The McKinley Birthplace Museum is located in Niles, Ohio in the balcony of the right wing of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial. The museum is operated by the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Association. The museum’s collections feature memorabilia from the Civil and Spanish American wars, objects from McKinley’s campaigns and presidencies and from the building of the memorial. Other objects on display include mannequins of President and Mrs. McKinley in a sleigh, a spinning wheel owned by the McKinley family, a piano owned by the President’s mother, and a law desk belonging to the late president. The museum acquired its newest collection, the Bechtel collection, in 2010. This collection features a variety of William McKinley items that will become incorporated into the permanent exhibit.
Museum Hours of Operation:
Thursday and Friday 9:00am -noon
Last self guided tour at 3:30pm
Saturday and Sunday-Closed
There is no admission fee to tour the museum. We welcome walk-in visitors, however groups of ten or more please contact the museum in advance to schedule a tour.
Museum balconies and restrooms are not handicap accessible. First floor of auditorium is accessible.
The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Museum is dedicated to honoring the memory of our nation’s 25th President, William McKinley, who was born in Niles, Ohio, on January 29, 1843. The museum memorializes President McKinley by maintaining, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting its collections to educate the community and promote an understanding of President McKinley’s life, career, and untimely death, along with the history of the McKinley Birthplace Memorial Building itself.