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What’s New at the Museums?

January 3, 2018- The new year brings with it new museums and exhibits opening in 2018. New 2018 museums and exhibits opening throughout the Canton area cover art, history, architecture and more.

Opening Summer of 2018: Paul E. Brown Museum and Massillon Tiger Football Museum 

Opening in Summer of 2018, this new expansion to the Massillon Museum will celebrate the rich history of football in Massillon and the accomplishments and impact of Paul E. Brown in football and beyond. This new three-story building will be multi-purpose. The first floor will be a flat-floor event space available for rent as well as to host Museum and community events. The second floor of the new building will be home to the new Paul Brown Museum, which will house both permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting a history of Paul Brown and his impact in the NFL, as well as on the legacy of  Massillon Tigers football. The third floor of the new building will be home to the administrative offices and climate-controlled archives for the Paul Brown collection. Admission to the Massillon Museum including the new Paul E. Brown Museum will continue to be FREE of charge.

Plan your visit to Masillon Museum.

Now Open: Ohio Military Museum Room at MAPS Air Museum

In Summer 2017, the MAPS Air Museum unveiled their second floor expansion to become home to the Ohio Military Museum. The exhibit space tells the story of more than 60 Ohio heroes and includes medals and memorabilia, uniforms and equipment, certificates and citations. Check out this new museum space as well as over 50 types of aircraft on display at MAPS along with interactive exhibits on the history of aviation.

Plan your visit to MAPS Air Museum.

On Exhibit Through March 4: Elijah Pierce: An American Journey at Canton Museum of Art

On display now at the Canton Museum of Art, An American Journey explores the work of self-taught, American folk artist Elijah Pierce (1892 – 1984). Pierce was a prolific African American wood carver known for his brightly painted sculptural panels illustrating biblical stories, moral lessons, historical events, and images from popular culture. This exhibit focuses on 40 major works including Pierce’s most ambitious carving, “Book of Wood” (1932), consisting of seven panels with 33 scenes illustrating the years Christ lived on the earth.  Other carvings include works depicting segregation, the Vietnam War, Watergate, and Civil Rights, among others.  

In conjunction with the woodcarvings of Elijah Pierce, the Canton Museum of Art is showcasing a special exhibit of African American Masterpieces: Permanent Collection Highlights. The exhibit features paintings and ceramics from the museum's permanent collection created by the American black community between 1945 and 2010. After the Civil War, African American works were slowly accepted in American culture – however, their art was better received in Europe than in America. Today, most major cities have developed museums devoted to African American artists. Important collections of African American art are becoming more prevalent, and this exhibition celebrates the works from the Canton Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

April 26-July 15: African Menagerie - The Inquisition at Canton Museum of Art

Experience this touring exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art that will let audiences discover and explore the plight of African wildlife species. Featured is celebrated American artist Brian Jarvi, whose works have won numerous awards from national and international animal conservation agencies, including the Safari Club’s International Artist of the Year. Central to this exhibit are seven, visually interlocking panels, more than 36 ft. in length, including a ten-foot by five-foot centerpiece; plus 100 related research sketches and mixed media studies. The works help to call attention to Earth’s wildlife extinction crisis.

Plan your visit to Canton Museum of Art.

March 2-April 29: Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior at McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Opening in March at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is the Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior traveling exhibition, exploring the design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses and featuring reproduction drawings, photographs, and photographic murals that explore what many consider Wright’s greatest architectural accomplishment.  The exhibition illustrates the myriad—both obvious and subtle— ways Wright created the visual character of interior space along with the objects within it as essential details of the larger whole.  

Plan your visit to McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.


Allison Rowe


Allison Rowe is the Marketing Coordinator for Visit Canton.  She enjoys shopping, spending time with friends & family, going to concerts, and watching football!  Allison can be found trying new restaurants, exploring museums, and hanging out at Canton First Fridays.

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