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Campus Martius Museum and the Ohio River Museum offer community programs, children's events, historical camps, artisan fairs and more. Check back here often for our current listing of events and to read about our current temporary exhibits! For more information on any event listed below, please contact us at 740-373-3750 or Toll Free 800-860-0145

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An Evening at the Museum

November 21, 2014
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $50

The Friends of the Museums, Inc. present An Evening at the Museum. This fundraiser will benefit the operations of the Campus Martius & Ohio River Museums. The unique partnership between state and community is thriving because of the support of area residents.

Be the first to see two artifacts that will be premiered at this event! One of the items – the Low Tablet - is a local treasure dating from 1,000 - 400 B.C. that will be on display for this event only. The second item – a Civil War ambrotype - has an interesting history that involves law enforcement, multiple museums, and a Good Samaritan. Each artifact will have a curator on hand for the evening to give details and answer questions.

The night will be complete with beverages, hors d’oeuvres graciously provided by local caterers, and live music to add to the ambiance of the evening.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Campus Martius Museum (740) 373-3750

Brown Baggin' Thru History

December 5, 2014 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Steve Ball, Civil War Musicians

Stephen Ball will provide a program focusing on the songs of Stephen Foster, and the stories behind his songs, including details of his life and career. Steve will give a brief talk about the pre-Civil War Martin guitar, the sheet music and the music publishing business at that time in history. The program will include the songs of Stephen Foster performed by Steve Ball. On display will be pre-Civil War guitars, and the sheet music of both the Civil War songs, and the songs of Stephen Foster.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library.

"Digging the Past" Archaeology Day

January 17, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30 - 4:00
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Start your new year with a visit to the Campus Martius Museum! Spend a day learning about the exciting field of archaeology. You are invited to take part in our artifact identification clinic, arrowheads, lectures, and flint knapping demonstrations. Private collections of historic and prehistoric artifacts will also be on display. Contemporary items will be on sale for the day.

If you would like to have your artifacts on display for the day, please contact Bill Reynolds (740) 373-3750.

Brown Baggin' Thru History

February 6, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Contemporary Gunmakers & Allied Artists Show

February 14, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30 - 4:00
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Campus Martius Museum will be hosting some of the finest traditional artisans who recreate the working tools of the frontier settler and hunter. Gunsmiths, powder horn and hunting bag makers will be displaying their wares. During the event visitors will be able to experience 200 years of American gun making traditions. Flintlock and percussion rifles, the tools used in making and servicing them will be displayed.

During the day there will be working demonstrations on the various techniques used in gun building and lectures by various artisans about their work. As a special feature of the Contemporary Gun Makers and Allied Artists Exhibit there will be daylong demonstrations in the art of barrel rifling using 18th and early 19th century techniques. Rifling, or spiral grooves cut inside a rifle barrel enable a bullet to achieve a spinning motion therefore gaining better accuracy and distance. Several original rifling machines will be on display and long lost principals used will be explained by contemporary barrel makers.

For questions contact Bill Reynolds at 740-373-3750.

President's Day at the Museum

February 16, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 9:30AM - Noon
Cost: $15 per person; $11 for members

Topic: George Washington

Monday, February 16 from 9:30 to noon, children (grades 3-5) are invited to participate in a program focusing on George Washington. Children will examine the myths and legends of our first president and learn about our first president’s contribution to the settling of the Northwest Territory.

This program will include the following activities:

  1. Quill writing
  2. George Washington was a spy master during the Revolution! Learn how to be a spy.
  3. Surveying
  4. Myths and Legend of The Real George Washington (Did he chop down that cherry tree? Were his teeth really wooden? Did he throw a silver dollar across the Potomac River?)
  5. Make a powdered wig.
  6. Much, much more
Join us for a fun morning that will be packed full of education about the Father of our Country.

Reservations required:
Call 740-373-3750, space is limited.
Fee per child is $15. Member of the Friends of the Museums: $11

Mystery Dinner Theatre

March 13, 2014
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: TBD
Cost: $50 per person

More information to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

April 3, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Welcome Back Carp

April 4, 2015
Where: Ohio River Museum
Time: 9:30AM - 5PM; Programs 10AM - 1PM
Cost: Half off admission

Jazzin' Up the Museums

May 30, 2015
Where: Valley Gem Sternwheeler
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $40 per person; $75 per couple

More information to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

June 5, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Summer Camp

June 24-26, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: TBD
Cost: TBD

More information to come!

Inland Waterways Festival

August 1 - 2, 2015
Where: on the grounds of the Ohio River Museum
Time: TBD
Cost: FREE Event!
More information to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

August 7, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Kid's Archaeology Day

September 26, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10:00 - 3:00 (Program)
Cost: Regular Museum Admission

Activities will be continuous throughout the day from 10:00 until 3:00. Displays will be set up and experts available to answer questions. This day will satisfy the hobbyist and those children who are career minded about the field of archaeology.

Campus Martius Museum will be open its regular hours, 9:30 to 5:00 for those who want to participate in the event and tour the museum! Join us for an exciting day.

Brown Baggin' Thru History

October 2, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Haunted Snyder

October 9, 2015
Where: Ohio River Museum on the steamboat W.P. Snyder Jr.
Time: 8PM - 11PM
Cost: $30 per person - Reservations required (Limit 30)

More information to come!

Halloweeum at the Museum

October 17, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $10 per person - Reservations required by October 9, 2015

Join us on Saturday, October 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Campus Martius Museum, for a fun filled evening of Halloween inspired activities. Halloween music will have you dancing to your own version of the Monster Mash, as you walk through the “haunted” Appalachian Trail. Make your own slime to take home and decorate your own Pumpkin Patch Pal. Activities are for children third grade and older. Reservations are required by Friday, October 9, 2015.

Appraisal Clinic

November 7, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10AM - 2PM
Cost: $5 per item (Limit 2 items) Excludes Museum Admission

Appraisers: Garth's Auction House, Delaware, OH

Come join Garth’s Auctions, Ohio’s oldest auction house, in support of the Campus Martius Museum on November 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Specialist from Garth’s Auctions will be conducting an antique’s road show and for a $5.oo donation you may have your family heirloom or found treasure appraised by one of Garth’s specialist. All funds collected will be donated to the Campus Martius Museum on behalf of Garth’s Auctions.

An Evening at the Museum

November 20, 2015
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Cost: $50

More information to come!

Brown Baggin' Thru History

December 4, 2015 (First Friday of every other month)
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: Noon - 1PM
Cost: FREE Program. Discounted admission for tour of museum

Museum Day

January 30, 2016
Where: Campus Martius Museum & the Ohio River Museum
Time: All Day
Cost: FREE Admission (Does not apply to groups)

If you’re looking for something fun and cheap to do this weekend, celebrate Museum Day with the Friends of the Museums.

Family Day at Campus Martius Museum

TBD
Where: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 10AM - 3PM (Programs)
Cost: TBD

Winter weather giving you cabin fever? Bring your family to Campus Martius Museum on Saturday, February 21 and learn about the history of our area and the state of Ohio while you participate in fun activities. Make a hand dipped candle to take home, learn to weave and take home your own hand held loom, make a silhouette and do quilting the easy way. Get away from the television, the internet and your cell phone and step back in time and see how our ancestors lived. Each activity begins on the hour from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon and resume at 1:00 until 3:00 PM. Do all activities or just certain ones. Tour the museum on your own. Guided tours of the Putnam House will be given throughout the day on the hour.


Scout Events Coming Up at Campus Martius

Girl Scout Programming at Campus Martius Museum

Scout Events can be scheduled directly through the museum. Please call the museum to discuss ways to meet your troops' needs!