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Sylvania Historical Village & Heritage Center Museum

5717 N. Main St.
Sylvania, Ohio 43560
P: 419-517-5533


Sylvania Historical Village and Heritage Center Museum bring our history – our collective story – to life. Step through our doors and you enter the world as our ancestors knew it for the past 200 years.

Join us! It’s a fascinating walk ...

Museum, Gardens, Exhibits, Classes and Shops

Visit the Village Online

What, where and why our buildings and programs are so fascinating. Photos, background and virtual tours!

Educational Programs

For teachers, scouts and institutional groups. Bring history to life with programs exploring the One-Room School, Underground Railroad and Early Ohio.


Day camps, seasonal celebrations and special events – save the dates!

Early Sylvania

Read about how Sylvania got its name – and almost didn’t – and the early schools that built the city’s future.

Town Crier

What does Sylvania’s Official Town Crier do? Find out here …

Lathrop House

Learn about Sylvania’s connections with the Underground Railroad.


Heritage Center Museum

Wednesday 3 – 7 p.m.
Saturday 1 – 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.

Village Buildings

Open for tours by appointment only or during special events.

Click the Play button to learn more about the Historical Village


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Become a Member!

Be a history maker! Become a member of the Village and help keep the history and cultural memory of your city alive and vibrant for generations to come.

Benefits of Membership

  • Quarterly newsletter and member recognition in the newsletter
  • Annual members-only open house
  • The gratitude of teachers, schoolchildren and historians throughout the region

Become a member today!

Supporter Levels

Single $15
Family $25
Senior $10

Corporate Partnership Levels

Passenger $75
Conductor $150
Engineer $250

Volunteer Opportunities

Joyce Armstrong, Curator
P: 419-882-4865


Whether you have just a couple of hours a month or all the time in the world, your help is valuable to us. The Village is always looking for people to help with everything from data entry and tours to sewing and carpentry. Let us know your available time and the skills you’d like to offer and we’ll offer you the opportunity to use them well in a place where they’ll be warmly welcomed and truly appreciated!

We need volunteers for:

  • School programs
  • Museum/Village docents
  • Special events
  • Spring Time (May)
  • Fossil Fest (September)
  • Fall Festival (October)
  • Holiday Happenings (December)

Also Visit ...

Sister City Garden

We celebrate the alliance with our sister city, Woodstock in Ontario, Canada, with dazzling three-season floral displays. Have a seat at one of our café or picnic tables.