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

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


An impressive array of facts, stories, and artifacts.



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

Museum in a Box


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

Speakers Bureau


Apparel, Accessories, Books, and More!

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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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Cleveland Police Vintage Fleet will be at the 22nd Annual Mary Church of Peace Car Show this Saturday. Stop by! ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the Cleveland Police Museum and Vintage Fleet on Sunday, Sept 26 at 1 pm at the International Federation of Trekkers World Headquarters at 501 Cleveland Road West, Huron OH 44839. The IFT will be presenting a donation to the museum in honor of fallen officer William R. Hudec. Attendees can have their photos taken in a screen accurate, original series captain’s chair, tour the museum and see vintage police vehicles. ... See MoreSee Less
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That's one way to stop a robbery in progress!In 1941, while Det. Thomas White was cruising in a detective prowl car, a radio alarm told of a holdup in progress at the Central National Bank branch at E. 118th Street and Buckeye Road S.E.White and his two partners, practically in front of the place when the alarm was sounded, were able to see patrons standing with their hands in the air.Not wanting to take any chances on the robbers shooting their way past them, White gunned the motor and drove the car through the front door of the bank. The robbers were so surprised they dropped their weapons and surrendered.Lieutenant Thomas White went on to head the departments Special Services Unit, where he tracked down many of Cleveland's most notorious robbers, racketeers and criminals.These photos along with scrapbooks and other memorabilia related to Thomas White were recently donated to the Cleveland Police Museum. Our museum continues to grow with donations like these!Thomas P. White, Badge Number 385; Appointed 06/15/1937; Retired as a Lieutenant 04/01/1965; End of Watch 11/09/1981.#clevelandpolicemuseum #ClevelandPolice ... 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


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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