Welcome to America’s only brick-and-mortar peace museum!


People cannot be expected to end disputes peacefully if they have never learned nonviolent alternatives. Yet, few places exist for the sole purpose of teaching people—especially children—nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution. Our peace museum fills this void.

The Museum is free to members but we suggest a donation of $8 per person for non-members. No one will ever be turned away by their inability to make a donation.

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208 W. Monument Ave, Dayton

  • Fri – Sun

    10AM to 5PM

  • Open to the public
  • Mon – Thu

    By appointment

  • Book a tour & we'll be there!

Founded in 2004,

…the Dayton International Peace Museum raises awareness of nonviolent strategies for achieving peace now and in the future. The Dayton International Peace Museum was founded by J. Frederick Arment, Ralph and Christine Dull, Steve Fryburg and Lisa Wolters.  It honors the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended war in Bosnia. Its mission is to inspire a local, national, and international culture of peace.

Located in downtown Dayton,

the Museum is housed in the Isaac Pollack House

…a three-story structure  built in 1865 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Incorporated in Ohio in 2004, the Museum is a 501(3)c organization and relies on volunteers and private donors for its support. The Museum is a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace, which has members in 27 countries, including Germany, Iran, Japan, Kenya, and South Africa.

Fun fact:

photo of the grand staircase in The Issac Pollack House

The Isaac Pollack House was completed as the American Civil War was ending in 1865 and Abe Lincoln was president.

The house was one of two identical mansion houses built, side by side, on Third Street. They were in the style of Victorian Second Empire, popular during the mid-19th century and the reign of England’s Queen Victoria.

TIPS: Teens Inventing Peaceful Solutions

Teens Inventing Peaceful Solutions (TIPS) is a group of young people (7th-12th grade) who meet at the Dayton International Peace Museum. Any Miami Valley teen can join.

photo of young teens smiling at a banquet tablephoto of teenagers kneeling around an art project on the floor

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. —Eleanor Roosevelt

Our Leadership & Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — K.M. Kelly

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR & ASSISTANT to the DIRECTOR — Grace Buckingham

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR — William Meers

FACILITIES MANAGER, Events Manager & Training Coordinator — Julie Hatton

PEACE CAMP DIRECTOR — Lesley Thomas

Board of Trustees

The Volunteers and Board of Directors do not receive any compensation for their services attributed to the Dayton International Peace Museum.

CHAIR

Katherine Rowell, Ph.D
Professor of Sociology, Sinclair Community College

VICE-CHAIR

Mary Ramey, Psy.D
Psychologist (Ret.)

TREASURER

Lonnie Franks
Director of Engineering, NCR (Ret.)

SECRETARY

Dr. Eeman Dajani
Pediatric dentist.

Darsheel Kaur
Activist

Jacob Bauer
Adjunct Philosophy Professor, Wright State University

Charise Hairston
Conflict Intervention Specialist, Dayton Mediation Center

Salma Albezreh
High School Student and co-founder of TIPS Teen Peace program

Kay Edwards
Banker, PNC Bank

Jane McEwen
Manager, Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County