Snow It Goes: Museums

You’re lucky. You live in Northeast Ohio. It means you have easy access to a variety of top-notch museums during the holidays:

You’re lucky. You live in Northeast Ohio. It means you have easy access to a variety of top-notch museums during the holidays:

•Alliance Historical Black History Museum, 222 S. Arch St., Alliance. Founded in 2012. Exhibits on local, state and national history-makers and inventions created by black Americans, such as the traffic light and the gas mask, both invented by Clevelander Garrett Morgan.

•Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton. Founded during the Great Depression, the museum relocated to its current site in 1971 as part of the Canton Cultural Center. The museum offers a range of classes for adults and children. Its galleries showcase exhibits featuring Ohio artists as well as art from around the world.

•Canton Classic Car Museum, 123 Sixth St. SW, Canton. One of downtown’s best-kept secrets. Lots of cool cars, pop culture items, vintage toys and political memorabilia.

•McCook House Civil War Museum, downtown Carrollton. It is known as the “Homestead of the Fighting McCooks,” five family members who served in the Civil War. A Candlelight Holiday Tour is November 27. A “Festival of Trees” begins November 27-28.

•National First Ladies Library, 205 Market Ave. S, Canton. Former home of the Saxton, Barber and McKinley families. Features histories, artifacts and personal items owned by the wives of America’s presidents. Includes a Research and Education Center.

•Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon. The little museum that could, “MassMu” constantly surprises and delights fans of art, photography, film and history with innovative and creative exhibits.

•Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton. For the football fanatic in your life, there’s no better place to visit. Includes historic and contemporary exhibits of uniforms, equipment, championship memorabilia and the busts of 295 enshrinees. Founded in 1963, the museum is set to undergo an extensive expansion over the next few years.

•Spring Hill Historic Home, 1401 Springhill Lane NE, Massillon. A stop on the Underground Railroad, the historic farm was founded in the 1820s by Quakers Thomas and Charity Rotch, one of the city’s founding families. It became a public museum in 1973.

•Akron Museum of Art, 1 S. High St., Akron. Founded in 1922, the museum offers art that dates back to the 1850s. Permanent pieces include works by Andy Warhol. Traveling exhibits include the popular “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.” The John S. and James S. Knight Building was added in 2004, featuring a three-story glass lobby, a gallery for contemporary work, and a 327-foot, steel-and-aluminum extension.

•“A Christmas Story” House, 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland. Portions of the classic holiday film by the same name were shot in this Tremont neighborhood. The film has proved so popular, the home became a pilgrimage for its aficionados, then a museum.

•Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 E. Blvd., Cleveland. An 11-year, $350 million upgrade and expansion has transformed what was already a quality museum to a world-class facility. Free general admission. The museum’s latest ticketed exhibit, “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse,” will be available through January 5.

•Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Built in 1912 for F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber and his artist-wife, Gertrude, the estate-turned-museum is the largest home built in Ohio. The family donated the estate to the city in 1957. Holiday-related events include “Deck the Hall” (November 27 through January 2) and “An Evening of Holiday Magic,” December 4, 11 and 18.

•Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Opened in 2014 in the former Good Humor Ice Cream Co., the downtown museum offers works by local artists and artifacts from the famed Idora Park amusement park and a movie theater opened by the Warner Brothers. Yes, those Warner Brothers, who hailed from Youngstown.

•Yoder’s Amish Home, 6065 state Route 515, Millersburg. The 116-acre working Amish farm was opened to the public in 1983.

Other notable museums:
• Algonquin Mill, Carrollton
• Jeremiah Reeves House and Carriage House, Dover
• Feline Historical Museum, Alliance
• Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland
• MAPS Air Museum, Green
• Maltz Museum of Jewish History, Shaker Heights
• Gnadenhutten Historical Park and Museum, Gnadenhutten
• Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia
• Warthers Museum, Dover
• Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland
• W.C. Moorehead Museum, Camp Tuscazoar
• Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton
• Zoar Village State Memorial, Zoar