Paul Brown Museum
Paul Brown invented football as we know it today, and the Massillon Museum has built a new permanent exhibit space dedicated to the greatest coach who ever lived. Original Memorabilia, photos, and printed material, interactive video, collections documenting Massillon Tigers history, and a reference library are among the Paul Brown Museum features. It is the premier destination for research, presentation of artifacts, and events related to the history of Brown and his coaching tree, and the tradition of Massillon high-school and professional football.
The Massillon Tigers are among the Top 5 most winningest high-school football programs of all time, and Paul Brown is regarded as one of the top ten football coaches in the game’s history. A Hall-of-Famer, subject of numerous documentaries, innovator of strategies which revolutionized American football, champion of integration during a turbulent era in our country, and founder of two NFL football teams, Brown has left a legacy not only celebrated in Massillon, Ohio but in all of America.
The Massillon Tiger football tradition resonates not only with players and fans of the sport, but with the entire community; it is made up of the Tiger Swing Band, cheerleaders, boosters, school administration, students, business owners, and many more. This new tribute is a permanent space in Massillon Museum, located at 121 Lincoln Way East in Massillon, Ohio — only 8 miles away from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
Current Exhibits on Display:
- Paul Brown & Tigers Timeline
Photographs, artifacts, and films illustrate key moments in football history of the Massillon Tiger Football team from 1891 to the present, and the career of Coach Paul Brown in this thirty-foot timeline.
- Flu and Football
The effects of the 1918 Spanish influenza and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemics were strikingly similar on the city of Massillon and its football teams. Both times, Massillon shut down with exceptions for essential businesses, and football was impacted as a popular contact sport. Schedules were changed, and games were sometimes postponed or even canceled. This exhibition, "Flu and Football," examines the parallels of two pandemics more than 100 years apart.