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Massillon Museum Selected as January's Stark County Organization of the Month

Museum LogoAbout MCTV's Organization of the Month

Charitable behavior can lead to psychological, spiritual, and emotional well-being benefits for the giver. Besides helping the community and being a part of a greater good, charitable donations are tax deductible, can give you a sense of purpose and can help keep you informed about issues of social injustice. Each month, MCTV highlights two local non-profit organizations. We have donation boxes set up in our lobbies and have information on our websites about each charity, along with links to their respective websites. MCTV’s commitment to charitable causes creates new ways for you to find, learn about, and support local charities. We try to make a bigger difference in the causes you care about the most and become partners with the organizations in order to bring about change. Donate with confidence to these organizations. They are low-risk organizations, have targeted goals, function with good governance and have transparency policies. To learn more, visit our community involvement page.

MCTV is pleased to recognize the Massillon Museum as our Community Organization of the Month. Please join us in thanking them for their efforts to improve the quality of life in Stark County.

About the Massillon Museum

For more than eight decades, the Massillon Museum has served as a center for creativity, learning, and gathering with community friends. Since its founding in 1933, the Museum’s permanent collections have grown to include more than 100,000 works of art and artifacts: a Massillon-manufactured 1907 Jewel automobile, a diverse painting collection which includes Italian Renaissance artist Sano di Pietro and renowned American landscape artist Ralph Albert Blakelock, two Russell steam engines (also made in Massillon), 60,000 photographs, quilts, tools, The Immel Circus, clothing, furniture, Massillon glass, locally produced Hess Snyder stoves, sports equipment, Oscar the skeleton, toys—a spectrum of objects representing life throughout Massillon’s history.

The Massillon Museum welcomes more than 25,000 visitors each year, opening its doors for about 2,000 hours, free to the public. Exhibitions change regularly in the main gallery, the permanent collections galleries, and Studio M—which features regional artists. Masters of American Photography will open Saturday, March 5, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the main gallery in connection with The Big Read kickoff.  The party will be free and open to everyone.  Future 2016 exhibitions include Readapt: Ten-Year Anniversary of Adaptations (opens June 4) and the Stark County Artists Exhibition (opens October 15).

In keeping with its goal to be the core of Massillon’s cultural life and a center for social activity, the Massillon Museum annually hosts an Island Party in July and co-hosts Tiger Stripe Ice Cream Night and Fun Fest in August. Twelve history discussions, ten Brown Bag Lunches, a dozen “Do the Mu!” family fun times, exhibition openings, and many special events are free and open to the public each year. The Rhythms concert series offers out-of-the-mainstream musical evenings in the intimate setting of the main gallery.

For nine years, the National Endowment for the Arts has selected the Massillon Museum to offer The Big Read, an ambitious and prestigious program intended to encourage Americans to return to leisure reading. This year, the Museum will distribute thousands of free copies of In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez during The Big Read in March and April.  The author will present the keynote on March 23 at the Lincoln Theatre.

The education department offers an array of art classes, tours, a speakers’ bureau, outreach programs in the schools, Scout programs, and collaborations with area organizations—based on the Museum’s art and history collections.

The Museum shop, OHregionalities, is located in the Museum lobby, along with a vintage photobooth—one of only five operable paper and chemical photobooths in Ohio.  Anderson’s in the City, the lobby café, offers soup, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and an array of hot and cold beverages.

The Massillon Museum welcomes the public with free admission at 121 Lincoln Way East in the heart of downtown Massillon. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit

The Massillon Museum depends on a property tax levy within the City of Massillon, grants, membership support, and contributions from the community. It receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark. To learn how to help, contact Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon at 330-833-4061.