Fort Ancient



Museum Info

Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513–932–4421 or
Fax 513-932-4843


10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday–Friday, except by appointment


$7.00 Adults
$6.00 Seniors (60+)
$6.00 Students (6–17)
Children under 6 and members are free.

Outdoor admission (no Museum access)
Members are always Free!

Managed on behalf of the Ohio History Connection


Special Events

Summer Solstice Sunrise

Summer Solstice Sunrise
At Fort Ancient
Sunday, June 19, 5:45 a.m.
Celebrate the longest day of summer at Fort Ancient with a guided sunrise view of the archaeoastronomical alignment of the earthworks. And learn its importance to the Fort Ancient and Hopewell cultures. This event is FREE to the public.

Nature Hike

Fort Ancient Nature Hike

Saturday, July 9, 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy the trails of Fort Ancient in the full swing of summer when lush foilage and wildlife make the grounds of Fort Ancient come to life. Take a tour of the earthworks and the picturesque trails of Fort Ancient with professional guides. Please note: This is an outdoor hike so please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes. This can be up to a two hour program; trails are moderate and reasonably flat, but the path can include foot bridges and other natural obsticals.

Included with regular admission; FREE for Members. 

Archaeology Day

Saturday, July 16, noon - 4:00 p.m.

Use an atlatl to throw a spear, participate in a rousing game of double ball, dress up in 18th century regalia, or simply touch an artifact that is 5,000 years old, as knowledgeable staff and volunteers guide your Archaeology Day experience. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit an active archaeological excavation at the Moorehead Circle, as the Wright State University Field School conducts its annual dig. Artifact and fossil ID will take place from noon - 3:00 p.m. 

Included with regular admission; FREE for members.

25th Annual Fort Ancient Celebration: UPDATE


Celebration: A Gathering of Four Directions
After careful deliberation, the Dayton Society of Natural History and the Ohio History Connection have made the joint decision to discontinue the annual Celebration event at Fort Ancient. This decision was made with an eye toward the future of the site, and is based on evaluation of our primary mission of education and preservation and Fort Ancient's status as an important local, regional and national asset.

For long-time supporters, we understand that ending the Celebration is difficult news. However, we hope you understand our decision to refocus our efforts and use of limited resources. If you would like to reach out to us directly about this matter, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Have more questions about the decision to discontinue Celebration? Click here
Want to know more about plans for Fort Ancient's future? Learn more

Past Events


2015 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 26, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

High atop a bluff overlooking the Little Miami River, the Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival will fill the 2,000-year-old earthworks with the sounds of American roots music.  This day-to-dusk music festival will offer great entertainment, craft beer, food and artisan vendors.

Online registration begins August 15. All sales are final. Leashed pets are allowed at the Festival, but must be registered and current on vaccinations. No coolers.


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Nature Photography Walk

nature photography walk

Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of outdoor photography from an expert as you watch demonstrations of practical techniques and enjoy a leisurely walk that will provide instant opportunities to use your new skills in the field. Bring your own camera, and learn more about picture composition and framing, choosing and capturing subjects near or far, lighting and exposure, and more. Included with regular admission.




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