Tripadvisor’s best museums in Ohio

CLEVELAND – Forget those bad memories of grade school field trips to stuffy institutions to view dusty dioramas or Renaissance portraits of ladies of the court.

From classic Impressionism to creative takes on sculpture to the latest dinosaur discoveries, there is something everyone will appreciate at a museum these days. And many of them are now wired for the 21st Century, outfitted with all manner of high-tech and interactive exhibits and displays.

Regardless of your interests —or curiosities — museums are a great way to get the family out of the house to experience something new. The best part? You don’t have to travel far to do so.

We checked with our partner Stacker, which compiled a list of the 30 best museums in Ohio. No matter what part of the state you live in — or are planning to visit — there are plenty of interest-sparking options the whole family will enjoy.


Stacker compiled a list of Ohio’s highest-rated museums using Tripadvisor rankings.

No. 30: Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum

Rating: 5

Address: 476 E. Kossuth St., Columbus

No. 29: Sherman House Museum

Rating: 4.5

Address: 137 E. Main St., Lancaster (Closed for the season. Will re-open in April, 2023)

No. 28: Columbus Museum of Art

Rating: 4.5

Address: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus

No. 27: Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery

Rating: 5

Address: 110 S. 6th St., Zanesville

No. 26: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Rating: 4.5

Address: 1 Wade Oval Dr. University Circle, Cleveland

No. 25: Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center

Rating: 4.5

Address: 5798 County Road 77, Berlin

No. 24: Sarah’s Vineyard

Rating: 4

Address: 1204 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls

No. 23: National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting

Rating: 4.5

Address: 8070 Tylersville Rd., West Chester

No. 22: Otherworld

Rating: 4.5

Address: 5819 Chantry Dr., Columbus

No. 21: Warren County Historical Society

Rating: 4.5

Address: 105 S. Broadway St., Lebanon

No. 20: Imagination Station

Rating: 4.5

Address: 1 Discovery Way, Toledo

No. 19: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House

Rating: 4.5

Address: 85 S. Greenmount Ave., Springfield

No. 18: Campus Martius Museum

Rating: 4.5

Address: 601 2nd St., Marietta

No. 17: Castle Noel

Rating: 4.5

Address: 260 S. Court St., Medina (re-opens Feb. 17, 2023)

No. 16: Cincinnati Museum Center

Rating: 4.5

Address: 1301 Western Ave., Union Terminal, Cincinnati

No. 15: Merry-Go-Round Museum

Rating: 4.5

Address: 301 Jackson St., Sandusky

No. 14: USS Cod Submarine Memorial

Rating: 4.5

Address: North Coast Harbor, on North Marginal Rd., between E. 9th St., and Burke Lakefront Airport

No. 13: Yoder’s Amish Home

Rating: 4.5

Address: 6050 State Route 515, Millersburg (re-opens May 4, 2023)

No. 12: National Museum of the Great Lakes

Rating: 5

Address: 1701 Front St., Toledo

No. 11: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Rating: 4.5

Address: 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati

No. 10: COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Rating: 4.5

Address: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

No. 9: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Rating: 4.5

Address: 2121 George Halas Dr., NW, Canton

No. 8: American Sign Museum

Rating: 4.5

Address: 1330 Monmouth St., Cincinnati

No. 7: Cincinnati Art Museum

Rating: 4.5

Address: 953 Eden Park Dr., In Eden Park, Cincinnati

No. 6: Toledo Museum of Art

Rating: 5

Address: 2445 Monroe St., Toledo

No. 5: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Rating: 5

Address: 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton

No. 4: A Christmas Story House

Rating: 4.5

Address: 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland (Closed February 13-24, 2023 for maintenance)

No. 3: Cleveland Museum of Art

Rating: 5

Address: 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland

No. 2: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Rating: 4.5

Address: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus

No. 1: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rating: 4.5

Address: 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Main Terminal, Cleveland