Harmon Museum & Art Gallery105 S. Broadway
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
513-932-1817 | https://www.harmonmuseumohio.org/our-properties/harmon-museum-1/
Harmon Museum & Art Gallery
In the heart of historic Lebanon, the Harmon Museum & Art Gallery shares the history and culture of Warren County from prehistory and pioneer settlement to contemporary artwork.
There is truly something for everyone at the Harmon Museum & Art Gallery. An impressive collection of archaeological artifacts offers a glimpse at the prehistoric inhabitants of the area, including the legacy of the Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient peoples. A multi-sensory exhibit examines the role of Warren County residents in the Underground Railroad. The Outland Folk Art and Mezzanine Galleries are full of artwork that reflect the perspectives of local artists.
A large collection of furniture and goods produced at the Union Village Shaker community illustrate life in the communal village that was located in nearby Turtlecreek Township from 1805 to 1912. The Shakers were a religious group also known as the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing known for their celibate communal lifestyle and furniture production. At Union Village, the largest Shaker community west of the Allegheny Mountains, community members farmed 4,500 acres of land, raised livestock, and sold herbal medicines, garden seeds, and brooms.
Look for the “Spirit of Tom Corwin” panels and “Gruesome but Truesome” labels throughout the museum. The life and accomplishments of industrious Warren County resident Thomas Corwin connect many of the topics included in the museum. The “Gruesome but Truesome” displays offer a deeper look at some of the practices and beliefs that were common in the past but might seem strange to visitors today.
Notes for Travelers
A walk around historic downtown Lebanon, home to the Harmon Museum & Art Gallery, will reveal a number of architectural treasures designated by historic markers, including the Golden Lamb, a historic restaurant and hotel with a long list of distinguished visitors where one can still enjoy a meal or spend the night. Make an appointment with the Warren County Historical Society Research and Genealogy Library to explore the museum’s archives.