The Cleveland Police Museum
Location: Cleveland, Ohio (1300 Ontario St.)
When to visit: Open Mon-Fri 10 am to 4 pm
Time needed: 20-30 minutes
Crime is fascinating. Who knows why. But whether it’s stories of Old West outlaws or murder-mystery documentaries on cable networks, people always seem to be interested in crime stories. Further proof of that is the Cleveland Police Museum, which capitalizes on that interest with a series of displays covering crime in the city over the past hundred-plus years.
The most eye-catching item on display here is a former electric chair used by the state of Ohio. They even have an old-timey collage showing B&W face photographs of the first 10 people ever executed at the Ohio State Penitentiary.
Crime fighting back in the day was so cutting-edge that they kept their lists of wanted criminals in paper notebooks like this one, called the “Book of Thieves.” It looks like this fellow’s name was Fred Schlueb and he was wanted for robbery for stealing $48.76 in November 1920.
Here’s a Murphy Call Box from 1906. They were placed on street corners and used to signal police in case of emergency.
Here’s your interactive exhibit: A recreated jail cell that you can sit inside.
Located downtown in the Police Headquarters Center, the Cleveland Police Museum is totally free. Just be aware of its limited hours – it is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Cleveland is one of the major stops on a road trip on Route 20, aka the longest road in the country! Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore the city and check out underrated places like this.