Visit the Wood County Museum to learn all about our people, places, and things!

1,000 REASONS TO VISIT


  • Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department, fall 1901. Shown front row standing (L-R): Luther Riley, Tom Shamp, Clark Biggs, Nelson Brown, Chief Ollie Petty, Clarence Richards, and Elmer Ducat. Second Row (L-R): Dick Briggs, Carl Bigelow, Ed Hamblin, and Charles Russell. Back Row (L-R): Fred Foote, Ray Davenport, Ovid Forrest, Nort Waltz, and Fred Jolley.

    The fire horse team, known as Dick and Ned, lived at the Wood County Infirmary during their “golden” years. This photo is just a one of over 1,000 photos now on display in our new exhibit People, Places, & Things
    [ Hours of Operation | OUR COVID-19 INFORMATION HERE]

    Outdoor Porch Exhibit - Walk the beautiful grounds and stop at the outdoor Porch Exhibit on some of our notable citizens buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

    Fans of the popular Nintendo game Animal Crossing can now take the scavenger hunt at the Wood County Museum and add a museum prize into their game. Watch the short video to learn more.


    Fans of the popular Nintendo game Animal Crossing can now take the scavenger hunt at the Wood County Museum and add a museum prize into their game.
Your support is needed more now than ever! Please join or donate to the Wood County Musem.

PRESERVE OUR RICH AND UNUSUAL HISTORY

  • SUPPORT THE WOOD COUNTY MUSEUM
  • The Wood County Museum has worked tirelessly to make connections between this extraordinary time and our rich history, to provide you with engaging exhibits, programs, and public outreach that sparks conversation. Like many others, our services have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Making a tax-deductible donation today is an investment in these services so that Wood County's rich and unusual story continues to be told.
  • You can also become a member of the Historical Society to show your support.

Wood County Museum seeks part-time Development Coordinator

MUSEUM SEEKS PART-TIME DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

  • The Wood County Museum is seeking a professional part-time Development Coordinator to create and implement fundraising initiatives to ensure financial sustainability and organizational growth within the organization. Candidates should have at least one year of successful development and fundraising experience and can demonstrate fundraising best practices. A complete job description and application process can be here.
Pet-themed socks are the August Gift Shop Speical at the Wood County Museum

SEPTEMBER GIFT SHOP SPECIALS

  • FALL in love with our honey and beeswax items. Local and pure. Return the jar of the long-burning candles after use, and receive 10% off your next candle purchase! Our gift shop is open regular business hours, or you can call ahead for pick-up or shipping (extra charge to cover postage).

    Visit our Gift Shop | Jump to our sock selection

CHANTICLEER NEWSLETTER

  • Wood County Historical Society's quarterly publication

    [ Summer 2020 issue now online ]
    • People, Places, & Things
    • Join the Historical Society Board
    • Supporters of the Mary & Carl Bach Story
    • Behind the Videos
    • Tim Buckenmyer talks about his Birthday Fundraiser
      Join our email list for periodic updates on Museum Musings

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Wood County Driving Tour - audio available from our website or check out a CD from any Wood County Library

MUSEUM EXHIBITS AVAILABLE ANYTIME

  • A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH: Societal Response to Disease

    Learn more about the pandemics that came before COVID-19. Hand-washing and social distancing of the last hundred years. VIEW THE ONLINE GALLERY
  • CHASING THE WHITE RABBIT: An Historical Look at American Mental Illness

    Follow the misconceptions and advancements in mental health. VIEW THE ONLINE GALLERY
  • UTOPIA: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home

    These images tell the stories of what makes Wood County so special, and remind us of the beauty that surrounds us every day. VIEW THE ONLINE GALLERY and purchase a print in support of the Historical Society.
  • WOOD COUNTY (non)DRIVING TOUR (audio)

    Take an audio trip around Wood County with stories about Devil's Hole Road, the Great Black Fire of North Baltimore, the Legacy of Edward Ford, and much more. LISTEN NOW
  • PORCH EXHIBITS!

    Visit the Historical Museum to stroll the beautiful grounds and stop to view our new series of Porch Exhibits! On exhibit now: OAK GROVE CEMETERY.

ENJOY THE GROUNDS

  • The 50-acre museum grounds are open to the public daily 8 AM until 30 minutes past sunset and are maintained by the Wood County Park District. We welcome guests to walk the grounds and enjoy the beautiful natural and historic sights.
  • Self-guided grounds tour


            • Identify trees in the Lyle Fletcher Arboretum
            • Wood County Park District Archery Range
            • Walking Trails and Grounds

CELEBRATE WOOD COUNTY'S BICENTENNIAL

  • Throughout 2020, Wood County commemorates its bicentennial with celebratory events and a collection of memories. See more at Wood County 200.

  • Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Wood County Courthouse with Judge Matt Reger.
  • As part of the 226th anniversary of the of the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission has produced the program "From Fallen Timbers to the Treaty of Greenville.” WATCH THE VIDEO

Your Opinion Matters

  • How can we improve? Please take this short SHARE YOUR VISION survey.
  • Take a moment after your visit to leave us feedback about your experience on TripAdvisor. We are currently ranked as the #2 thing to do in BG, but you can help us make it to #1.

    You can also take our Museum Visitor Survey to help us improve the visitor experience.

WE WELCOME YOU BACK

  • Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020
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