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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Blair Museum of Lithophanes
Blair Museum of Lithophanes

(419) 245-1356

5403 Elmer Dr
Toledo, OH 23615   Directions Website

The Blair Museum of Lithophanes in Toledo is a multifaceted experience in both history and art. A lithophane is a three-dimensional translucent porcelain plaque that was first created in Europe in the 1820s. When backlit, these works feature several intricately etched images and are nothing less than stunning. The largest collection of these pieces can be found at the Blair Museum, as it is home to works that that were created as far back as the 19th century.

Col James M Schoonmaker
Col James M Schoonmaker

(419) 214-5000

701 Front St
Toledo, OH 43605   Directions Website

Make history as a couple by revisiting some aquatic history when you both pay a visit to the SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship in Toledo. This vessel has been a vital part of Toledo's skyline as it is moored near the city's International Park. This impressive ship has been said to be the world's largest bulk freighter, and it is a mighty example of engineering function and artistic style. It has since been renamed the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship. Its maritime heritage awaits you when you step on board and experience this symbol of a bygone era.

Imagination Station
Imagination Station

(419) 244-2674

1 Discovery Way
Toledo, OH 43604   Directions Website

Imagination is something you never outgrow, and nowhere is that more obvious than at Toledo's Imagination Station. Formerly COSI, this amazing venue touts the wonders of science in a fun and highly interactive way. The kids will love the many experiments, exhibits and attractions that will draw them into and make them part of various scientific principles, but they will also enjoy some of the special features here like Mindbender Mansion and various summer camp programs. There are also special tour packages available to groups and area schools.

Toledo Firefighters Museum
Toledo Firefighters Museum

(419) 478-3473

918 Sylvania Ave
Toledo, OH 43612   Directions Website

It's true that every museum has a mission. The Toledo Firefighters Museum is not only meant to underscore the vast contributions of generations of firefighters, but to also bring much-needed attention to the issue of fire prevention and safety. This unique museum was founded in 1976 as a way of honoring the local firefighters, but its scope and significance goes beyond the city limits of Toledo. Learn about how important it is to keep your home and business safe as well as experience several multimedia and interactive exhibits.

Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo Museum of Art

(419) 255-8000

2445 Monroe St
Toledo, OH   Directions Website

Kids love to scribble and draw. If your little ones have an artistic inclination, then foster that talent and maybe even inspire them with a visit to the Toledo Museum of Art. This impressive attraction features art that spans the historical sweep from the ancient to the modern. Many pieces are presented in various media that include pottery, sculpture and photography. There is also a fascinating section of exhibits that spotlight historical furniture and other artifacts.

Wolcott House Museum
Wolcott House Museum

(419) 893-9602

1031 River Rd
Maumee, OH 43537   Directions Website

Toledo's Wolcott House Museum affords you the opportunity to step back into the 1800s to get a taste of what life was like back then. This home that has been carefully restored into the museum it is today illustrates what its original inhabitants, John and Mary Wolcott, experienced on a daily basis. This is a stunning Federal-style structure that dates back to the 1830s and features art, furniture and other items that give an even more detailed picture of a domestic setting. This museum also features several adjacent structures that include a log home that once stood on the banks of the Miami and Erie Canals, an 1840s-style farmhouse, a railroad depot, a church and an 1840s Greek-style home.

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