Whether it’s a collection of early television sets, Sunday comics or Santa Claus figurines, Ohio has a museum for just about every interest.
Sure, there are the heavy-hitters in every major metro, the art museums, the history museums, even that little rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame you might have heard of in Cleveland.
But Ohio is also home to a host of special-interest museums:
Campus Martius Museum
This facility highlights population migration in Ohio’s history. It’s built on the site of the original fort that established Marietta. Gen. Rufus Putnam’s house and the Ohio River Land Company Office remain from that fortification and are enclosed within the museum. $8, $4 children 6-12. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed- Sat, noon to 5 p.m. Sun (closed winter months). 601 Second St., Marietta, (740) 373–3750 or www.ohiohistory.org/places/campus.
Cartoon Research Library & Museum
You’ll never look at the Sunday comics the same after a visit to this, the nation’s largest library devoted to Peanuts, Blondie, and more. Currently on display: “Jeff Smith: Before ‘Bone’, a retrospective of the graphic novelist.” The facility’s annual Cartoon Festival of Art features workshops by nationally known cartoonists. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. 17 West 17th Ave., Columbus, (614) 292–0538.

Clifton Mill Santa Claus Museum
At the Dayton-area’s Clifton Mill, the largest operating gristmill in America, there’s a Santa Claus museum with more than 3,000 figures of St. Nick on display — all collected over a 30-year period. Many are mechanical and clockwork figures from long-shuttered Ohio department stores, which make for a nearly living, breathing North Pole experience. If you visit the mill in the spring or summer, you can take the $1 tour, which includes samples of the pancake mix produced there. 75 Water St., Clifton, (937) 767–5501, www.cliftonmill.com.

Early Television Museum
This museum features the world’s largest collection of early television sets, dating back to a mechanical set built in 1929. $1 donation requested. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., noon to 6 p.m. Sun. 5396 Franklin St., Hilliard, (614) 771-0510.

Jack Nicklaus Museum
The “Greatest Game” and its greatest player are honored at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. Legendary players, famous personalities, and recreational golfers are featured in displays, which include memorabilia collected by the United States Golf Association. $10, $7 seniors, $5 students. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Sat. 2355 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, (614) 247–5959 or www.nicklausmuseum.org

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
Vrroomm! Motorcycle enthusiasts such as Jay Leno hang out among the hundreds of classic motorcycles housed here. $10, $8 seniors, and free to children age 11 and under. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, (614) 856–1900, www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum
This facility includes the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Apollo 11 artifacts, space suits, launch pad memorabilia, even actual moon rocks. $8, $4 students. Why all this in Wapakoneta? This is Armstrong's hometown. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Sat, noon to 5 p.m. Sun. Interstate 75 at Wapakoneta, (800) 860–0142, ohsweb.ohiohistory. org.

Ohio River Museum
Three buildings are devoted to the history of the river named the Ohio by the Iroquois and called La Belle Rivière (“the Beautiful River”) by the French. One building focuses on the natural history of the Ohio, while another is devoted to steamboats and the third explores the enduring relationship between residents and river. $7, $3 children. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat, noon to 5 p.m. Sun. 601 Front St., Marietta, (740) 373–3717.

Trapshooting Hall of Fame and Museum
Various exhibits that trace trapshooting history and honor such famous markspersons as Annie Oakley. The Dayton-area facility is the only known museum in the world devoted to the sport. Free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon-Fri. 601 West National Road, Vandalia, (937) 898–1945.

Tristate Warbird Museum
This museum features World War IIera planes such as a P-51 Mustang, an AT-6D Texas trainer, a TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber, a twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber, a Corsair fighter and more. $12, $7 students and veterans, free to veterans in uniform. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat, 4 to 7 p.m. Wed. 4021 Borman Drive, Batavia, (513) 735-4500, www.tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org.

WACO Museum and Airfield
The WACO Museum and Airfield is housed near the site of the original headquarters of the WACO Aircraft Company (once the world’s largest manufacturer of civilian aircraft). The Dayton-area museum features artifacts and memorabilia related to the WACOs, a series of mass-produced open-cockpit and cabin bi-planes manufactured in the 1920s and 1930s. The Annual WACO Aircraft Reunion and Fly-In is held here, when dozens of WACO pilots bring their treasures to the landing field. $5, students free. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sat-Sun, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wed. 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, (937) 339-8965, www. wacoairmuseum.org.

Wright B Flyer Museum
You can actually fly in a replica of the Wright Model B Flyer, the first mass-produced airplane in the world, at the Dayton area’s Wright B Flyer Museum. The museum/hangar, located at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, also features historical displays. With a takeoff speed of 41 miles per hour, the vintage bi-plane offers a cruising speed of 60 mph and cruising range of up to 100 miles. The Wright B comfortably seats two (you and the pilot). Free (flights for a fee). 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tues, Thurs and Sat. 10550 Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, (937) 885-2327, www.wright-b-flyer.org.