The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

55 S. 1st Street, Newark, OH 43055


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The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is an interactive museum for all ages. It is a destination for hands-on discovery with local history, art, science, and glassblowing. Guests enjoy science labs, hot glassblowing demonstrations, an art gallery, a SciDome planetarium, and local history exhibits.

The Marcia W. Downes Art Gallery at The Works features varying gallery exhibitions four times per year. Galleries range from fine arts to historic themes and artifacts, photography, pop culture, and more. Entrance to the gallery is free.

The vision for The Works began in the early 1990s when founder Howard LeFevre assembled a group of local citizens interested in preserving Licking County’s rich industrial heritage. Local educators, artists, engineers, and community leaders became partners in the creation of a unique institution. The Scheidler Machine Works, built in 1882, became the footprint of the main museum, and housed the first of what would become the museum’s signature hands-on exhibits. Today The Works Complex fills an entire city block just south of the historic courthouse square in downtown Newark.

The Works is a Smithsonian Affiliate, a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), and the Time Travelers network.

The Works is more than a museum, offering new hands-on opportunities to inspire creativity and learning every day.​

Credit: The Works