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Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center

Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center

Bring your imagination in to play!

The Southern Ohio Museum opened its galleries and programs to the public in 1979, after the community’s largest bank moved its headquarters from the handsome Beaux Arts style building at 825 Gallia Street in the heart of Portsmouth’s downtown. The building currently houses two permanent installations featuring the largest single collection of works by native son and well-known American Scene painter Clarence Holbrook Carter (1904-2000) and “Art of the Ancients,” containing 10,000 prehistoric Native American objects from the Charles and William Wertz Collection.

Three other galleries feature group and solo exhibitions of well-known and emerging contemporary Ohio and regional artists. The Museum also offers a 100-seat theatre for music and performing arts, a gift shop, a reading room complete with more than 1000 volumes, a student art studio, a docent-centered tour program, an off-site circus arts studio, and year-round programming designed to enhance the exhibitions.

Museum Hours

10:00-5:00 Tuesday – Friday

1:00-5:00 Saturday

Voluntary Donation: $2
Students and Children 12 and under: $1

The Museum is closed on the following days:

  • Thursday through Monday on Thanksgiving weekend
  • December 24 through January 1
  • Saturday before Easter

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Supporting the Museum

The Southern Ohio Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the Scioto Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and the museum’s individual and corporate members.

Museum Store

The Museum Shop is open during regular hours and highlights the work of American craftsmen in a variety of media – glass, wood, metal, ceramic, fiber – as well as blank books, pens, pencils and children’s gifts.  Visa and Mastercard accepted. Gift certificates are available.


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The Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center is home to several permanent collections.

Focus Fridays

Exploring Art.  One artist, exhibit and work at a time.
February 11 – November 4

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