|Dawn N, Co-op Member|
|Plan on at least 3 hours to enjoy this multifaceted history AND science museum. You will be surprised how much there is to see and do in one place. Be sure to call ahead for planetarium times and any special events. |
As the name implies, visitors will learn much about our 25th President from his birth to his tragic death at the hands of an assassin. The Canton Story gallery contains the largest collection of McKinley artifacts in the world and also explores the construction of the McKinley National Memorial and the unfortunate fate of the McKinley s Canton home.
Next, the Canton Story exhibit chronicles 200 years of our history through artifacts, photographs and interpretive audio programs. Visitors will be able to see The Laffing Lady from Meyers Lake, dresses from the 1890s and 1930s, a Civil War overcoat, a video of a canal lock in operation, a 1950s kitchen, a giant Timken bearing ride, Danner bookcase patent models, and MUCH MORE!!!
Their current temporary exhibit is the Victorian Age, but Dec 3rd, 2010 will open the new Whitehouse Gardens exhibit.
Finally, Step back in time as you walk through the Street of Shops, a life-size replica of a historic town. Visit the Dannemiller Store, Gibbs Manufacturing Company, the Eagle Hotel and our fire station-- complete with a horse-drawn fire engine. Kids can even slide down a real fire pole! Be sure to stop at the model train layout, housed inside a replica of downtown Canton's train station.
I did mention there is an entire SCIENCE area? The Discovery gallery is an interactive, science center with dinosaur exhibits, live ecology exhibit, and space exploration areas. Participate in a simulated fossil dig, and see an authentic mastodon skeleton from the Canton area. There is a replica of an ancient Indian hut (labeled as Paleo-Indian so come ready to discuss young-earth vs. evolutionary, etc.). The hands-on physical science activities in the Space Station Earth room are very engaging.
PLUS, there is the Hoover-Price PLANTARIUM:
Over 60 projectors show the aurora, meteor shower, an asteroid, panorama of downtown Canton, clouds, snow, phases of the moon and dozens of constellations. The Planetarium s primary projector is a Spitz A3P that shows thousands of stars in the correct color and brightness. This Spitz is unique because the standard 3000 stars shown was increased to 5000 stars through detailed modification. Controlled by 283 switches, 60 different projectors allow the presenter to constantly interact with the audience. There is something for everyone to enjoy. You won't be disappointed.