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

Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-2pm or by appointment


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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Women have worked in the Cleveland Police Department since it's beginnings. The first documented woman working with the department was Mrs. Mary Zelhan, who was hired in 1879 by Superintendent Schmitt to search female prisoners. She was paid fifty cents per search. The department hired it's first Police Matrons in 1887. Police Matrons were civilian workers within the police department who helped supervise the female prisoners. Matron Mamie Goldman is pictured here in 1925. You can learn more here: ... See MoreSee Less
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Women have been a vital part of the Cleveland Division of Police from it's inception. For nearly thirty years, the officers in the Women's Bureau worked out of the 18th Precinct building at 3735 Cedar Avenue. ... 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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