OHC Reopened April 1
The Oberlin Heritage Center is open as of Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Public Open Hours (Business, Museum Shop, & Research): Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday; 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.: 30-Minute “Oberlin Origins” Tours in the Monroe House.
- Saturday; 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.: 45-Minute “Oberlin Origins” Tours in the Monroe House and Little Red Schoolhouse.
- Tours are $3/adult; free for members, college students, and children under 18.
- Saturday; 11:00 a.m.: History Walks (May - September) - learn more here.
- Tours are $6/adult; free for members, college students, and children under 18.
- May: Architecture
- June: Freedom's Friends: Abolition and the Underground Railroad
- July: Civil War to Civil Rights
- August: One Step More: Oberlin Women's History
- September: Radicals and Reformers (Westwood Cemetery)
- Tablet Tours for outdoor are available through rental of OHC-owned devices. Currently, OHC offers two self-guided tablet tours: Freedom’s Friends: Abolition & the Underground Railroad and Picture the Past: Downtown Oberlin. Please call 440-774-1700 to reserve your tablet in advance. Tablet rentals are $5/hour or $20/day; 20% discount for OHC members.
OHC will enact the following guidelines to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of all visitors, volunteers, and staff.
Advance Registration Required
All visitors will be required to make advance reservations and payments for tours by registering online at https://secure.oberlinheritage.org/events.shtml or by calling the museum at 440-774-1700. Visitors without reservations may be refused service. If you plan to visit OHC for business or to visit our Museum Store, please consider calling ahead to schedule an appointment to ensure you receive the best possible service. All research requests and appointments must be scheduled in advance.
At this time, all indoor tours will operate with the restricted capacity of nine (9) individuals from one (1) family or familiar group. During our restrictive operations, the building capacity will be limited.
All visitors or household groups must complete the COVID-19 screening survey, including the written confirmation that: 1) they do not feel ill or exhibit common COVID-19 symptoms, and 2) they have not knowingly come into contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 14 days.
All visitors to the Monroe House and on our history walks are required to wear face coverings if they are physically able to do so. Disposable masks are available at the museum, as supplies last. We also encourage visitors to take advantage of our hand sanitizing station and/or restroom for hand washing before and after the tour. We ask all museum patrons to follow social distance guidelines by standing 6 feet apart from individuals not in their immediate familial or familiar group. Visitors who do not follow our safety protocols may be refused service and asked to leave.
Due to limited staff hours, cleaning supplies, and for the protection of our collections and patrons, please understand our daily operations and use of grounds will be limited. At this time, we cannot allow groups to congregate in the usual indoor spaces included on the history walks. Tablets may still be reserved and rented from the Monroe House for our self-guided tours and will be thoroughly disinfected after each use.
Subject to Change
Given the nature of the pandemic and OHC’s limited human resources, there may be unexpected service interruptions which we will do our best to communicate in a timely manner. We appreciate your support and understanding of our policies and we hope to welcome you to the Oberlin Heritage Center soon.
For questions or concerns relating to our operations and policies, please contact Amanda Manahan, the Museum Education & Tour Coordinator at 440-774-1700 or firstname.lastname@example.org .