Museum Buildings & Exhibits

As a visitor to the Milan Museum, you will learn a history rich in innovation and creativity.

The historic Village of Milan is the birthplace of Thomas A. Edison and the home of the historic Port of Milan.  Recognized by the National Trust as a Distinctive Destination, the Milan Museum offers a family-centered day exploring our 7 building campus filled with engaging exhibits and hands-on activities.  

Explore Milan’s shipbuilding and canal history in the new Captain’s Corner.  Special events and activities for the whole family all year!

Take a break from the lake with your family pass to 3 great museums!
The entire family gains admission to 3 popular museum for a total of only $45:  Sandusky’s Merry-Go-Round Museum, the Maritime Museum of Sandusky and the Milan Museum.

Galpin Galleries

The Galpin Galleries is the center of the Milan Museum’s campus.  The home, showcases the unique history of Milan, including the rise and fall of the Milan Canal.  Also on display is the Folk Art Gallery, Galpin Mini-Masters Gallery and the newly renovated Art Glass Galleries, which are comprised of the Robert Mowry Collection with pieces from the American Art Glass Movement, European Art Glass Movement and the Modern Studio Glass Movement. View the expansion exhibit and help the Museum choose the next artist for inclusion in 2015!  

Sayles Victorian Home

The 1843 Sayles Home is a fully restored Victorian house and represents the boom era in Milan’s history.  Of special interest are the formal parlor, playroom for the children and an up-ground cellar.

The Coulton Doll Gallery

The outstanding Mildred Smith Coulton Doll Gallery features over 350 charming examples of china, bisque, wax, papier-mache and composition dolls. 

 The Lockwood Smith & Co.General Store

In The Lockwood Smith & Co. General Store see a pharmacist fill prescriptions, order calico and lace, purchase exotic coffee beans brought into Milan by schooner on the Milan Canal.  Sit, play checkers and visit with friends around the potbelly stove!

The Sisty Blacksmith Shop and Hoover Innovation Gallery

Experience the atmosphere of a real blacksmith shop, where a horse awaits his shoes and the smithy tools of the trade are on view.

 The Newton Arts Gallery

Opened in 1971, the Edna Roe Newton Memorial Building houses the collection of one prominent Milan family.  Acquired from travels around the world, a magnificent collection of European decorative arts are on view.  Examine the delicate art of Japanese Netsuke and witness the exact art of tapestry.