Blennerhassett Museum
Blennerhassett Museum
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Museum that houses three floors of interesting archeological and historical exhibits.
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN16,215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is an excellent, though not so easy to find museum. Free parking, actually way more parking than is needed. This is a 3-story museum with quite a lot to see and a reasonable $10/person admission. Many unique displays and items from the Blennerhassett Mansion. Also here is a copy of the Aaron Burr death mask, and read about his involvement with the Blennerhassett family which led to their downfall.

Most fascinating is the basement level where there is a large collection of artifacts and arrowheads found on the island. Here you can also watch a wonderful video of the history and a video tour of the rebuilt mansion (burned down in 1911 and a new building in its place built in 1976). No need to tour the actual replica on the island. One disappointment was that the large museum gift shop was closed.
Written 27 July 2022
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Michael D
Dublin, OH81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This similar to the Blennerhassett Island depicts the real artifacts that were in his actual Mansion located on the island between West Virginia and Ohio. Accessibility to the island is only available by a short shuttle ferry 10 minutes in length from the American Legion Park lot inn Belpre. Again accessibility to this island is on OH Sr 618 1/2/ mile south of the main Ohio River Bridge heading straight through down town Belpre OH Business District. The park entrance is located just across the street from Subway Restaurant and only open from late April through August and only on weekends in September and October. It is closed due to the present health crisis in both Ohio and West Virginia and hopefully be reopened by first part of June of this year. The museum is however downtown Parkersburg WV and located downtown not far from Blennerhasset Museum year around during usual business hours.

Written 16 April 2020
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erbyjones
Northern Virginia, VA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The museum is loaded with many artifacts. It is organized well. The archeological discoveries located in the basement are impressive. The Native collection and turn of the century (1900) presentation is in itself a step back in time. We learned so much about the area's history.
Written 7 May 2022
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Rosie0302
Pennsylvania74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
What a gem of a museum. There was a tremendous variety of artifacts and something of interest for everyone. We started at the basement where there was a short video and a lot of displays of Native American objects. Then we took the elevator to the second floor perused those displays then returned to the first floor at street level. We were there on a Thursday afternoon in September and there were just a few other visitors which made a pleasant, quiet visit for us. We spent about 2 1/2 hours. They have a very nice gift shop. I'm eager to return home and suggest that my friends visit Parkersburg and include this museum.
Written 14 September 2023
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Tom L
Frankfort, KY181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you are going to visit the Blennerhasset Island State Park, start here. You can learn a lot about Parkersburg history and get all the tickets you need to visit the island. One of the things was the effect of the 1937 flood along the entire length of the Ohio River, along with newspaper coverage of the time.
Written 9 July 2023
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barb t
Hartville, OH283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Three floors of historical items and stories pertaining to the Parkersburg area. Are you interested in history? This is the place for you. Everything from Indian Arrowheads to a huge ship steering wheel. Amazed at how high the water was during floods. Something to think about no matter your interests. Great place.
Written 29 May 2022
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Trek-Always
Alpharetta, GA2,525 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Some of museum likability is certainly personal taste. We found this one to be a disjointed hodgepodge of various things.

Not sure why anyone wants to see the remaining stones that were part of the gate at the original mansion on the island. Just one example that created our overall reaction of "so what".

There is a 15 minute orientation film of the Blennerhassetts and their island/home in the basement which is useful and should be done before going to the island. There is a large collection of arrowheads too, although many have been lost/removed/sold.

We visit a lot of historical museums and this one can be skipped (other than the orientation film) in our view. Also, read the sad story about the evolution of the family across from the elevator on the first floor. Wow.

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Written 12 June 2014
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purplecowz
Huntington, WV82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stopped in here to buy our ferry tickets to the island. Three floors of artifacts (some Indian, some of the local wealthy families). We paid $24 total for our two tickets to the museum and our ferry ride. We spent about 30 minutes walking through and it seemed like plenty of time.
Written 29 September 2008
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mforkner
Pataskala, OH595 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Tough call on rating - giving benefit of the doubt. There are several interesting things to see in the museum and a lot of not so interesting stuff. We arrived at opening, bought our tickets for museum sternwheeler, carriage and house tours. At $27 a person, I am not sure if it's a bargain or not. That you'll have to decide. I can tell you not to waste your breath asking for senior, AAA or any other discount - as I was clearly told 'THE PRICE IS $27" - sorta take it or leave it. We wandered around the museum and were able to kill the time from arrival until the sternwheeler departure (about a 10-15 minute walk from the museum). Too bad the museum did not impart the in depth story of Blennerhassett's involvement with Burr. Luckily for us, the sternwheeler captain did an excellent job on the trip to the island - without him we would have little knowledge of the interesting history of the place. Overall, the museum is far from a destination but fairly interesting. Some of the more interesting items were hard to connect with the Blennerhassett story (vehicles, tv's, etc.), but we did not feel like it was a waste of time. More than an hour would be overkill in my opinion.
Written 27 October 2020
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alangarten
Loveland, OH34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Our Blennerhassett Island tour started at the Blennerhassett Museum. The lady at the desk explained the tour options, including a $25 per person package. The package included the museum tour, video shown at the museum, ferry trip to the island and back, mansion tour, and covered wagon tour of the island. The museum and video gave a great background of the Blennerhassetts and a broader history of the Ohio Valley and river life. The museum and ferry port are both within walking distance of the beautiful Blennerhassett Hotel.
Written 27 August 2018
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