Harmon Museum – Lebanon, Ohio - Atlas Obscura
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Harmon Museum

This 30,000 square-foot museum is home to an extensive collection of art and artifacts that reflect the history of southwest Ohio. 

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The Harmon Museum, also sometimes referred to as the Lebanon Museum, is housed in historic Harmon Hall. Built in 1913 as a recreational facility by the real estate mogul and philanthropist William Elmer Harmon, Harmon Hall was donated to the City of Lebanon. 

Harmon was born and raised in Lebanon and complained there was no place to play when he was a child. He gave the city Harmon Hall, Harmon Park (he established more than 120 across the country), Harmon Golf Course, and endowed the Harmon Civic Trust to maintain the properties. Harmon Hall was state of the art for 1913, equipped with exercise machines (yes, those weird ones), a basketball court (you can still see part of the court in the General Store on the Village Green), and a two-lane bowling alley (now the Farm Heritage Gallery).

It became a YMCA in 1946 and served as such until it was leased to the Warren County Historical Society in 1961 for its museum. The society bought the hall in 1981 and built an addition. It is now an acclaimed county museum that holds more than 30 exhibits across three floors.

Know Before You Go

We have a new, entrance in the rear of the building, that is universally acceptable. An elevator connects all floors and galleries except for the Victorian Gallery. It used to be the concessions area and they stuck it up a little flight of steps.

The Village Green is a recreation of an early 1900s town square.

There are discounted rates for students, seniors and families. Active military personnel are free.


 


 

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