Campus Martius Museum, Marietta Ohio Founded 1788

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Ohio River Museum

The W.P. Snyder Jr. is back!

 

On the deck of the W.P. Snyder at the 
    Ohio River Museum in Marietta, OHThe Ohio River Museum in Marietta is pleased to exhibit the extensive collection of the Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen. While you tour, discover the golden age of the steamboat and learn more about the ecology of the Ohio River system. The Ohio River Museum consists of three exhibit buildings, the first chronicling the origins and natural history of the Ohio River. The history of the steamboat on the Ohio River system is featured in the second building, along with a video presentation on river steamboats. The last building features displays about boat building, mussels in the Ohio River system, and tools and equipment from the steamboat era.

Outside the museum, on the Muskingum River, visitors can take an escorted tour of the W. P. SNYDER JR.-- the last intact steam-powered "pool-type" stern-wheeled towboat in the United States. After your museum visit, cruise the Ohio River on the Valley Gem, a working sternwheeler docked next door to the Ohio River Museum.

Other exhibits on the museum grounds include the pilothouse from the steamboat the TELL CITY, a full-scale reproduction of a flatboat from Ohio's early settlement period, and an 1800 dug-out canoe used as a ferry between Fort Harmer and Marietta's settlement. Also on site are a series of poles showing the heights of some of the worst floods to hit the area in its recorded history: the 1884 flood at 54.5 feet, the 1898 flood at 49.6 feet, the 1907 flood at 52.1 feet, the flood of 1913 at 60.3 feet, and the 1937 flood at 55 feet.

 

Changing Exhibits

Captain Posey

This exhibit focuses on Captain Cumberland W. Posey from Belpre, Ohio. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Captain Posey, a black man, became one of Pittsburgh, PA's success stories, owning and running several towboats, a bank, and one of the first black baseball teams. Truely a man of industry and finance.

WP Snyder Restoration WP Snyder Jr. Return

The W.P. Snyder Jr. phase II restoration is complete! The vessel left in October 2013 to have work completed mainly on the exterior. The W.P. Snyder Jr. will return to her Marietta docks in late May or early June of 2014! Currently, the river levels are too high and the current is too swift to make the trip on the Muskingum River so she is docked at Neale Marine in Vienna until river condtions permit her return.

Thank you to the following donors who have made the Phase II Restoration of the W.P. Snyder Jr. possible:

ODOT
G. Whitney Snyder Charitable Fund
Bernard McDonough Foundation
Washington County Commissioners

Directions

The Ohio River Museum is located at 601 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio, one block from Ohio State Route 7, and minutes from I-77. Free parking is available in the museum parking lot. Ohio River Museum is also wheelchair accessible, except for W.P. Snyder.

If you planning a visit to the Ohio River Museum, also make time to see Campus Martius Museum of the Northwest Territory, just a three minute walk from the Ohio River Museum.

Use the interactive map below for specific driving instructions.


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Hours of Operation

The Ohio River Museum will be open the Friday before the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, September 5 & Friday, September 12, 2014!
  April - Labor Day September - October
Monday 9:30 to 5 Closed
Tuesday Closed Closed
Wednesday-Saturday 9:30 to 5 9:30 to 5, Saturday Only*
Sunday Noon to 5 Noon to 5
Closed Easter & November - March**

** Tours available by appointment.

 

Admission Rates

 

One
Museum admission

1 Day Pass both
Campus Martius & Ohio River Museums
FOM or OHS Member Free Free
Adult $7.00 $9.00
Students K to College (with ID) $4.00 $5.00
Children 5 and under Free Free

 

Educational Programs

Most educational programs at the Ohio River Museum are geared for 3rd through 8th grades with special programming available for all ages. Programs focus on the relationship between people and the river. View steamboat models and artifacts from hundreds of inland boats. Learn about freshwater mussels and the impact that invasive species such as the zebra mussel have had on native species. Many more learning opportunities are available. Ask for details when scheduling!

Mini-Tours: Available only to schools not doing other programs. ($4 per student per one museum; $5 per student for both museums)

Educational programs are also available at the Campus Martius Museum, located just one block from the Ohio River Museum. Tour both museums for just $1 more!

Group Programs Available at the Ohio River Museum

Please refer to the Field Trip Confirmation Form for fees. If you have any questions or need clarification please call or email: Glenna at 740-373-3750 or ghoff@campusmartiusmuseum.org

Ask about Hometown History on Wheels! Bus transportation cost reimbursement available to Washington County schools through donations from area groups and individuals on a limited basis. When scheduling, ask for details.

Reservation Policy

Any group (school, scouts, 4-H, church, etc.) is welcome to reserve either Campus Martius Museum or the Ohio River Museum for programs, tours, events or sleepovers. However, all reservations must be made by contacting Glenna Hoff, Educator/Program Director by calling 740-373-3750 or emailing: ghoff@campusmartiusmuseum.org. Any plans made by groups without the approval of the Educator/Program Director and LeAnn Hendershot, Museum Director, are null and void. Any tentative reservations made through any other individual are subject to the approval of Glenna Hoff and LeAnn Hendershot.

Educational rates apply to groups of students of 20 or more. Smaller groups may be accomodated at the discretion of the Education/Program Director.

To plan your visit, contact our staff via email or by calling 1.740.373.3750. For a print copy of our educational programs, download the following brochure:

 

Educational Admission Rates

  Museum Tour Only* 4th Grade Achievement** Educational Workshop**
Students $3.00 $4.00 $6.00
Chaperones $3.00 $3.00 $3.00
Teachers Free Free Free

Please note that membership discounts do not apply to educational admission rates.

* Add the Campus Martius Museum to your tour for just $1 more!

** Museum tour included.

 

Events

Museum Day

September 27, 2014
Where: Campus Martius Museum & the Ohio River Museum
Time: All Day
Cost: FREE Admission (Does not apply to groups)

On September 27th come to celebrate museum day and discover everything that Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museum has to offer.

A visit to the museums will not just be for historical discovery but also accented by a variety of musicians playing a cornucopia of melodies from an earlier era. There will be something for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Storytellers will abound with tall tales to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Children will delight with narratives such as Steamboat Annie and the Giant Catfish. Adults can listen to accounts by Chuck Parrish as he takes a trip to the past to show the history of Ohio River Navigation. Doc Hollen, Purveyor of Patent Medicine, will be on hand with his Medicine Show to entertain and mystify. Visitors can step back in time when con men traveled the country side telling tall tales and selling snake oil to cure all.

This is just a little of what the day will offer! So, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 27, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Campus Martius & the Ohio River Museums. And remember, this entire event is FREE!