The Ohio Statehouse Museum opened to the public on June 10, 2009 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Ceremony participants included: Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Senate President Bill Harris and House Speaker Armond Budish. Other notable legislative and community leaders were also on hand to cut the ribbon.
The Museum functions as an interactive place for learning about Ohio government for more than 80,000 Ohio Statehouse tour visitors annually. The Museum enriches the experience of Statehouse visitors by providing stronger and more diverse orientation and education about Ohio government and history. Admission to the Ohio Statehouse Museum is free.