Explore Museums in Ohio Near the Hocking Hills

Explore Museums in Ohio Near the Hocking Hills

The Hocking Hills region in Ohio is known for its breathtaking and unspoiled nature that attracts adventurers from around the country. As the weather cools down, adventurers can explore a different side of the Hocking Hills. The fascinating history and unique museums of the area are often overlooked. There are several museums in Ohio to keep you interested when spending time in the Hocking Hills. From viewing the most extensive collection of pencil sharpeners in America to visiting the home of a Civil War General, we have something to pique anyone’s curiosity. 


Stay at our Chalets in Hocking Hills and choose from over 50 premier cabins close to the Hocking Hills State Park. And if you are looking for something unique to do while you’re here, why not learn local history and admire art at these Ohio museums: 

Hocking Hills State Park Visitors Center

The Visitors Center for Hocking Hills State Park at Old Man’s Cave recently opened exhibitions that focus on the natural and human history of the region. The Visitors Center is an excellent place to get an introduction to local history and pick up free guides to the region’s parks.  This museum is a convenient 5-minute drive from our chalets near Old Man’s Cave, so you won’t have to go far to learn something new.

Pencil Sharpener Museum

The Pencil Sharpener Museum in Logan is sure to be one of the quirkiest museums you will ever visit. The museum includes more than 3,400 pencil sharpeners in a small building outside the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. This museum may be tiny, but it’s worth it if you are looking for a quick and interesting stop.

Hocking County Historical Museum

If you are interested in history, downtown Logan is a great place to spend an afternoon. Stop at the Hocking County Historical Society and Museum and learn about the Native American presence in Hocking County, the Lutz Steam Car, railway telegraphs, military memorabilia, and more. While you are here, you can also grab a historic walking tour brochure of downtown Logan if you want to continue your journey into the past.

Sherman House Museum

If you are interested in Civil War history, we recommend driving to the Sherman House Museum in nearby Lancaster. This museum is the childhood home of Civil War General William Sherman and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Most rooms have been restored to their original 19th-century style, but one features a Civil War field tent recreation. The last room in the house features excellent Civil War artifacts, guns, and GAR memorabilia. Discover fascinating artifacts and stunning Federal-style architecture when you visit the Sherman House.

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

If you are not interested in history, we recommend checking out the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster instead. This unique nonprofit museum provides exhibitions, public programs, art classes, and workshops to keep the local community involved in art. The current exhibition is titled “Distinctly Paramount” and celebrates the fashion of Hollywood films. You will even be able to see artifacts from the Academy Award-winning film Rocketman when you visit the gallery.


Premier Cabins in the Hocking Hills

Spend a day exploring the fascinating and unique museums in Ohio during your getaway to the Hocking Hills. Then return to a cozy cabin in the woods when you stay with Chalets in Hocking Hills. Gather around the firepit for s’mores or relax in the outdoor hot tub of our Alpine cabin. We have over 50 lodging options, so you are guaranteed to find the perfect property for your getaway. Discover our favorite things to do on our news page and start planning your escape to the Hocking Hills today!