The Ted Lewis Museum

Preserving Circleville's influence on jazz

The Ted Lewis Museum, located on 133 West Main Street, is dedicated to paying tribute to one of Ohio’s most influential jazz musicians, Ted Lewis. The museum was founded in 1977, by Ted’s widow, Adah Becker Lewis, in the honor of preserving Ted Lewis’ memory and accomplishments. 

While other institutions like the Smithsonian and the Yale and Harvard Universities all desired to receive the memorabilia that is hosted in the Ted Lewis Museum, Adah made sure that everything remained here, in Ted Lewis’ hometown, which he often referred to as “The Capital of the World.”

At the Ted Lewis Museum, you can take a journey through the life of Ted Lewis, from his early childhood and up through his sixty-five year career in show business. The museum hosts a variety of media, including historic film and television appearances, memorabilia, a music library, and Ted Lewis’ archives. 

One unique and defining factor of the museum is that the building in which it is located is the last remaining structure that stood within the original circle of Circleville.

The museum is open to the public on Friday and Saturday of every week, from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. with free admission. Although the museum is closed on holidays, it is open with extended hours during Pumpkin Show. It is also possible to schedule group tours at the museum, which is perfect for a field trip or even just an educational outing with your fellow music or history lovers. The Ted Lewis Museum also hosts various types of events, so be sure to check out their online page to get the information for their latest events. 

Whether you just want to learn some more about the history of music, Ted Lewis, Circleville, or even just attend one of their many musical events, you won’t be disappointed with your experience at the Ted Lewis Museum.



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