OUR 2018 EXHIBITS
We had two featured exhibits in the museum in 2018. The first was a history of ELECTRICITY on this Island. We make it easy to read those interesting stories about candles, oil lamps, and the very early days of gas lights and electricity. Hancock Wood is celebrating its 80th year on Kelleys Island. There are tidbits from the Island newspaper as well as loads of pictures from the 1953 installation of the underwater cable (and our thanks to Hancock Wood for sharing these). We also have a small, but very interesting display of early electric and non-electric appliances that were used in the modern kitchen. We still have a vintage ice box that was once used in the Parsonage on display.
Our 2nd display features bathing suits and photos of bathing beauties from the 1950's.
Our hours for 2020
We are currently closed until the governor lifts the ban Museum openings. We expect to re-open in June.
June 7 (tentative) - August 30 open 7 days a week 12-4
September 6 - October 11 - Saturday/Sunday 10-4
October 11 is our last day open for the season.
The Parsonage Resale Shop is currently open with limited hours - watch for the OPEN flag. We expect to be (generally) open 12-4 daily (unless it is too cold to work) once the travel ban is lifted.
OUR EXHIBITS FOR 2019
This year we feature two new exhibits - Commercial fishing around the Island with stories, photos, artifacts belonging to our Island fishermen and their friends.
Also, and the history of the Kelleys Island Landowners Assoc.
The Museum, gift shop, Parsonage resale shop and historic old stone church are located at 224 Division Street, Kelleys Island, next to the Stone Church. JUST A SHORT WALK FROM DOWNTOWN.
Our admission fee is:
$3.00 per person
$5.00 for a family (up to 6 people)
Groups of 6 or more - $1.00 each
Members get in free
For a small additional fee we can arrange for a speaker and/or slideshow telling the story of the Island's History. We can make special arrangements for large groups to tour the museum.
OUR 2017 EXHIBIT
We spent the winter of 2015/16 inventorying and reorganizing the entire museum - This was one BIG job. But visitors found the 'new' museum so much more interesting. We added loads of photos and posters explaining what you see displayed. We moved the exhibit on Island bars, saloons and restaurants to make room for our next year's exhibit.
Our 2017 display featured a Kelleys Island Kitchen - you know, the one your Grandma had. Did you know that they had a (somewhat) automatic bread machine in the early 1900's? And remember all those wood handled kitchen utensils? We had everything but the kitchen sink (and stove) on display.