A Guide to the Museums in Granville, OH

Granville was given its name by its founders, who were originally settlers of Granville, Massachusetts and Granby, Connecticut. This village is located in Licking County, Ohio and is popular for having a New England ambiance. BBOnline recommends visiting the museums and strolling along its streets to get a glimpse of interesting historical architecture.

Robbins Hunter Museum
221 E. Broadway
Granville, Ohio 43023
(740) 587-0430

The Robbins Hunter Museum is located at the Avery Downer House, which was built in 1842 by businessman Alfred Avery. It is a highly popular example of American Greek Revival architecture. The museum houses the extensive 18th and 19th century decorative arts collection of Robbins Hunter, who lived in the house from 1956 to 1979. Opening hours are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

The Granville Historical Society Museum
115 Broadway East
Granville, Ohio 43023
(740) 587-3951

The Granville Historical Society Museum houses a rich collection of things that came from the original settlers of the village. This museum contains the records and documents of historic Granville, including documents from families. On display are stoves which were manufactured by Granville Furnace, which operated from 1816 to 1834, using local iron ore deposits. The museum is open from mid-April to mid-October from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Granville Lifestyle Museum
121 South Main Street
Granville, Ohio 43023
(740) 587-0373

The Granville Lifestyle Museum was the home of H. D. Robinson and was built in 1870 and 1871. It features period clothing and furniture. Tours and lectures are provided to visitors who are interested in learning about life in the 1800s. Easily accessible from the Granville Inn where you might be staying, this place is open from April to October, but only on Sunday afternoons.

Denison Museum
240 West Broadway
Granville, Ohio 43023
(740) 587-6255

The Denison Museum was originally named as Art Treasure Room. It is presently housed at Denison University. The museum was first established by Edmund Burke in 1943. He requested friends and alumni of the university to donate an antique piece to Denison Museum. The present building, the Burke Hall of Art and Music, was constructed in 1973 to house the museum because there was not enough space at the William Howard Doane Library, where the museum was first located. Today, there are more than 8,000 artifacts from all over the world, dating back to 1500 B.C.

Bank of the Alexandrian Society Museum
115 East Broadway
Granville, Ohio 43023

The Bank of the Alexandrian Society Museum was originally opened in 1955 during the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Granville. The building was built in 1816 by William Stedman and was made of local stone. This place used to house the Bank of the Alexandrian Society, which printed its own currency. When you go on your sightseeing tour of the village, simply take a short walk from your Granville Bed and Breakfast and look for Marker Number 7-45 for this museum.