Ohio River Museum
Backstory and Context
Each of the three buildings of the Ohio River Museum house a different exhibit. The first exhibit describes the natural history and origins of the Ohio River. The second provides a history of the steamboat on the Ohio River and features video presentation on river steamboats. Boat building, mussels in the Ohio River system, and tools and equipment from the steamboat era are displayed in the third building.
By stepping aboard the W.P. Snyder Jr., which happens to be the nation’s last intact steam-powered, stern-wheeled towboat, visitors can explore the story of the Ohio River. Visitors may also cruise the Ohio River on the Valley Gem, a working sternwheeler that is docked next to the Ohio River Museum.