10 Weird and Unusual Things to See and Do in Ohio
Every state has its share of tourist attractions and interesting things to see. Ohio has famous attractions such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and COSI science museum in Columbus. These are attractions that most people visiting those cities would know about but just like any other state Ohio has a number of weird and offbeat attractions that many tourists may not know about. This list is not an exhaustive one, there probably are a number of other weird places in Ohio that are lesser known that can be found and there are a number of weird attractions that I have come across that I don't find as intriguing as the ten that I have listed here. These are my top ten weird places to see and visit in the state of Ohio.
World's Biggest Horseshoe Crab
In Blanchester, Ohio is the world's largest Horseshoe Crab. How this came to be was a design for a maritime museum in Baltimore, but to recoup some of the costs, the museum sold it to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The crab was too big for them, so a church in Ohio has taken it off of their hands. You can also go inside the crab, and weddings and other events have been celebrated inside the crab. It can be found at 664 West Main Street, Blanchester, Ohio.
Toy And Plastic Brick Museum
This is an unofficial museum of Legos. (notice that the word Lego does not appear in the title.) All of the museums exhibits are built from Lego or other plastic building toys. Located in Bellaire, Ohio many of the figures made from legos are quite impressive, including Darth Vader and Hagrid from Harry Potter.
House of Trash
In Philo, Ohio a couple has made a house completely out of trash on their farm. The idea is to show how much can be made out of recycled material and the couple has opened the house up to tours. They use their tours to illustrate how to create self- sufficient energy and get the most from recycled materials. It is located at Blue Rock Center, 1190 Virginia Road, in Philo, Ohio.
The History of Contraception Exhibit
Ohio has a number of science museums but Dittrick Medical History Center is the only one that has a history of contraception exhibit. The exhibit includes over a thousand different "artifacts" including a large number of contraceptive devices throughout history. The exhibit began as a donation from Percy Skuy, who had privately collected a large number of the items on display but has grown significantly since then. Admission is free and the exhibit is located on the third floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library at 11000 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
World's Largest Basket
Fans of giant baskets are in for a treat in Ohio. Not only does Newark, Ohio have the world's largest basket, actually a seven story basket shaped building, but nearby Dresden has the world's largest apple basket. The building in Newark is actually the corporate headquarters of Longaberger Basket Company and is an enormous replica of one of their models. It can be found at 1500 East Main Street in Newark, Ohio. The 29 feet tall apple basket in Dresden can be found at the corner of Main Street and Fifth.
Museum of Divine Statues
The Museum of Divine Statues in Lakewood, Ohio restores religious statues for display in a museum setting. Many of these statues were formally displayed in churches and have been rescued, repainted and restored to their original beauty. The collection is quite impressive, featuring a large number of religious statues that show incredible craftsmanship. They are located at 12905 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.
American Sign Museum
Another offbeat museum is the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The museum is an exhibition of different kinds of signs throughout American history. It isn't as boring as one might think, simply because the art and ingenuity that has been put into creating signs has resulted in some pretty interesting works of art. It is located at 2515 Essex Place in Cincinnati, Ohio
Elecktro, the Robot
Elecktro was a robot that was originally built by Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the 1930s. The robot could speak, move and smoke cigarettes and ended up as an attraction at the World's Fair. Now he is owned by the Mansfield Memorial Museum in Mansfield Ohio. Elecktro is the oldest surviving robot in the world. The Museum is located at 34 Park Avenue West, in Mansfield, Ohio.
World's Largest Rubber Stamp
Perhaps the most famous item on this list is the World's Largest Rubber Stamp in Cleveland, Ohio. In Willard Park, at the corner of East 9th Street and Lakeside Avenue, this famous sculpture can be found. The sculpture was originally commissioned by Standard Oil of Ohio, but after a convoluted series of events was not used for their intended purpose. It spent years in storage before finding its current home in the park.
Living Bible Musuem
One of many fascinating religious museums in the United States, this museum takes you on a tour of giant wax recreations of bible stories. The museum also includes a "dinner with grace". (though it is only available by reservation.) It is also the only life sized wax museum in the state of Ohio, so fans of wax recreations have only the 70 scenes here to get their wax fix. It is located at 500 Tingley Avenue in Mansfield, Ohio.