Plan for your Day of Sightseeing and History:

Go Shopping at the LEIHS Museum

Bring your binoculars, camera, and hiking boots!

Explore the Island

Go Shopping at the LEIHS Museum

The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum presents information on the history of the Lake Erie Islands area in Ohio. The museum includes a boat building and information on Oliver H. Perry (1785-1819), victor of the War of 1812's Battle of Lake Erie; Jordan Freeman, one of Perry's crewmen; the Native Americans of the area; and everyday life circa 1900. Collections include an extensive variety of model ships and one of two remaining Francis Metallic Lifeboats in the United States.

Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum is south of DeRivera Park at 25 Town Hall Place. Displays include more than 75 model ships, paintings, records recounting the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, a lens from the 1897 South Bass Island Lighthouse, postcards, photographs, local wildlife exhibits, a sleigh and an old wine press. An exhibit details more than 125 years of winemaking on the island. A restored carriage barn and bottling works are on the grounds.

The museum offers a 15-minute introductory film, exhibits, children's programs, tours, lectures, seasonal events, a research library, and archives. Reservations are required for school groups. Allow 30 minutes minimum to tour the facility. Admission is only $2 for adults, $1.50 for seniors, $1 for kids, and $5 for a whole family. Hours are Daily 10-6, July-Aug.; daily 11-5, mid-May through June 30 and in Sept.; Sat.-Sun. 11-5, in Oct. Hours may vary. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.