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

Due to the coronavirus, the museum is closed until further notice.

collections

An impressive array of facts, stories, and artifacts.

Collections

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

Museum in a Box

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

Speakers Bureau

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Apparel, Accessories, Books, and More!

Cop Shop

Our Collections

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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Frank Dalhausen, #931, receiving a radio message from the station, 1938. When the Cleveland Police installed a new radio-based communication system at Central Station in 1929, they cut response times from 30 minutes to 8 minutes or less. Originally, patrol car radios were one-way: Central Station could radio the car, but the patrolman couldn’t radio back. But fairly soon, the department adopted two-way radios in all of its patrol cars.The Cleveland Police Museum is digitizing our photographs , supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration. ... See MoreSee Less
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Radio Station WERE 1300 sent up it’s first “Eye in the Sky” in 1963, in cooperation with the Cleveland Police Department. The daily reports on rush-hour traffic came “direct from the WERE-POLICE helicopter.” Sergeant Ralph Lemieux rode the helicopter and advised motorists on weather hazards, traffic jams and road conditions.The Cleveland Police Museum is digitizing our photographs , supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration. ... See MoreSee Less
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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

Hours

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.

All material on this site is © Cleveland Police Historical Society