Honoring Those Who’ve Served

The Cleveland Police Museum • 1300 Ontario Street • Cleveland, Ohio 44113 • 216.623.5055

We are open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
Tours are also available by appointment.

Announcing our new exhibit: The Tragedy of Glenville

Open House on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 12 noon to 8 pm

Support Our Fallen Officers Exhibit!

We're honoring the memories of CPD Officers who've made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. You're invited to join us by pledging your support.

An impressive array of facts, stories, and artifacts.


Our convenient traveling box featuring unique artifacts, documents, and photos.

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Our Speakers Bureau offers presentations on topics related to the history of the CPD.

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Our Museum covers the entire history of the Cleveland Police Department, from its beginnings in the mid-1800s to modern day. From Eliot Ness to the gruesome Torso Murders, we have plenty of interesting displays. To get a peek, click to enter below.

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3 days ago

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Last evening, July 16, 2018, our museum opened to current and retired police officers to take a look at some special displays.

One features an informative look back to 50 years ago when the Glenville Riots took place. Another new display hosts a touch-screen computer where officers who have fallen in the line of duty are remembered with a biographical page for each one.

Thanks to the many officers who shared their stories from that fateful time 50 years ago!
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6 days ago

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Former Cleveland Safety Director Eliot H. Ness passed away in 1957 at the age of 54 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. His last wish was to be cremated and laid to rest in Cleveland, Ohio. He had also asked that his remains be dispersed over water.

Cleveland Police Museum Trustee Rebecca McFarland (Historian and expert on the life of Eliot Ness) learned that the ashes of Director Ness, along with those of his wife Elizabeth Anderson Ness and their son Robert, had never been buried. She contacted the caretaker of the ashes and was given permission for the Cleveland Police Historical Society to arrange for the cremains to be given a final resting place. As part of the arraignment, the custodian requested complete anonymity. Lake View Cemetery graciously agreed to provide that final resting place

Eliot Ness and his family were laid to rest in a dignified ceremony on September 10, 1997 at 6:30 p.m. The Cleveland Divisions of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, along with their Pipes and Drums, Honor Guards, Color Guards, Motorcycle and Mounted Units, and historical vehicles processed to Lake View Cemetery where a memorial service was held. Dignitaries from around the state attended, along with other researchers, authors, and people who wished to pay their respects to this man who had such a lasting impact on Cleveland. Approximately 1,000 guests crowded around Wade Pond as a wreath was placed on the water and their ashes were dispersed according to the wishes of the family. A monument to Eliot Ness and his wife and son was unveiled and stands in perpetuity to honor this great law enforcement officer.

Please join representatives of the Cleveland Police Museum as they participate in the first Eliot Ness Fest in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, July 20th – 22nd, 2018. For more information go to www.facebook.com/eliotnessfest/
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The Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum exists to collect and preserve police history and to use its collection and programs to educate the public and foster mutual understanding and respect between law enforcement and the public.

Cleveland Police Historical Society

1300 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216.623.5055


Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
Tours are also available by appointment; use our contact form for your request.
Admission is always free
If the Cleveland Municipal School District is closed due to inclement weather, the Museum will be closed as well.

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