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.

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.

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!

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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Cleveland Police Museum

We love the design of the new Little Library at the Derek Owens Memorial Park. It's based off of the Murphy Call Boxes located on every other street corner in Cleveland. Designed by CPD employee Jerry Murphy, this compact system combined the signal alarm, the telegraph and the telephone system into one unit. Each box was numbered and wired to a corresponding Gamewell alarm in the Central Station house. Each patrol officer was required to "ring-in" at predetermined times. This was accomplished by pulling the lever inside the box which set in operation a wheel that sent a coded message via telegraph to the precinct house. One pull was the signal that the officer was on post and all right. Two pulls meant that the officer was requesting a patrol wagon to transport an arrested person.

In 1928, the year before radio communication was introduced into the CPD, there were 640 call boxes and 900 fire alarm boxes in use. The Murphy Call Box was the first of its kind in our country and was copied by a number of other cities.
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Enjoy a family fun afternoon at the Cleveland Police Museum Vintage Vehicle Show.

Step back into the past and see the 1973 AMC Ambassador Impact Task Force car.
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The 2019 Greater Cleveland Peace Officer Memorial Service.

Thank you Detective Carl Bowers of the Cleveland Police Photo Lab.
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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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