seventeen rooms. The third floor was originally a billiard room but was later converted into a ballroom.
Admission to the MacDonell House is $3 per person for adults & children 9 and up. For members and children under 8, admission is free.
HANDS-ON CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY CENTER
The Children's Discovery Center is open to the public with some restrictions. Due to Covid-19, all hands-on experiences and entry into small exhibit spaces such as the wigwam, schoolhouse, and general store are not permitted. Guests can still tour the museum, including special displays in the children's area.
The education department also encourages members, families, and guests to stop by the museum to pick up the free-themed Take It and Make It grab bags, filled with craft materials that are packaged and ready to go. For more parent and child fun, make sure to check out the downloadable activity pages under the Education Resources tab located at the top of the website homepage.
The Log House is currently closed until April 1, 2021.
"The Children’s Garden provides a space that fosters our children’s spirit of discovery and love of learning."
The Children’s Garden represents a labor of love by Allen County Master Gardeners and volunteers. Once a vacant lot filled with trash and choked full of weeds, it has now become an interactive green oasis for “children” of all ages.
Although separate organizations, The Allen County Museum is grateful for our ongoing partnership with the gardeners.