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Ohio River Museum

Marietta, Ohio is proud of its riverboat heritage and at the Ohio River Museum visitors can 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 of which houses displays depicting 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 tool 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. Other exhibits on the museum grounds include the pilothouse from the steamboat the TELL CITY as well as a full-scale reproduction of a flatboat from Ohio's early steelement period. 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.

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


Ohio River Museum
601 Front Street

Marietta, Ohio 45750

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Toll-Free: (800) 860-0145

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Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 AM
Friday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Special Hours: Check website for seasonal hours.




Adult: 7.00 - 7.00
Student: 4.00 - 4.00
Child: FREE
5 and under
Member: FREE
Ohio hisotircal Society

Accepted Forms of Payment

Cash, Mastercard, Visa



WP Snyder Jr.

The WP Snyder Jr is the last remaining stern-wheeled towboat can be toured by visitors to the Ohio River Museum.

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