Our Temporary Exhibits

“100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library” - starts October 1, 2016

Explore President Rutherford B. Hayes’ passion for collecting historic artifacts and witness moments in the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ history during a special exhibit from Oct. 1 through May 7.

“100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library” will showcase highlights of the century HPLM has been open. The exhibit will focus on three parts: President Hayes’ collecting of historical artifacts, Col. Webb Cook Hayes and the founding of HPLM and HPLM as a vibrant institution.

The exhibit will include artifacts, documents and photos.

President Hayes believed artifacts could connect people to a time and place like nothing else, and he collected items of historical significance throughout his life. Examples include some of Abraham Lincoln’s presidential china and items from the Civil War, in which Hayes fought.

President Hayes’ son, Col. Webb Cook Hayes, wanted to further his parents’ lifelong goal of education and worked tirelessly through numerous challenges to open HPLM on Memorial Day 1916. The facility made the president’s papers and artifacts available to the public for research and learning.

Throughout its first century, HPLM has expanded the museum library building and grown its educational programming and events for the public. The exhibit will highlight some of those additions, including the annual Christmas dinners in the Hayes Home and the donation of a dollhouse belonging to President Hayes’ only daughter, Fanny.

The exhibit will open at 9 a.m. Oct. 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, with the exception of holiday hours and closings. Admission is included in a ticket to the Hayes Museum. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. HPLM members are admitted for free.

Hayes Train Special - starts November 25, 2016 

The Christmas season starts with a whistle as the Hayes Train Special model train display opens on Friday, Nov. 25.

This winding, multi-tiered model train display recalls the days of President Rutherford B. Hayes, with multiple trains running through an intricate holiday Victorian scene.

Visitors can get involved with several interactive parts of the display. They can blow the train whistle, make the Ferris wheel move, run one of the trains and more! This exhibit is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

The Hayes Train Special has been a tradition at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums for more than 20 years, and it continues to evolve. Model train enthusiasts help HPLM staff design a new layout each year for the 12-by-24-foot display and add different features. The effect is a winter wonderland straight from the past.

In addition to the trains, the display area will be lined with intricate paper snowflakes by Mary Gaynier.

The Hayes Train Special will be on display through Jan. 8.

Admission is included with the cost of a Hayes Museum ticket. In addition to seeing the train display, visitors can check out the newly redesigned exhibit galleries and see the special exhibit “100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library.”

Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children age 5 and younger. HPLM members are admitted for free, and members at many levels also receive free admission for children and grandchildren.

The Hayes Train Special is sponsored by the Gordon W. Knight Family and Croghan Colonial Bank.