Fremont, Ohio

Discover the life of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family, life in the Gilded Age, and the history of Fremont, Ohio in the newly renovated Hayes Presidential Center. InterActive Group’s design puts a modernized spin on our nation’s oldest presidential museum. Reopened on the centennial of the museum’s launch in 1916, the reorganized museum combines an immense collection of artifacts and interactive exhibits to tell a more engaging story of the life and legacy of our 19th president. The new design engages visitors with hands-on displays and diary excerpts from President and First Lady Hayes to give the story a more personal feel.

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves into history as they:

  • See who's coming to dinner at the White House with Interactive multimedia.
  • Discover if they could vote in the controversial election of 1876 with the "Right to Vote" exhibit.
  • Explore what it would have been like to live in, work in, and visit an affluent home like Spiegel Grove with the large scale model of "19th Century Living".
  • Try on a soldier's backpack to experience what it was like to carry all the necessities.