Mischief in the Street: A Virtual Escape Room Fundraiser

Join President McKinley and a cast of suspicious characters as you, and your team, virtually solve the mystery of his stolen watch! A bonus feature of this event is that you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home, while supporting our museum!


We are hosting a Virtual Escape Room titled “Mischief in the Street.” In order to Escape the Virtual Room, you and your team will encounter a series of clues, puzzles, and riddles that will need to be solved to catch a thief and virtually “move” through the Street of Shops to escape.


The Virtual Escape Room will be played in teams of 8-10 people. If you want to assemble your own team, please purchase all of your tickets at once. If you don’t have a group to play with, we will group people together in virtual teams. Get tickets with this link.


Materials Needed:
Internet Browser
A Zoom Account (Free Version works)
At least 1 Desktop Computer or Laptop per team (iPad/smartphone/Chromebook can work, but might not have access to all features within the Escape Room)
Microphone (to be able to talk to other team members)

Optional Materials: Webcam, Paper & Pencil

Job Opening in Discover World!

We are hiring a part-time assistant in the science department. The work shift will be Friday and Saturday, from 8-4 and during special events throughout the week nights. This job is great for a college student or someone with a background in one of the major fields of science.


Training will be given. Duties include; animal care, presenting tours and science demonstrations, creating social media content pertinent to science and Stark County. Must be willing to attend animal care workshops. Must be very personable and be able to interact with visitors of all ages. 


We will be accepting resumes until August 28th, 2020. Please submit a resume to science@mckinleymuseum.org.  We will not be accepting phone calls for this position.

Christopher J. Kenney Memorial Bus Fund

Christopher J. Kenney, 46, passed away on Christmas Eve, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with cancer. Donations can be made to the Christopher J. Kenney Memorial Bus Scholarship Fund which through a grant program will fulfill Chris’s dream of providing transportation funds for schools who cannot afford a field trip because of the high cost of busing.

Those who would like to contribute to the fund may do so HERE.

McKinley Museum and Monument Opening June 16

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will re-open on Tuesday June 16 at 9:00 AM with new hours and policies in place in response to COVID-19.

The Museum will be open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00 PM from Tuesday through Saturday.  Guests will need to choose a morning or afternoon time slot to visit the Museum.  The Museum will be CLOSED from 12:00 – 1:00 PM to disinfect high touch areas in all public spaces.  The Museum will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

“Keeping our guests safe is our top priority,” said Executive Director Kim Kenney.  “Staff will be using Quat-Stat 5, a hospital-grade, one-step disinfectant virucide cleaner, to disinfect our exhibits, railings, door handles, etc. throughout the day, but we will be doing a deep disinfecting process twice a day.  We will close for one hour between our morning and afternoon visitation slots, and we will repeat this process before we open the next day at 9:00 AM.”

In order to provide a safe environment for social distancing, admission will be based on 50% of the Museum’s building capacity.  The Museum will be selling a maximum of 220 admissions for each time slot.  Guests must choose ONE time slot to visit.  Morning visitors will not be permitted to return for the afternoon time slot.  Reservations are not available at this time, and tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

“There are some exhibits that are difficult or impossible for us to keep clean during this time,” said Kenney.  “Please be aware that some areas of the Museum will not be open.   To avoid gathering too many people in a small space, all science shows and planetarium shows have been suspended until at least Labor Day.”

Guests will be required to stand 6 feet apart while in line to purchase admission tickets.  Depending on the size of a family, the Museum can accommodate 1-2 families in line inside.  Visitors will be asked to wait on the front porch of the Museum until there is space for the next party to enter the building.

All visitors will be required to wear masks at all times inside the Museum to protect each other and Museum staff and volunteers who are in vulnerable populations.  Single-use masks will be available at the Admissions Window for $1.00, which is below cost.


The Auditorium will be closed until further notice, so no outside food or beverages will be permitted in the building.  Guests can use the outdoor picnic tables, but they must maintain proper social distance between family groups.

“We have added hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, and we encourage our visitors to use them often,” said Kenney. “To help us maintain a safe environment, we are asking our guests to refrain from unnecessarily touching surfaces in our building as much as possible.”

Museum Shoppe guests will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering the Museum Shoppe.  Guests will be limited to 5 at a time inside the Museum Shoppe.  Curbside pick-up is available for Museum Shoppe purchases made online or over the phone.

We will not be able to accept artifact donations without an appointment until further notice.  If you are interested in donating artifacts or archival materials, please call 330-455-7043 and ask for Collections Manager Kait Bergert for 3D objects and Archivist Mark Holland for paper-based donations.

“The staff has spent a lot of time during our closure brainstorming how to keep everyone safe when we re-open,” said Kenney.  “Our new policies represent best practices in the museum field in response to COVID-19.  We are excited to welcome visitors back into our building, and we want everyone to know that we take your health and safety very seriously.”



The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr NW in Canton.  The Keller Gallery is the Museum’s temporary exhibition space and features a variety of topics each year.  The Museum also includes the McKinley National Memorial, McKinley Gallery, Street of Shops, The Stark County Story, Discover World, and the Hoover-Price Planetarium.  The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00. The Museum is closed Sunday and Monday.


McKinley Museum Employee Fund

Help the McKinley Museum pay its dedicated staff during the Coronavirus shutdown.

We hope you can help support them with a donation. Learn more HERE.

Soup at Six–The True Story of Thanksgiving

What was the first Thanksgiving REALLY like?  Spoiler alert:  it was nothing like you’ve been taught!  On Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 PM learn the true story of Thanksgiving with Executive Director Kim Kenney.  What was available to eat in 17th century colonial America?  Sign up for this Soup to find out!

This exciting evening begins with one of our signature soups, fresh baked bread, drinks and dessert.

The program begins at 6:00 PM. Cost is $20.  Pre-paid reservations are required.  Please call 330-455-7043 or purchase your tickets online.

Walk with the President

Our “Walk with President McKinley” is now available ONLINE! Click below to begin your adventure with President McKinley!

Meet the Authors Luncheon and Exhibit Preview

Join us on Wednesday June 12 at 12:00 PM for this special luncheon and exhibit preview. Meet authors Kim Kenney and Barb Abbott who wrote Stark County Food: From Early Farming to Modern Meals.  The program will feature an exclusive look at images that were not included in the book, as well as a special preview and tour of the Keller Gallery exhibition based on the book, which opens to the public the next day.  Lunch will feature food from DioGuardi’s Italian Market, which is included in the book.

Cost is $15 and pre-paid reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online or call 330-455-7043.

Director’s Endowment Fund

As the board prepares for the retirement of Director Joyce Yut, we need to provide additional funds to pay the new director. Joyce has served as a volunteer for nearly 30 years and 22 have been as Museum Director – saving the Museum over one million dollars.

The Director’s Chair Endowment Campaign has a goal of $1.5 million with a 3 year time table. The funds will be entrusted to the Stark Community Foundation and only the earnings will be used to pay the new director. We thank you in advance for your support!

Soup at Six–Moving the President

Join us on January 19 at 6:00 PM for our next Soup at Six!!!  This exciting evening begins with one of our signature soups, fresh baked bread, drinks and dessert. Then sit back and enjoy Moving the President presented by Christopher Kenney, Director of Education. This illustrated program chronicles the history of presidential transportation. From the horse and carriage to advanced jet aircraft the program will cover how our Presidents have moved from place to place.

 The program begins at 6:00 PM. Cost is $15.  Pre-paid reservations are required.  Please call 330-455-7043.

The Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW in Canton