“A Must see for anyone who lives here or who is visiting, the Mckinley Museum is Truly one of Canton’s Hidden Gems.”
Thanksgiving

Day After Thanksgiving Activities

Tired of all the leftovers? Don’t know what to do with the out of town guests? We have the solution. Come to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum on Friday November 28 for a full d

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Open House Invite 2014

Holiday Open House

Please join us for our annual Holiday Open House on Friday December 5, from 6-8 PM.  Members are FREE, $5 for non-members.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for our local food banks.

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Welcome to The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

This hands-on interactive science center, Presidential museum and historical library takes visitors on a scientific journey through the past, present and future.

Welcome to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. Visitors to our museum are in for a wonderful experience that includes an interactive, hand-on science center, a presidential museum dedicated to our 25th president, a historical library, planetarium and more. We also invite you to experience the solemn memorial to our martyred president, the McKinley National Memorial.

We are dedicated to collecting and preserving the significant materials and records related to the life of William McKinley, his family and his career. We’re also the official historians of Stark County and are always on the lookout for facts and artifacts that tell the Stark County story. We serve as an education center of history and science and offer interpretive exhibitions and educational programs for the local community and an expanding global audience.

 

Upcoming Events

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Permanent and Current Exhibits:

  • Prehistoric Fun

    Pre-historic Fun

    This hands-on interactive science center takes visitors on a scientific journey through the past, present and future. Travel back to the time of the dinosaur at the Natural History Island. Visit our animal friends at the Ecology Island, and capture your shadow in Fascination Station!

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    HooverPrice Planetarium

    Hoover-Price Planetarium

    Travel to outer space without ever leaving the ground! That’s how you will feel after you experience the museum’s 65 seat Hoover-Price Planetarium. Over 60 projectors show the aurora, meteor shower, an asteroid, panorama of downtown Canton, clouds, snow, phases of the moon and dozens of constellations.

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    The Stark County Story

    This exhibit chronicles 200 years of our history through artifacts, photographs and interpretive audio programs.  Visitors will be able to see The Laffing Lady from Meyers Lake, dresses from the 1890s and 1930s, a Civil War overcoat, a video of a canal lock in operation, a 1950s kitchen, a giant Timken bearing ride, Danner bookcase patent models, and MUCH MORE!!!

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  • Street of Shops

    Step back in time as you walk through our Street of Shops, a life-size replica of a historic town.  Visit the Dannemiller Store, Gibbs Manufacturing Company, the Eagle Hotel and our fire station– complete with a horse-drawn fire engine.  Kids can even slide down a real fire pole!  Be sure to stop at our model train layout, housed inside a replica of downtown Canton’s train station.  Here you will see the historical and working relationship of the Pennsylvania Railroad and our community.

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    McKinley Gallery

    Using objects and images from the Museum’s vast collection, this gallery contains the largest collection of McKinley artifacts in the world and chronicles the life and career of our 25th President from his birth to his tragic death at the hands of an assassin. The exhibit also explores the construction of the McKinley National Memorial and the unfortunate fate of the McKinley’s Canton home.

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    Gift Shoppe

    The Museum Shoppe stocks an assortment of items to reflect the diversity of the museum itself. You will find science books, toys, pretty Victorian-style pins and accessories, Carnegie dinosaurs, t-shirts, games, and books. The Museum Shoppe will be happy to provide you with gift certificates or shopping by mail. You can visit the Museum Shoppe for free.

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Permanent and Current Exhibits:

  • Prehistoric Fun

    Pre-historic Fun

    This hands-on interactive science center takes visitors on a scientific journey through the past, present and future. Travel back to the time of the dinosaur at the Natural History Island. Visit our animal friends at the Ecology Island, and capture your shadow in Fascination Station!

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  • Street of Shops

    Step back in time as you walk through our Street of Shops, a life-size replica of a historic town.  Visit the Dannemiller Store, Gibbs Manufacturing Company, the Eagle Hotel and our fire station– complete with a horse-drawn fire engine.  Kids can even slide down a real fire pole!  Be sure to stop at our model train layout, housed inside a replica of downtown Canton’s train station.  Here you will see the historical and working relationship of the Pennsylvania Railroad and our community.

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Make A Donation

Contributions are very important to the future well being of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. There are many ways for you to donate to ensure that the educational mission continues…  + Learn More

Become A Member

Enjoy all the museum has to offer including: Free admission, Reciprocal admission privileges to more than 250 science centers & museums across the country, Free admission to planetarium programs… + Learn More

Featured Artifacts

Curator's Corner

Learn more about what’s going on behind-the-scenes at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum from Curator Kim Kenney!

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Archivist's Attic

I express my daily tasks as an archivist, the highlights, and the happenings of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.

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Research Library

The Ramsayer Research Library holds images, archives, and reference materials related to the life and career of William McKinley.

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