Museums of Oglebay Institute ~

Preserving our history in partnership with Oglebay Institute

Mansion Museum


For the history buff, Oglebay Institute offers educational tours of the elegant estate of Cleveland industrialist Earl W. Oglebay, who purchased the mansion and surrounding acres in 1900 to serve as a summer home. Upon his death in 1926, the millionaire willed his spectacular country estate to the City of Wheeling.

February & March:
Weekends 10 am – 5 pm
April – November:
10 am – 5 pm daily
Festival of Lights:
Sunday – Thursday 10 am – 5 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

Adults: $7 per person for one museum / $10 per person for both museums
Children 12 and under: Free

Mansion Museum Highlights:

  • Explore 13 period rooms focusing on Wheeling’s earliest settlement through the opulent Edwardian era, plus the Wymer General Store and Sinclair Pharmacy collections.
  • Discover impressive collections of American furniture, china, silver, glass, pewter, toys, and textiles.
  • The Mansion Museum was the first museum in West Virginia to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.
  • The Mansion Museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.


Glass Museum


Hours: Daily 10 a.m. ‐ 5 p.m.

Adults: $7 per person for one museum / $10 per person for both museums
Children 12 and under: Free

Glass Museum Highlights:

  • Witness the largest piece of cut lead crystal ever made- The Sweeney Punch Bowl. Standing five feet tall and weighing 225 pounds, this remarkable piece of Victorian artistry is world renowned.
  • Experience over 3,000 examples of Wheeling glass made from 1829-1939 including cut lead crystal, Victorian art glass, peachblow glass, pattern and depression glass, Northwood’s carnival glass, and many other glass examples showcasing Ohio Valley history.
  • Experience live glassworking demonstrations and make your own paperweight in one of our Walk-In Workshops. Call 304-242-7272 for hours and information.



About Oglebay Institute

Oglebay Institute advocates the essential value of arts and nature in our personal lives and its public worth to our community.

Since 1930, the non-profit Oglebay Institute has served as the cultural hub of Wheeling, West Virginia, providing countless opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to enjoy, appreciate and experience the arts and nature.

Oglebay Institute venues include the Museums of Oglebay Institute, the Stifel Fine Arts Center, Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance, Schrader Environmental Education Center, Towngate Theatre and Terra Alta Mountain Nature Camp.

For additional information about the Museums of Oglebay Institute, please call 304-242-7272.  Follow the Learn More link for complete information about Oglebay Institute.

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