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Marion County Historical Society Museum

The Marion County Historical Society museum is located in a National Register -listed post office building now renamed “Heritage Hall.”

The Marion County Historical Society (MCHS), founded in 1969, nurtures interest in local history through publishing, lectures, special events, children’s programming and the operation of The Marion County Historical Society Museum, Heritage Hall. The Society’s collections include artifacts, documents, and photographs exhibited in themed cases to enhance understanding of Marion County’s rich history, from prehistoric through the industrial boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to the present day. The 2013 exhibit theme is the Civil War and it's effect on Marion and it's citizens.

MCHS’s Harding Presidential Collections chronicle the life and career of Warren G. Harding of Marion, 29th President of the United States. One of the favorite exhibits is a Norman (Percheron) horse, Prince Imperial, born in 1865 in the Stables of Napoleon III of France and brought to Marion County as a 3 year old.

In addition to the Marion County Historical Society exhibits, Heritage Hall also houses the Wyandot Popcorn Museum where you find the largest collection of popcorn poppers and peanut roasters in the world including an 1890 Patent Olsen Squirrel cage dry popper, 1899 Cretors popcorn machine, Ringling Brothers Circus’s 1909 Cretors popcorn Wagon, 1927 concession truck and 1908 Dunbar Concession Wagon. Stop in and see the 50 + popcorn and peanut vending antiques which are restored to practically brand new condition.

Marion County Historical Society Museum Heritage Hall
169 East Church Street

Marion, Ohio 43302

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Local Number: (740) 387-4255

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

Special Hours: Open Sat. and Sun. only in Nov., Dec., March & April. Open by appointment only in Jan. and Feb.




Adults: 4.00
Seniors: 3.00
Students 6 - 18: 1.50

Accepted Forms of Payment

Cash, Check



Prince Imperial

Born into the stables of Napoleon III of France in 1865 and brought to America in 1868, Prince Imperial once held the World's Record for the longest mane.

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