Hower House Museum

Many people examining a book in an archival storage area


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Students working with artifacts around a table


About the Hower House Museum


 The Hower House was completed in 1871 and was built by John Henry Hower, a leading Akron industrialist who was active in the milling, reaping, and cereal industries. Hower and his wife, Susan Youngker Hower, moved from Doylestown, Ohio, to Akron in 1865. Hower, along with Jacob Snyder, a well-known Akron architect, designed this house in the Second Empire Italianate style. This 28-room mansion is capped with a distinctive mansard roof and soaring tower. The unusual floor plan was based on the” “Akron Plan,” developed by Jacob Snyder and widely used in church constructions as part of the “Sunday School movement” across the United States between 1870 and 1917. The mansion is filled with hundreds of treasures and furnishings the Hower family collected from around the world.

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Upcoming Event: Mary Biddinger's Department of Elegy

Tuesday October 4, 2022 6:30 pm

Mary Biddinger, author of Department of Elegy.
Part post-punk ghost story, part Gen-X pastoral, Mary Biddinger’s poetry collection Department of Elegy conjures dim nightclubs, churning lakes, and vacant Midwestern lots, meditating on moments of lost connection. With the afterlife looming like fringe around the edges of this book, Biddinger constructs a view of heaven as strange as the world left behind. These poems escort us from forest to dance floor, bathtub to breakwater, memory into present.

Call us to make your reservations: 330.972.6909
Last Day to RSVP is July 8th

Free for HHM Guild members; $8 special price for our HHM neighbors!

Limited seating, light refreshments served; free onsite parking for guests.

Remote participation available on TEAMS by request when making reservations.

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Upcoming Exhibit: Poe & Doyle: Victorian Crime Fiction

Friday September 9 - October 21, 2022
Thursdays 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In partnership with the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, Hower House Museum explores the invention of the detective through fiction. Learn about how Edgar Allan Poe created the contemporary conventions of mystery writing and about how Arthur Conan Doyle developed those techniques to create Sherlock Holmes. This exhibit explores the minds of the authors as well as the contexts that created the demand and public interest in crime writing.

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Location, hours and contact

60 Fir Street, Akron OH, 44304

Hower House and Museum Summer and Fall Hours:
Thursday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please call to email ahead to reserve your preferred time
330.972.6909 or

Phone: 330.972.6909
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building.

ADMISSION: $10.00 adults, $8.00 senior citizens (65+ years), $2.00 for students (all university students: please show ID); children six years and under are free with a paid adult admission.

The Hower House Museum participates in the Museums for All Program. Admission is $2 for any guest (up to 4 guests 18 and over) who present the US Gov issued electronic benefit transfer card (EBT) upon arrival.  Children will be free with a paying adult.



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