Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Massillon Museum accessible?
Yes, the Museum is wheelchair accessible.
What is in your Museum?
First Floor: Lobby/Receptionist, gallery for changing art and history exhibitions, and the OhRegionalities Museum Shop. Click here for current Main Gallery exhibits.
Second Floor: Museum’s Permanent Collection galleries: Immel Circus Gallery, Photography Gallery, Paul L. David Sports Gallery, and staff offices.
Lower Level: Education Department, Fred F. Silk Community Meeting Room/Studio M Gallery, public restrooms and drinking fountain. Click here for the current Studio M exhibit.
Third Floor: Non-public storage space
How much does it cost to visit the Massillon Museum?
It's free and open to the public!
The Museum charges for certain special events, such as our Rhythms concert series and classes.
When is the Museum open?
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm, and Sunday 2:00-5:00pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
When I visit, where do I park?
Two-hour free parking is available on the street and in nearby city lots.
When was the Massillon Museum founded?
The Massillon Museum was founded in 1933, following the bequest of Frank Lee and Annie Steese Baldwin of their home (the former home of Massillon’s founder James Duncan) along with seed money for a public library and museum.
Wasn’t the Museum part of the Massillon Public Library?
Yes. The Massillon Museum operated in the same building as the Massillon Public Library until December 31, 1994, when a capital fund campaign allowed the Museum to move to a bigger building with more storage and gallery space. The Museum opened in the current building on May 16, 1996.
What was the 121 Lincoln Way East building before it was a Museum?
This building was built in 1931 by the Swanson Brothers as a dry goods store- first Gensemer Brothers, then Stark Dry Goods, and later O’Neil’s home furnishings department.
What sort of recognition has the Massillon Museum received?
The Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1973.
The Museum was honored by Northern Ohio Live magazine as one of the region’s top three Museums in 2006.
The Museum earned 15 Ohio Museums Association Visual Communications awards from 2004-2011.
The Museum received 1 of 10 NEA American Masterpiece grants in 2007.
The Massillon Museum was voted a finalist for “Best Museum in Stark County” in the Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau “Best of Stark County” Competition.
What benefits are there to being a member of the Massillon Museum?
10% discount on classes and workshops
Subscription to the Massillon Museum newsletter
Invitations to “members only” events
10% discount in the Museum shop, Ohregionalities
Logo item for new member
For more information on Massillon Museum membership, please click here.
What special events does the Museum host?
Annual Island Party in July
Fun Fest co-sponsorship in August
Tiger Stripe Ice Cream and display a football hero exhibit at the Massillon Tigers’ kick off pep rally
For a calendar of upcoming events, please click here.
What ongoing events does the Museum host?
Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Museum offers classes in Spring, Summer, and Fall each year for children, teens, and adults. Click here to check out the current class offerings.
What other educational programs are offered?
The Museum offers gallery talks, workshops, book discussions, and films to augment exhibitions.
The Museum hosts hundreds of school tours every year. The third grade program fulfills student history requirements.
Click here to learn more about our educational programs.
Why aren't you the Massillon Museum of Art?
The Massillon Museum does not focus solely on art. The Museum has more than 100,000 objects of art AND history.
Does the Massillon Museum display art?
Yes. The Museum has a large collection of fine arts: photography, paintings on canvas, works of art on paper, glass, and ceramics. The Museum also has collections of photography by Aaron Siskind, Belle Johnson, William Bennett, and Nell Dorr.
Does the Museum display historic objects?
Yes. The collection contains a variety of different historic objects donated from local individuals and families. The Museum has more than 60,000 historic photographs that document Massillon and surrounding area. The Museum also owns the Jewel (a car made in Massillon in 1907-1908), Oscar the skeleton, and a large collection of Native American artifacts.
When do exhibits change?
The Massillon Museum presents 5 exhibits in the Main Gallery each year.
Second floor exhibits rotate every 6 months to a year. The Immel Circus is always on display, but the objects on the walls rotate.
Studio M, in the lower level, changes every 5 weeks.
For more information on current exhibits, click here.
My family donated something a long time ago. Why hasn’t the Museum displayed it?
The Massillon Museum has more than 100,000 objects in 94 different categories. The staff rotates objects in our Main Gallery and Second Floor Galleries on a regular basis so that patrons can see as many of the Museum’s artifacts as possible. With limited gallery space, less than 5% of the collection can be displayed at one time.
If you would like to read more about our collection, please click here.
Can I come in and do research?
Certainly! The staff would love to help you research your topic. Please make an appointment with the Curator (Alexandra Nicholis Coon) or the Archivist (Mandy Altimus Pond) first so that the Museum can provide you with as much information as possible.
What are the Museum’s outstanding collections?
The Massillon Museum’s outstanding collections include photography, costumes, Native American pottery and baskets, the Pease Collection of Ethnological and Archaeological Objects, decorative arts, quilts, and the Immel Circus collection.