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History Buffs

Greater Akron continues to play a proud and influential role in nurturing vibrant centers of commerce, education and culture in northeast Ohio. These initiatives rest upon our solid heritage. As early as Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman” speech, our community has been a melting pot for ideas, customs and forms of expression. Visit the birthplace of AA with a tour of Dr. Bob’s Home and the gatehouse at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Travel back to the mid-1800s at Hale Farm & Village. Numerous sites, mansions and homes also underscore poignant stories from our rich and lustrous past, including the American Toy Marble Museum.

John Brown House

Abolitionist John Brown, who would come to fame after the Harper’s Ferry raid, moved to this cottage across the street from Perkins Mansion in 1844. The museum features a changing temporary exhibit and offers educational programming throughout the year.

Dr. Bob’s Home

International sobriety support group Alcoholics Anonymous originated at the home of Dr. Bob Smith, who founded AA in the 1930s. The haven that once welcomed suffering alcoholics now welcomes visitors, who can see exhibits dedicated to Dr. Bob's life and studies.

Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron Black History and Culture

Get an in-depth look at the history and experiences of African Americans who have helped develop and shape Akron. The gallery serves as a showplace for the research activities of The University of Akron Pan African Center for Community Studies. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Free.

Center for the History of Psychology

Discover a museum of psychology that highlights artifacts, documents, films, and photographs from the history of the human sciences. It is also home to the Archives of the History of American Psychology.

Hower House

Completed in 1871 this Second Empire Italianate home was built by John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower. It remains one of the finest and best preserved examples of its style in the country. This 28-room mansion is filled with treasures and furnishings collected from around the world by three generations of the Hower family who occupied the House. It was deeded to The University of Akron in 1970. Open for tours, events, and programs eleven months each year.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

"Rock history comes alive in Cleveland" -Rolling Stone magazine. Experience the modern music destination everyone's talking about! Visit the world's only museum devoted to celebrating popular music!

MAPS Air Museum

Bombers, fighter jets, historical aircraft and more are on display at the Military Aviation Preservation Society Museum, which showcases both vintage military and civilian aircrafts. While you’re there, also visit a number of interactive exhibits. figurines. Children's programs and tournaments take place regularly — call for details.

Kent State University Fashion Museum

The museum, located on the Kent State campus, features eight galleries of rotating exhibits by artists and designers. The Museum boasts a wonderful store as well.

Invent Now Museum

The Museum’s current exhibit, "Inventive Eats: Incredible Food Innovations," highlights delicious food-related patents, innovations and trademarks. Adjacent to the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) School. Free.

Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum

Visit a replica of the cave where Jesus was born at Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church. The Nativity Museum features the Altar of the Nativity, Altar of the Magi, and Manger, as well as collection of Nativities from around the world.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Inspiring people to discover the American experience by exploring the tangible history of Northeast Ohio. Hale Farm & Village,located in the Cuyahoga Valley near Bath, Ohio, is an outdoor living history museum and a premier collection and property of Western Reserve Historical Society.