Visit & Explore

What will you see at the Hagen History Center?

Whether you’re a history aficionado, novice, Erieite or visitor, the Hagen History Center has something for you. Check out the galleries in the Watson-Curtze Mansion. They Include:

  • Ethnic Erie Gallery  
  • Hall of Architecture Gallery
  • Admiral Weschler Military Gallery
  • Manufacturing Gallery
  • Recreational Gallery
  • Civil War Gallery
  • Native American Gallery
  • Mr. Watson's Billiard Room
  • Period Kitchen

Watch for changing exhibits.


Remember the story of Mad Anthony Wayne?
Yes, his pot and chair are located on the 3rd floor. They’re legendary! Just ask us.

Want to know how Erie was involved in the Civil War and what was General Strong Vincent’s role? 
See the Civil War Gallery on the 2nd floor. Erie was front and center. Our Archives contain substantial Civil War research materials with over 1,000 books and dozens of boxes of primary source documents.

Remember when Griswold Manufacturing made cast iron home products?
Founded in Erie in 1865, Griswold had a world-wide reputation for high quality, cast iron cookware. Visit the mansion’s kitchen display on the first floor to see our extensive collection.

Make a visit to the Hagen History Center several times a year. We’ll always have something new for you to see.


When can you come?

Summer/Fall Hours (Memorial Day-December 30)

Museum Hours - Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00 to 5:00, Sunday: Noon to 5:00
Research Hours - Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 to 5:00 or by appointment. Please call in advance.

Winter/Spring Hours (January 2-Memorial Day)

Museum Hours -Thursday-Saturday: 11:00 to 5:00
Research Hours -Thursday-Saturday: 11:00 to 5:00 or by appointment. Please call in advance.


What is the cost of admission?

You can choose to pay for an admission fee for one day or become a member of the ECHS.

Admission prices:

  • ECHS Members FREE
  • Adults $10
  • Seniors $7.50
  • Students & Veterans $5
  • Student Group Tours $3/person
  • Children 6 & Under FREE

Become a member online Download our membership application (PDF)