Museums & Exhibits

Sauder Companies exhibit

Museum Building - A treasure chest of Americana!

With the Museum Building closed for much of the 2015 season due to flooding, guests will certainly be excited about the updates made to this collection of Ohio history. Thanks to support from many generous donors, major renovations have taken place in the Museum Building to provide more engaging and interactive learning opportunities.

In the first gallery guests can learn more about Erie Sauder and the Sauder Companies with new artifacts and photos on display and an interactive video kiosk. Next, explore agriculture in Ohio with an expanded Grain: From Field to Flour display and also Agriculture: It’s All Around Us - a brand new exhibit that addresses the role agriculture plays in providing food, clothing and shelter. The Great Black Swamp gallery is an exciting, multi-faceted display that looks at the natural environment of Northwest Ohio, how the swamp has been altered, and the people who have lived in the swamp. Finally, in celebration of Archbold’s Sesquicentennial, the Building Our Community exhibit highlights major events, challenges and successes in the Archbold community along with people who helped to shape it.

Guests will have an opportunity to take a walk through the Great Black Swamp, play interactive farming games and explore a variety of unique artifacts in these new gallery exhibits. We’re sure these exhibits will be a highlight of your visit and we look forward to continued enhancements to our Museum Building into the future.

Grain Exhibit
Grain Exhibit Museum
Erie Sauder's car

Also located in the Museum Building . . .

  • Collection of Artifacts: In addition to the new gallery exhibits guests will also enjoy exploring the other artifacts and special displays found in the Museum Building (Note: a portion of the Museum Building remains closed as work continues in this building).
  • Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop: Located in the Museum, this nationally-recognized Quilt Shop is a popular stop for quilters and crafters throughout the region. Stop by to visit with the volunteer quilters often busy at work in the shop!
  • Special Demonstrations/Displays: The Museum is also used for special demonstrations, displays and hands-on activities on many festival days throughout the season.
Great Black Swamp Exhibit - interactive feature
Agriculture Exhibit - hands-on area

Barn Getaway

Escape the hustle & bustle of a hectic schedule, plan a fun-filled get-away with great food, memorable experiences and warm hospitality!

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Jan. 23 - May. 31, 2018

Historical Cooking

Jan. 23 - May. 31, 2018

Broom Making Apprenticeship
Spinning yarn on a spinning wheel

Jan. 23 - May. 31, 2018

Spinning Apprenticeship

Jan. 23 - May. 31, 2018

Custom Rug Hooking Class