Hower House Museum

Many people examining a book in an archival storage area


Two people leaning in to examine a museum display


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.

Read more about our history


Fully Re-Opening - Starting in Friday

September 8th,  2023

The AC Project is finally completed! We are cleaned up, John Henry Hower's portrait is straightened, and ALL 3 floors are ready for the public. Starting this Friday we will be open two days a week for tours. If you have any questions, please call 330.972.6909

Adults $10

Seniors $8

Students $2 with ID

UA Faculty and Staff $5

Children under 12 are always FREE

We are a NARM reciprocal museum and a member of Museums for All!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

We have a collection box set up and are ready to collect! If you have any questions please email Dawn at
All receipts collected will go towards the Hower House Museum Guild's Garden Project! 
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Location, hours and contact

60 Fir Street, Akron OH, 44304

Hower House and Museum 
The first floor of the Museum, Carriage House, Gardens, and Grounds will be open to the public on Saturdays from 12p-3p. We will not be charging an admittance fee but will gladly accept donations!
Please call  or email
330.972.6909 or

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


$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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