Hagen History Center

Hagen History Center, Erie: Hours, Address, Hagen History Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Hagen History Center
4.5
History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Hagen History Center formerly known as the Erie County Historical Society is a public museum located in Erie, Pennsylvania and focuses on the history of Erie County for the past 200 years. There is also an additional campus known as the Battles Estates in Girard, Pennsylvania.
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AtreyaC
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Me and my grandmother used to visit this location every couple of months when I was younger. We recently decided that we would check it out again as it had been 3 to 4 years since last visiting. It was an amazing idea as we were stunned to see the improvement of the inside buildings surrounding the mansion! Welcoming environment, lovely interior, and precise information on Erie's history. The Watson-Curtze Mansion has always held a special place in my heart and I'm glad the Hagen History Center has used it's beauty to exhibit and educate!
Written 13 August 2022
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Kevin M
Beaver Falls, PA150 contributions
Surprised by the quality of this place. Great historical collection in this clean well arranged facility. Self guided tour and the displays are super clean. I'll bet most of the population of Erie has never been here and they are missing out. If you're a history buff, gotta go here.
Written 3 August 2022
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Ginni H
Pittsburgh, PA1 contribution
The museum was excellent way to spend an afternoon. Interesting to learn of the history of Erie, PA and the Frank Lloyd exhibit gave you an wonderful glimpse into one of America's premier architects. The staff was warm and welcoming!
Written 27 May 2022
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Rachael N
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Couples
Beautiful and full of Naval History! Erie has a gem here. Well worth the trip from Cleveland. The Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit was a must see!
Written 5 March 2022
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Coleen H
Buffalo, NY14 contributions
I loved everything. The EB Green-designed mansion was spectacular. The Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit was beyond my expectations. The history of Erie was fascinating. The buildings were amazing and cared for so well. The staff was eager to help and thrilled we were there. Don't miss this! If you are passing through on the 90, get off and see this place.
Written 5 March 2022
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Stephanie H
4 contributions
Museum is impressive and a great way to spend an afternoon in Erie, PA. The addition of the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit also provides a stop between the Buffalo and the Pittsburgh/Somerset area Wright-designed structures.
Written 7 February 2022
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JackofPBFL
Palm Bay, FL1,190 contributions
There are five exhibits to visit and they are creating two additional Erie related exhibits. We were most impressed the installation of the Frank Lloyd Wright San Francisco Office in a custom built building. There were a couple of Wright's cars to see. He had a great interest in cars which I was not aware of. There were also several galleries' of military artifacts honoring veterans and a mansion that we did not visit due to physical limitations of our friend. There is an admission cost to enter with a discount for seniors.
Written 7 November 2021
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Hola4876
Lansing, MI903 contributions
Very interesting area; one regards Frank Lloyd Wright, another is on the Erie Canal, another regards history of war & local soldiers. The Watson-Curtze Museum is also a part of this Center & is a beautiful building. On the second floor, take note of the difference in the woodwork in the bedrooms of the Dad, Mom, and daughter.
Written 4 October 2021
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David S
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I have visited this place numerous times growing up, for the first time as a school field trip over 50 years ago when it was the Erie Museum. I never forgot everything I saw there and was impressed with the planetarium behind the house in what I think was the carriage house; unfortunately the planetarium relocated to the Behrend Campus of Penn State, but I think Erie could support 2 planetariums if the carriage house were again to serve as one. The house as it is now is fine as a period house, but I think more could be done in the way of acquiring more period furnishings, installing front doors more in keeping with the style of the house, and perhaps even putting the antique kitchen to use with occasional cooking demonstrations by local chefs/cooks and then serving the food in the dining room. There used to be a model train exhibit in the basement; perhaps an elaboration of that exhibit made permanent could be placed in the ballroom on the top floor if it isn't going to be used for various social functions in Erie.
Written 7 September 2021
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Thanks for your review, David! We would love to invite back to check us out. Since your visit in 2020 we have added two new buildings and we have 11 brand new exhibits! The Carriage House now includes our gift shop, research area, reading room and library with more than 5,800 books published in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The Hagen History Center staff offices are also in the building. The Watson-Curtze Mansion also serves as our event center. The ballroom is often utilized for private events and the kitchen is unfortunately a non-working kitchen. We appreciate your suggestions, and hope to see you soon!
Written 9 September 2021
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DixieDoll11
Livonia, MI47 contributions
Couples
Beautiful mansion. Grounds and interior kept up well. Great museum items to see and read about. Would be better with a guided tour or better self guided materials. Felt it was missing a ton of historical facts about the times, the people who resided there and basic workings and expenses of the house, including how much it was to build or purchase. It had some furniture and belongings of the residents, but it would have been better if fully furnished. Still a great find and glad we went.
Written 6 October 2019
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Hagen History Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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