It may be a bit hard to find but it’s well worth the effort! The Indian Museum of Lake County has helped collect and preserve the archaeological history of Lake County.
The museum is home to over 60,000 items, with artifacts which were discovered locally as well as across North America. The organization began as the Lake County Chapter of the Ohio Archaeological Society – with the intent of curating items discovered in the Reeves (Eastlake, OH) site discovered in the 1970s. The museum originally opened in October 1980 at Lake Erie College where it was located for 25 years. The collection moved to Willoughby Tech for 10 years, and has since been located in Mentor for the past two years.
An average of 2,500 people visit each year from around the world, including a recent group from Norway.
The museum offers tours and hosts groups ranging from seniors to preschoolers. A staffer is always on hand to offer background on all artifacts on display, and there are hands-on activities.
If you’re looking for something to do, why not experience a bit of hometown history and pay a visit. The museum is open weekdays from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is just $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for kids K-12. Pre-K kids are free. Visits can range from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on your individual level of interest.
The Indian Museum of Lake County is located at 7519 Mentor Ave., Ste A112 in Mentor. Learn more at www.indianmuseumoflakecounty.org or by calling (440) 951-3813.