ODNR Offers a Glimpse into the Past with New Virtual Museum

Uncover the historic treasures tucked away in our parks and preserves in the Cardinal Collection.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Artifacts, historic patches, sculptures, and artwork- all these things can be found hidden within Ohio State Parks and nature preserves. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is putting these pieces of history right at your fingertips with the Cardinal Collection, a brand-new virtual museum.

“Every part of the state has unique stories to tell in both its natural settings and the histories of the people who lived and worked there,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Everyone with a thirst for knowledge can take a hike through history, go on a visual tour of artifacts from an old homestead, or examine artwork from another time. This new online platform makes these treasures accessible to each and every person who wants to appreciate them.”

Available in an easy-to-use database, digital images and descriptions reveal what objects you can discover when you visit an ODNR property, or you can simply browse and explore each artifact online.

Some featured items:

You can search by ODNR property or by the type of artifact you would like to view. New artifacts will be added frequently, so check back often. Find it online:  The Cardinal Collection: ODNR’s Digital Museum

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.


Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources