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Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513.932.4421 or
1.800.283.8904
Fax 513.932.4843
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Hours

March–November
Tuesday–Saturday
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays


December–February
Closed

 

Admission:

Adult: $7 
Seniors (60+): $6
Students (6–16): $6
Child (5 & under): Free

Ohio History Connection member*: Free


Outdoor Admission Only 
$8/Car

 

*Members must present their membership card at the registration desk.

 

Managed by the Ohio History Connection

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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.

General Information

Hours

Summer Hours: March–November
Tuesday–Saturday
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday
Noon-5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Winter Hours: December–February
Closed

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About Fort Ancient

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 Museum that depicts three major technological themes spanning over 12,000 years, before heading outdoors to enjoy the extensive earthworks. 

Fort Ancient is currently on the short list for inclusion to be nominated for World Heritage Status, making this unique prehistoric earthwork a global destination.

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The Museum at Fort Ancient

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 with Europeans). The Museum also offers a hands-onclassroomwith many “touchables” including a small shelter, a drum, and plenty of reproduced artifacts. Just outside the Museum is a seasonal outdoor garden that depicts crops grown 2,000 and 1,000 years ago. Fort Ancient also offers over 2.5 miles of hiking trails, two scenic overlooks and a picnic area. Fort Ancient is currently on the short list for inclusion to be nominated for World Heritage Status, making this unique prehistoric earthwork a global destination.

Educators'/Childrens' Group Information

Children on Village tour

Fort Ancient offers seven unique, age-appropriate guided tours designed to complement classroom and Homeschool curriculum guidelines, providing students with a unique educational experience.

 

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Scout Programs

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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,

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Tour Operator Overview

Fort Ancient is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being on the "short list" for World Heritage site status. 

Tour groups can choose between one- and two-hour tour options.

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Facility Rental

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.

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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.

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