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Visit Greater Lima Convention + Visitors Bureau
144 S. Main Street  Ste. 101
Lima, Ohio  45801
(419) 222-6075
info@visitgreaterlima.com

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Bluffton

The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center at Bluffton University

Located on Spring Street on the lower level of Riley Court, follow signs on campus, Bluffton
419-358-3207

www.bluffton.edu/lionlamb
Open hours June-August:
Irregular schedule-to make an appointment, please email lionlamb@bluffton.edu.

Open during the school season (generally):

Tuesday-Thursday 9AM-3PM; Friday 9AM-12PM

Visitors are welcome to browse the library collection of picture books, enjoy the artwork and sculptures inside the center and outside in the Honda Sculpture Garden. Programs and art tours can be scheduled by contacting the center to arrange a time.

Christian Schumacher Swiss Farmstead

8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton
419-358-4822 or 419-358-3412
www.swissmennonite.wordpress.com
Call for an appointment.

Open on Saturdays 1-5PM in June, July, August


Owned by the Swiss Community Historical Society, the farmstead includes a typical Swiss settlement house built in 1843. The barn has an inscription stone reading 1854 set into the limestone wall on the east side, making it one of the earliest large barns in the area. 

Musselman Library at Bluffton University

1 University Drive, Bluffton
419-358-3275


Call for an appointment

 

Musselman Library is home to rich historical collections important to the Bluffton experience and supports the intellectual discovery of the students, faculty, and staff – and of scholars from around the world. These collections are the treasures of the institution... tracing our heritage back to the beginnings of Anabaptism. 

Delphos

Delphos Canal Commission Museum

241 N. Main Street, Delphos
419-695-7737
www.delphoscanalcommission.com


Open Saturdays & Sundays 1-3PM & Thursdays 9AM-12PM. Closed Holidays.

Groups and Special Tours: By Appointment.
 
This folklore museum features the history of the Miami-Erie Canal and the city and people of Delphos. The Canal Commission has an archival collection from the entire historic period of the region. 

Delphos Area Art Guild

309 W. Second Street, Delphos
419-6230-6932
www.delphosareaartguild.com


The Delphos Area Art Guild is a non-profit organization designed to promote and encourage the development, interaction and appreciation of art in various forms. DAAG offers educational classes, workshops and events based on the interests of all ages.

The Delphos Museum of Postal History

339 N. Main Street, Delphos
419-303-5482
www.postalhistorymuseum.org

 

Open by appointment.

Groups and Special Tours: By Appointment

 

This museum includes a transportation room with several antique vehicles with murals of Delphos that correspond with the years these vehicles were used. You will also find a re-creation of a Railway Post Office railcar similar to the one used on the AC & Y railroad that traveled from Delphos to Youngstown. Learn about the construction of the Delphos Post Office. There are over 100,000 domestic stamps on display from

all over the world, many displayed on Penelope the

Postal Pachyderm. 

Harrod Veterans Memorial Park

Adjacent to the Harrod Railroad Park
419-648-7032
Open all year. Call for tours and information.

Walk the path that honors all veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Featuring an M60-A3 Tank, 155 mm M114 A2 Towed Howitzer and a UH-1 Helicopter Tail Number 65-09587 along with many other tributes to our service men and women.

Harrod

Harrod Railroad Park

419-648-7032
S.R. 309 east of Lima, approximately 10 miles. 
South on Napoleon Road for 2 miles

 

See and touch the Shay Locomotive, manufactured in September, 1905, at the Lima Locomotive Works.

Gomer

Gomer Welsh Community Museum

7365 Gomer Road, Gomer

located directly across from the Gomer Church of Christ 

419-642-2732
Open 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month-1:30-4PM

and by appointment.

 

Visit this center for Welsh culture and see memorabilia, artifacts, papers, and pictures perpetuating the understanding of the Welsh heritage and culture so important to northwest Ohio.

Lima

Artspace/Lima

65-67 Town Square, Lima
419-222-1721

Open Tuesday-Friday 10AM-5PM

Open Saturday 10AM-2PM

Closed Sunday and Monday

www.artspacelima.com

 

The premier art gallery and educational center in west central Ohio. Enjoy exhibits in the Ellen Nelson Gallery, Sullivan Gallery, open study gallery, and purchase art in the gallery shop. Also houses one of the regions best arts resource libraries. ArtSpace is housed in a turn of the century brick building in Downtown Lima. Art classes for children and adults available ranging from pottery to photography and everything in between. 

Children’s Garden

Allen County Museum Complex

620 W. Market Street, Lima

567-825-1233

www.limachildrensgarden.com

Open May through October, dawn to dusk

 

This garden has grown to include over 30 mini-themed gardens and child-inspired works of art, with historical elements which relate to Allen County's rich history. It is an interactive green oasis for "children" of all ages. 

John H. Keller Memorial Railway Exhibit

Lincoln Park
1139 E. Elm Street, Lima
City of Lima Parks and Recreation 419-221-5195
www.cityhall.lima.oh.us

Guided tours available by appointment.

 

On display at the Lincoln Park John H. Keller Memorial Lincoln Park Railway Exhibition is the Nickel Plate Road S-3, 2-8-4, #779 Berkshire, the NKP caboose #1091, and the NKP Business Car #5. The 779 was the last of the Berks built for the Nickel Plate, leaving the Lima Locomotive Works for the NKP in 1949.

Lima Fire Fighters Memorial Museum

Lincoln Park
1139 E. Elm Street, Lima
419-221-5173
www.limafiremuseum.org

Open by appointment, call 419-221-5173.

Learn about the heroic individuals who have served the Lima community over the last 150 years. See the photos, newspaper accounts, even the original equipment used to fight some of Lima's most devastating fires. See a beautifully sculpted statue in memoriam of those heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice to save others. Tours by reservation or fire fighters availability upon short notice.

 

Veterans Memorial Freedom Flag Monument

(Maintained by the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Parks District)
1191 Buckeye Road, Lima

419-327-0273
www.uawfreedomflag.com

Open dawn to dusk.

 

The Veterans Memorial Freedom Flag Monument stands proud to salute, thank and honor all U.S. Veterans of the past, present and future. The Veterans Freedom Flag Monument is the largest known permanent flag monument of its type in the United States. Speakers are available by appointment. 

Allen County Museum

620 W. Market Street, Lima

419-222-9426
Closed Mondays and all major holidays.
Open Tuesday-Friday 1-5PM

Open Saturday-Sunday 1-4PM
www.allencountymuseum.org

 

The Allen County Museum is a premier attraction for history lovers of all ages. While railroad buffs will enjoy seeing the 1925 Shay locomotive, Lima City Street Railway motorman’s cab, and interurban exhibits, visitors can also enjoy permanent exhibits such as the pioneer room, a room-sized Mount Vernon model, civil war camp, firearms, the industry of Allen County and an exhibit on John Dillinger. 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. The institution also offers the Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library, and the John H. Keller Railroad Archives featuring thousands of photographs, builders’ prints, and Lima Locomotive Works documents. 

 

MacDonell House Victorian Mansion

Allen County Museum Complex, same hours.
632 W. Market Street, Lima
419-222-9426

 

Built in 1893, the MacDonell House is one of the few remaining examples of Victorian architectural elegance that once marked an area known as the “Golden Block” in Lima, Ohio. During the last two decades of the 19th century, Allen County flourished with the discovery of oil and the growth of the railroad industry. This mansion is a tribute to that prosperous period in its history.

The Schoonover Observatory in Schoonover Park

Lima Astronomical Society
670 N. Jefferson St. (Schoonover Park)

419-371-1289

 

The Schoonover Observatory in Schoonover Park is open at 8PM on the first Friday of every month, and also every Friday from June through August. The public is encouraged to come to the observatory and look through the 14-inch Celestron telescope housed at the facility. Members of the Lima Astronomical Society will be on hand to operate the telescope and answer questions. For updates, please visit the Lima Astronomical Society's Facebook page. Programs can be arranged by appointment. 

Tilton Farm

6555 Madden Road, Lima

419-648-6835
Open May-October for tours, parties, receptions, and meetings by reservation.

 

As you enter the gate and travel the winding path, imagine yourself taking a step back in time. A time of peace and quiet on the open plains where the buffalo once roamed. Traveling around the 7-acre quarry, prepare yourself for a journey into the days of your forefathers. View collections including authentic Civil War artifacts and a room-sized ¾ inch scale circus.

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Spencerville

Spencerville Historical Museum / Spencerville Historical Society

119 E. Fourth Street, Spencerville

419-234-2907
Open March – October on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, 1-4PM and by appointment.
Open November – February by appointment only.

 

The facility houses the Spencerville Historical Museum and Spencerville Historical Society. Several rooms with

artifacts on area military, school, businesses, doctors,

and canal history.