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Southern Ohio Museum

The Southern Ohio Museum, located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, has served as a center for cultural opportunities of all kinds since 1979, when it first opened in renovated headquarters donated by the city's largest bank. The 1917 Beaux Arts building, austerely handsome on its limestone exterior and classically uplifting in the colonnaded interior, where ornate grids of ceiling friezes embellish the second floor galleries overlooking the soaring space of the main floor gallery below.

Location: Southern Ohio Museum, 825 Gallia St. Galleries are open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday - Friday and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturdays. Admission is $1 for students & children - $2 for adults, except on Fridays, when it is free. For more information please call (740) 354-5629.

Ongoing Exhibits
Art of the Ancients: The Ohio Valley
The distant past will come alive as visitors cross the bridge in time to Art of the Ancients: The Ohio Valley, the Southern Ohio Museum's new permanent collection of 10,000 Native American Artifacts from 1,500 to 8,000 years old. Starting more than 3,000 years ago and lasting about 1,500 years, these ancient cultures proposed throughout southern Ohio and northern Kentucky, settling primarily along the streams and rivers feeding the Ohio River. While many details about the Adena and Hopewell people remain unknown, articles crafted from stone, bone, shell and other durable materials managed to survive to offer important clues about the lives of their creators.

Clarence Holbrook Carter
An ongoing permanent exhibit of Portsmouth's native son, Clarence Carter. The exhibit includes paintings in watercolors, oils and prints.

Southern Ohio Museum
825 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
(740) 354-5629

UPDATED 4.22.12
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