Today is the Smithsonian Museum's National Museum Day and in honor of the occasion admission to our local museums, the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museum, is free.
What's there to see and do at the local museum? More than you may realize:
Marietta was the first settlement of the Northwest Territory. Campus Martius features three floors of exhibits showcasing that time.
Campus Martius is also home to the Rufus Putnam House which is an original part of the Campus Martius Fort more than 200 years ago. The house is actually inside the museum.
Special exhibits are on display, including one that features the Civil War and the local residents of the time who participated in the conflict.
There are also minerals and fossils at the museum on loan from Marietta College's Geology Department.
Next door at the Ohio River Museum, the history of the area's rivers, steamboats and more take center stage. An historic shanty boat is among the museum's newest displays.
Marietta is known for its history and nowhere is it showcased better than our local museums. We hope your busy weekend plans will include a a 'free' stop at the museums.