Ever wish you could return to a simpler time, with no Internet, cellphones or television? Now you can! Located in Cincinnati, the Heritage Village Museum transports you to small town life in the 1800s. Take a guided tour of the 13 buildings or a self-guided walking tour. History comes alive when you view the inside of the homes, businesses, schoolhouse and church and see for yourself how people lived in the 19th century.
Visit the museum often because during the year, there are numerous exhibits and events. Through October, see “The Union Forever: An Exhibit of Union Civil War Artifacts.” But be sure to come August 18 to meet Stephen Foster, “composer of such favorites as ‘Oh, Susannah,’ ‘Camptown Races,’ ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ ‘Old Folks at Home’ and numerous others. He will tell you his personal story and accompany himself on accordion while sharing some of his famous songs—inviting the audience to join in as they like.”
The best value for admission is to become a member of the museum ($30 individual/$50 family). Anytime you like during regular hours, you’ll get in free. Attend the special events, such as Fall Harvest Festival (September 19-20), Haunted Village (weekends in October), and Holly Days (December 12-13), all for free. Other perks include discounts at the gift shop, members-only pricing on special programs, kids summer camp and adult workshops. You’ll even get 10 percent off if you get married in the village!
Hours of Operation and Admission (May – September)
Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Guided Tours: 10:30 a.m. / 12:45 p.m. / 3 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.; Guided Tours: 1:30 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.
Self-guided tour (outside of buildings only): $3 adults, $1 children 5-11.
Guided Tour Admission (inside of buildings): $5 adults, $3 children 5-11.
Exhibit only: $2 adults, $1 children.
Children 4 and under and museum members free.