Located directly next to the historic Town Hall and Opera House, lies South Bass Island Historical Museum. Founded in 1975 by Lake Erie Islands Historical Society the museum is still operated by them today. Their mission is to preserve the island’s rich history and educate the local community and visitors who come to explore. There are four buildings that make up the museum, spanning over 6,000 square feet. You will definitely find your time here worthwhile here. There is also a Research Library and historical archives on the grounds for guests and locals to browse. Throughout the year, the society also hosts children’s programs, seasonal events, tours, and lectures about Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island history.

Make sure you support their efforts by taking home a piece of Put-in-Bay from the museum’s Resale Shop. Here you will browse a variety of second-hand items of the locals for great prices. All proceeds benefit the Historical Society.

Historical Museum Exhibits

  • Rare Artifacts
  • Interactive exhibits
  • Historical papers
  • Archived Photographs

The historical society often displays items rarely viewed by the public, so this is a great opportunity to see rare Put-in-Bay artifacts from days gone by.

Put-in-Bay Travel Information

Travel in smooth-sailing comfort on the Jet Express Ferry Service. This is one of our guests’ most popular ways to access the island. Take in the sights of Lake Erie while on your way to Put-In-Bay. Additionally, Jet Express is the only way to access Put-in-Bay after hours. As an added bonus, with every paid ticket from Sandusky or Port Clinton, passengers will receive a value coupon pack loaded with additional savings to countless attractions, eateries, and shops.

Historical Museum Admission Price

Adults & Children: $4.00

Senior Citizens: $3.00

Children 5 and Under: Free

Veterans: Free

Hours of Operation

Open Daily May through October – 11:oo AM – 5:00 PM

Off-Season Hours subject to change

Historical Museum Contact Information:

486-498 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

Once you have taken a stroll down Put-in-Bay Memory Lane at the museum, stop over to Heineman Winery and experience over 125 years of the island’s best, homemade wines. They are also home to the Crystal Cave with one of the world’s largest geodes. You won’t want to pass up an opportunity to see this.



25 Town Hall Place, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

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