Permanent Collection

Ansano di Pietro di Mencio (1406-1481)
Ave Gratia Plena (Hail Full of Grace),
Madonna and Child (c.1470)
Paint and gold leaf on wood panel
Collection of the Massillon
Gift of Robert Peet Skinner (61.94.2)

The Museum’s collection and exhibition program reflect the varied interests of a broad constituency. The mission is to offer a rich mix of history and visual arts to people of all backgrounds and age groups. The Museum is charged with collecting the best in local and regional art and collecting and exhibiting local and regional historical artifacts. An estimated 95% of the catalogued permanent collection consists of gifts from the community. Therefore, there is a direct connection between the permanent collection and the social, economic and cultural history of the community.

At this time the collection encompasses approximately 100,000 objects in 94 categories. Included among the 94 categories are paintings and prints, ceramics, glass, photographs, textiles, costumes, military artifacts, city records, agricultural equipment, Native American objects, quilts, books, musical instruments, medical equipment, furniture, toys, household equipment, circus memorabilia, and many other items. The largest collections in the Massillon Museum are photographs, household artifacts, costumes, china, glass, pottery and circus memorabilia.

The Museum's collection and exhibition program reflect the varied interests of a broad constituency. The mission is to offer a rich mix of history and visual arts to people of all backgrounds and age groups. The Museum is charged with collecting the best in local and regional art and collecting and exhibiting local and regional historical artifacts. An estimated 95% of the catalogued permanent collection consists of gifts from the community. Therefore, there is a direct connection between the permanent collection and the social, economic and cultural history of the community.

Theodore C. Teeple (1835-1913)
Jacob Rohr Barn Raising, 1888
From original glass plate negative
Collection of the Massillon Museum
Gift of William K. Yost (57.183)

The Museum's barn raising photograph, taken by Theodore C. Teeple in the 1880s on the site of present-day Shady Hollow Country Club's clubhouse, has been used all over the world: murals in embassies and art centers, the cover of the national United Way annual report, re-enacted as a float in the Rose Bowl Parade, in textbooks of many languages, and as a poster promoting the U.S. Postal Service voluntarism stamp.

Breathtaking glass objects in the collection are as diverse as signed Tiffany goblets, ancient Egyptian bottles, and Massillon glass paperweights and canes.

The Museum is home to 60,000 photographs, 18,000 archival and reference documents, 800 sets of salt and pepper shakers, 700 geological specimens, and fossils, 300 hats, 251 paintings, 210 toys and dolls, 55 weapons, 3 pianos, 2 steam engines, and 1 skeleton named Oscar.

 

Read more about the collection:

1907-1908 Jewel Automobile
Oscar the Skeleton
The Immel Circus

Preserving Your Own Objects

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Preservation Honor Roll

The following people have contributed archival materials to the Massillon Museum.  Their generous contributions have enabled us to maintain and preserve our collections through the purchase of items such as garment boxes and tissue paper.  We thank them for their thoughtfulness and support of the Massillon Museum, its collections, and most importantly the preservation of our community’s history.  To learn how you can make the honor roll, contact the curator.

Debora and Richard Altimus
Laura Arnold
Jeanne Cooper
Robert E. Dawson
Dottie DeFrance
Maggie Denman
Betty A. Edwards
Mary Ann Fowler
Richard and Susan Gessner
Robert Gessner
Gessner Family Foundation
Vivianne Greene
Christina Nicholis Haas
Leslie A. Heaphy
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Gail Keener
Gail M. Kincaid, In Memory of Dale B. Kincaid

Charles and Wendy Little
Jane Williams Mahoney Philanthropic Fund
Massillon Heritage Foundation, Inc. (Nancy Thatcher)
Dr. Charles S. and Veralee H. McClain
Scot Phillips
Kenneth S. Robinson
Rudolph and Aileen Tekaucic
Thomas and Chiquita Seesan
Maude Slagle
John and Elaine Snively
Joe Snively and Linda Devore
The Sparks Family
John Spinks
State of Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission
The Hoover Foundation
Timken Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Wentzel
Dale E. Young