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Allen County Museum

The dramatically expanded and redesigned Allen County Museum is a premier attraction for history lovers of all ages.  Railroad buffs will enjoy seeing the 1925 Shay locomotive, Lima City Street Railway motorman’s cab, and interurban exhibits.  The Children’s Discovery Center offers hands-on activities for kids including a general store, one-room schoolhouse, Native American wigwam and large model railroad layout.Whether your interest is natural history, the Civil War, transportation, or John Dillinger’s gang, you’ll find it all at the Allen County Museum. The institution also offers the Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library, a favorite among family history researchers, and the John H. Keller Railroad Archives featuring thousands of photographs, builders’ prints, and Lima Locomotive Works documents.  


Allen County Museum
620 W. Market St.

Lima, Ohio 45801

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Local Number: (419) 222-9426

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Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Special Hours:




Visitors: FREE
Donations accepted



The Allen County Museum

A picture of the front of the Allen County Museum.

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