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Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland

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The Western Reserve Historical Society was founded in 1867, making it the oldest cultural institution in Northeast Ohio. WRHS is located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and is focused on the history of the Western Reserve.AboutLocated in University Circle, an arts and culture district of Cleveland, the Society houses and curates collections of cultural artifacts and documents from various people. The mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society is "to inspire people to discover the American experience by exploring the tangible history of Northeast Ohio." This is accomplished by collecting, preserving and presenting the history of all the people of the Western Reserve. WRHS is a private, membership-based society that also receives funding through investments, grants, and gifts.Cleveland History CenterThe Society's headquarters in University Circle, styled the History Center, houses several facilities: The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum houses over 150 vintage and antique automobiles and airplanes. The Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, fully restored 45 years after the park closed, opened November 23, 2014. The History Museum has changing exhibits of local history. The History Museum also includes: The Hay-McKinney House, a 1911 home with luxurious turn-of-the-century parlors and living areas designed by Abram Garfield, the son of James A. Garfield. The Bingham-Hanna House, built between 1916 and 1919 on the land neighboring the Hay-McKinney property, Harry Payne Bingham built a 35-room house designed by Walker & Gillette, with a landscape by Olmsted Brothers and featuring ironwork by Samuel Yellin. The Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, houses over 30,000 garments from the late 18th century to the present.
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  • An afternoon is not enough time to visit the museum chock full of Cleveland and Ohio history. BE sure to see the great collection o0f antique cars, boats, and planes. Our visit was highlighted by disp...  more »
  • My best friend got married here and everything was amazing. The staff were laid back and friendly , the venue was beautiful , service was great. All in all a really nice wedding. Not sure what was pai...  more »
  • This is a wonderful museum with a little something for everyone. I'm so pleased I got to see the Bob Hope exhibit! It's very well done-lots of memorabilia, video, and photos. It's well organized and f...  more »
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  • History buffs for Cleveland's mansion-era including Hay-McKinney mansion (attached to the museum). Also includes the Crawford car collection and the historical restored Euclid Beach Carousel. They should have a separate entrance if you just want to ride the carousel, though.
  • Friendly staff and it was a nice quiet afternoon. The Chief Wahoo statue was really neat to see, but the descriptions seemed half thought out. The power and politics as well as the one about the garment industry was rather interesting to me. I'm not sure if the Crawford Auto Museum is the same thing or not but that was really awesome and the staff knew a lot and answered all my questions which made it even better.
  • Had a blast last night with two teens in tow. Great to experience the history of Cleveland. Beautiful mansion. The staff was very thorough and kind.
  • I have never been to this museum. ...and sadly I never will. I was just informed of the way they handled a breast feeding mother. They explained that this is illegal and stealing the innocence from childern. Wow...weather it's God or mother nature this is the way humans and all mammals are programmed to feed our childeren. It's the most precious thing a mother can share. It's unfortunate that people and places like this are now allowed to take our rights and ruin our society. I know there will be plenty of responses to this review met with ignorance. ..just a shame where this great nation is right now...makes me sad
  • Extremely professional staff, good visit overall

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Most of Cleveland's hotels are located in downtown, though you can also plenty of comfortable and affordable rooms in the city's outlying neighborhoods. Many downtown hotels offer discounted weekend rates and deals that include tickets to some of the city's major attractions, but if you prefer to stay away from the central part of town, consider the neighborhoods east of the Cuyahoga River. Staying in this part of Cleveland allows you easy access to the city's cultural district, renowned for its museums, galleries, and parks.
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