The Galion History Center has announced details on an exciting summer season in 2023 with regular weekly open hours and offering two new tours at Brownella Cottage.

The Center will open the Brownella Cottage Complex (132 S. Union St.) and their new Hayden-Helfrich Annex Museum (331 E. Railroad St.) on a rotating basis on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. this summer! Admission is $7 per adult and $5 for children 6+. Visitors age five and under are free.

Tours at both locations will be self-guided on Thursday evenings but private guided tours can be arranged by calling the Galion History Center office at (419) 468-9338. The Summer Open Hours schedule for both locations are as follows:

Brownella Cottage and  Galion History Museum and Gift Shop:

OPEN: June 1 , 15 , 29 — July 13, 27 — August 10, 24

Hayden-Helfrich Annex Museum: 

OPEN: June 8, 22 — July 6, 20 — August 3, 17, 31

Two new tours are also coming to Brownella Cottage this summer. A new scavenger-hunt style tour geared for families and kids is available starting on June 1 st . Visitors will be given a list of artifacts to find within the house for a fun twist on the regular house tour. Two difficulty levels are available for visitors of all ages. Regular admission pricing applies.

The Red Bishop Tour: The Path to Heresy will release in audio tour format on June 29 during the regularly scheduled 6:00-8:00 PM open hours at Brownella Cottage. A smart phone and headphones/earbuds will be required to take the tour. This new “add on” tour will deep dive into Bishop Brown’s career in the Episcopal Church, his changing beliefs in politics and religion, and the Heresy Trials that made him infamous.

Visitors are strongly advised to take a general house tour before taking the Red Bishop Tour, if they have never visited Brownella Cottage before. Never before seen artifacts will be displayed in Brownella Cottage to help interpret the story of Galion’s “Bad Bishop Brown”! Regular admission pricing applies.

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Source: Galion History Center; Photo: 1831Galion