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.

Reopening at our new location in late 2021

10 N. Ludlow St, Dayton, Ohio 45402

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 the war in Bosnia. Its mission is to inspire a local, national, and international culture of peace.

Located in downtown Dayton,

the Museum will open at Courthouse Plaza, 11 N. Ludlow St. in 2021

…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:

Completed in 1850, Dayton’s Old Court House is considered one of the finest examples of Greek-Revival architecture in the nation. U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and William J. Clinton have all campaigned on the building’s storied limestone steps.

During the Civil War, the Dayton community gathered at the Old Court House for telegraph updates. Following the Great 1913 Flood, giant banners were strung from its historic eves, encouraging area citizens to donate to flood relief programs (thereby creating the Miami Conservancy District). And during World War II, the building became a backdrop for bond drives.  From Daytonhistory.org

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 — Kevin Kelly

OPERATIONS MANAGER — Greg Humphrey

DONOR LIAISONS— William Meers, Tony Massoud, & Ken Cohn

DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT— Lezley Pisone, Ripple Effect Studio

WEBMASTER & DIGITAL EXHIBITS — auutstudios.org,  San Francisco

FINANCE & ACCOUNTING: Lisa Chapman, CPA

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION: Currently Vacant

INTERN: Eric Powers, Northwestern University

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

Tom Roberts
Sinclair College, NAACP

Vice-Chair

Jacob Bauer
University of Dayton

TREASURER

Bob Knechel
Nonprofit Executive-Retired

SECRETARY

Kathleen Gish
Sinclair College

Amanda Arrington
Dayton Metro Library

Greg Schell
ThinkTV

Maggie Schallar
The City of Dayton

Rhonda Kline
Goodwill/Easter Seals Dayton

Salma Albezreh
The Ohio State University

Kelly Lehman
Social Entrepreneur

Tracy Sibbing
The United Way

Dr. Paul Morrow
University of Dayton