A Day at the Museums in Athens


The Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, Ohio.

History, art and science buffs will love exploring the museums in Athens County. If you find yourself visiting on a gray, rainy or snowy day, head indoors at a museum, where there’s plenty to do, see and explore.

Treasure history: While the Athens County Historic Society and Museum is undergoing construction, the gift shop and genealogy library at the museum remain open. Book a walking tour of the former Athens Lunatic Asylum buildings at The Ridges, which are led by George Eberts, an expert on Athens history. Two-hour tours are held once a month on Sunday afternoons.

Get inspired: Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art is a world-class institution with a variety of permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, educational programming and special tours. Located at The Ridges, looking out over Ohio University’s campus, the art museum currently features Southwest Native American textiles, ceramics and jewelry; American paintings; drawings and photography; contemporary prints; ceramics and sculpture.

Discover the possibilities: Explore the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery, located in The Market on State. It’s hands-on, exploratory museum that’s extremely interactive and will provide endless entertainment for young children and families. With rotating hands-on exhibits, frequent live programming and a new craft each week, there is always something new to do and see.

Be moved: The Dairy Barn Arts Center is well-respected throughout the national art community and has been listed on National Register of Historic Places. The Dairy Barn hosts exhibits, events and educational programs that nurture and promote local artists and artisans. Exhibitions are held in several areas at The Dairy Barn, many stay for several months but are on a rotating schedule.

After an afternoon of exploring museums in Athens, enjpoy a bite at a local restaurant that holds a special place in Athens history–like Miller’s Chicken, a locally-owned diner that’s been in operation for 60 years.

When you’re in town and exploring Athens’ finest museums, share your favorite moments on social media using #AthensOhio.