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Ohio Village Will Close For Two Years For Massive Renovation

Big changes are coming to the Ohio History Connection’s campus on East 17th Avenue that promise to breathe new life into the way we explore and celebrate the state’s rich legacy. The ambitious multi-year Campus 2.OH initiative will renovate, expand and enhance spaces across the entire footprint, including the Ohio History Center, Ohio Village, and Ohio Expo Center.

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Current map of the Ohio Village.

“We’re embarking on this major overhaul as both a celebration and preservation effort,” explained Megan Wood, CEO and Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection. “The goal is to create an upgraded, modern visitor experience that allows us to share Ohio’s stories in engaging new ways for the next 50 years and beyond.”

So what exactly will this massive undertaking entail? Here’s a peek at some of the exciting Campus 2.OH plans:

For starters, a brand new Collections Care Center opening later this year will provide a cutting-edge, sustainable facility to properly house the Connection’s vast archives of historical and natural artifacts.

Just across the street, the beloved Ohio Village is gearing up for significant infrastructure improvements and fresh visitor experiences, though it will temporarily close after the 2024 Ohio State Fair for renovations until a grand re-opening in 2026. (Don’t worry though, the popular October and December signature events will continue in reimagined formats!)

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Speaking of the Ohio State Fair, the Ohio History Connection is partnering with the Ohio Expo Center to construct the Ohio Showcase building. This multi-use space will feature an immersive exhibit spotlighting Ohio’s narrative, a tantalizing food hall, and a stunning glass “jewel box” to display large historical pieces.

And of course, the Ohio History Center itself will undergo a master planning process to revitalize the entire space through thoughtful renovation and preservation efforts.

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Photo by Ryan Lintelman, via Wikimedia Commons. (CC BY-SA 2.5)

As CEO Wood puts it, “While short-term closures are never ideal, we’re confident the outstanding end results will be well worth it for our audiences and members.” She hints at potential tough hat tours and member forums to keep people looped in during construction.

The Ohio History Connection campus is about to level up into a must-visit cultural hub brimming with fresh ways to experience and appreciate the stories and spirit of our great state. For more info, head over to