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Museum Info

Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513–932–4421 or
1–800–283–8904
Fax 513-932-4843
Directions

Hours

April–November
Tuesday–Saturday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays


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

Admission:

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

Outdoor admission (no Museum access)
$8.00/Carload
Members are always Free!

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Special Events

Summer Solstice Sunrise

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Gates open at 5:30 a.m.; Program at 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.

Mask Making with Natural Objects

Saturday, July 7, 2018
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

After viewing a diverse group of visual examples from various times and cultures, create a finished mask. Join us for this creative, fun hands-on activity. Suited for participants from ages 8 through adult.

Program Fee: $10/person

REGISTER for this class today! (Registration closes Thursday, July 6 at 5:00 p.m.)

Prairie in Bloom Nature Hike

Saturday, July 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

During the middle of summer, there are many things that can catch your attention if you know what to look for! Join Fort Ancient volunteer, and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, Dave Woehr as he walks you through the prairie and woods to learn about the plants, bugs, and wildlife around Fort Ancient.

Please note: Participants should be prepared to depart on the tour promptly at 2:00, and should keep in mind that 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. Participants should dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes.

Included with regular admission; FREE for Members. 

Archaeology Day

Saturday, July 21, 2018
12:00 – 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.

Visitors are invited to bring objects, such as artifacts or fossils, for identification* from 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

Included with regular admission; FREE for members.

*Please note that identifications are provided as a courtesy. The DSNH does not appraise, authenticate, buy or sell collections objects, and strongly discourages the commercialization of natural history objects, especially antiquities.

Rocks Talk at Fort Ancient

Saturday, July 28, 2018
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Presented by: Todd Stephenson

Discover the rocks and fossils of the Fort Ancient area and their influence on the Native American Indians who lived there in this introductory class that includes hands-on evaluation of samples using geologist tools to see andhear what the rockstells us. This class will also include a section on the importance of flint at Fort Ancient for making tools and spear/arrow head construction, and will highlight geologic examples of rocks and minerals from various locations in North America as a result of trade activity.

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The Rocks Talk: How Geology influenced the Lives of Hopewell and Fort Ancient Cultures

Saturday, September 8
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Presented by: Todd Stephenson

Join us for a classroom introduction to fossils – What are they?  How do they form?  How old are they?  Where can you find them? There will be a brief discussion of geologic time and a description of the warm shallow Ordovician sea that covered this area hundreds of millions years ago.  Instruction will highlight theworld class fossil beds found in the Fort Ancient and greater Cincinnati area, and the program will include opportunities to view, touch and describe the fossils that are typically found in the area utilizing: magnifying glass, hand lens, microscope, posters and reference books. Resource material will be provided to highlight free publicly available collecting sites in southwestern Ohio.  

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