6123 St. Rt. 350
Please note: Fort Ancient will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen during normal hours of operation the following business day.
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Plan Your Visit
Journey Back in Time
Nestled 245 feet above the Little Miami River is the largest and best-preserved prehistoric hill top enclosure in the United States. Fort Ancient is a 2,000-year-old monument attesting to the sacredness of American Indian culture.
Discover. Reflect. Explore.
The Museum at Fort Ancient
Fort Ancient offers exploration and learning both indoors and out. At the Fort Ancient Museum, visitors can look back at the three major technological themes of American Indian culture. The 9,000 square foot facility is divided into three major themes: The First Ohioans (the initial arrival of the earliest American Indians who followed the movement of big game into the Ohio area), Tillers of the Soil (the transition from hunting and gathering to farming), and When Worlds Collide (first contact
Educators'/Childrens' Group Information
Fort Ancient offers seven unique, age-appropriate guided tours designed to complement classroom and Homeschool curriculum guidelines, providing students with a unique educational experience.
Fort Ancient offers a variety of unique program options for Scouts, including Camporees, a Revitalization Program, and guided group tours (groups of 20 or more). Fees vary, based on the program selected. Fort Ancient offers a variety of unique program options for Scouts, including Camporees, a Revitalization Program,
Tour Operator Overview
SunWatch Indian/ Village Archaeological Park is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take an amazing journey back in time as you discover the 800 year-old partially-reconstructed Fort Ancient Village. Experience the heritage of Village residents as you enter replicas of their homes and gardens bringing their fascinating history to life. In the newly renovated Interpretive Center, learn
Fort Ancient offers two very different venues to host special events. Guests can reserve the outdoor shelter house for private family reunions, birthday parties or nature themed activities. It is located in the picnic area, in the southern end of the grounds where it is tranquil and isolated from any major road. The Museum also offers a quaint classroom that accommodates meetings, seminars, workshops and receptions.
Outreach and Preservation Partners
Fort Ancient works in partnership with a variety of organizations in and around the Cincinnati, Dayton and Warren County areas. This network of businesses and organizations help promote Fort Ancient to the broader community through grants, public service announcements, community service, educational programs, and technical support.
Each summer, field work is completed on site by archaeology and anthropology students from Wright State University. In recent years, excavation and researchefforts, headed by Dr. Robert Riordan, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at WSU, have focused on the Moorehead Circle. This circularanomaly, located in the North Fort, was discovered in 2005 by Dr. Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
Experience unlimited fun and learning 359 days a year at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region’s only Planetarium, interactive science and technology exhibits, and dozens of family-friendly permanent exhibits, as well as special featured traveling exhibitions.
SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
Explore the site where Fort Ancient Indians lived more than 800 years ago. SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park brings to life the Fort Ancient culture through a partially reconstructed Village, Interpretive Center, exhibits and events.
Fort Ancient offers a day of enjoyment for the entire family. Visitors can learn about Ohio’s rich prehistoric and historic past by exploring the 9,000 square foot exhibit space that depicts three major technological themes spanning over 12,000 years. Guests can also visit the seasonal reconstructed prehistoric garden that grows crops that were cultivated during the Hopewell and Fort Ancient cultures (2,000 and 1,000 years ago).
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