The Chagrin Falls Historical Society Museum displays both current, themed exhibits that change periodically, and permanent exhibits of life, industry, and society in Chagrin Falls.

Current Exhibits in the Gallery

Oil Paintings by Charles Deihl & his students

In collaboration with the Valley Art Center for their 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum presents an art exhibit “Oil Paintings by Bud Deihl & his Students”. The art exhibition will be on display from Saturday, May 1 through Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Master painter Charles “Bud” Deihl of South Russell painted the mural on the side of the Valley Art Center. Mr. Deihl holds graduate degrees in Painting and Drawing, and Sculpture from Michigan State University. He has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and Art Professor, later serving as President of Kendall College of Art and Design and concluded his career as President of Columbus College of Art and Design.

Since 2004, Mr. Deihl has taught at the Valley Art Center. His courses have included general Drawing, Life Drawing, Master Classes, Oil Painting, and museum seminars at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Design. Mr. Deihl is an award winning painter and has juried many art exhibitions in the Cleveland area.

The exhibit at the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum also features work from local artists who are students of Charles Deihl. Many of these works are available for purchase. Please visit the museum to see these wonderful pieces of art!

This exhibit is open to the public during our normal business hours. Admission to the museum is free but
donations are appreciated.
Museum Hours:
Thursday 2-7pm
Friday 11am-3pm
Saturday 11am-3pm

COVID-19 Protocol:
Masks and sign in are required, please practice social distancing.
The number of visitors allowed in the gallery at the same time will be limited.

The History of Chagrin Falls Park

This exhibit has been extended beyond April 3, 2021. Please call the museum to schedule your visit 440-247-4695.

The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum invites you to learn the history of Chagrin Falls Park. Through our Photo Archive and research conducted by Historian Andrew Wiese, learn about how the area called Chagrin Falls Park began and how the community has grown throughout history.

In conjunction with this exhibit, we are proud to announce that we are republishing Andrew Wiese’s 1986 case study “A Place of Our Own: The Chagrin Falls Park from 1921-1950”. Collaborating with Wiese, Chagrin Falls Park staff, and local company Windjammer Adventure Publishing, this edition will have new photographs, and portions of transcripts from Wiese’s original interviews with Park residents.

All proceeds from the book will benefit the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center. Please stay tuned for a
Virtual Book Release Party & Program.

COVID-19 Disclaimer:
Masks and sign in are required, please practice social distancing.
The number of visitors allowed in the gallery at the same time will be limited.

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Permanent Exhibits

Our permanent exhibits include displays of local industries, and contributions of our residents in both war and peace.

Civil War sword and hat in a display case
Civil War display
Sad irons and axes in a display case
Items made in Chagrin Falls

Past Exhibits:

Cozy & Comfortable: Quilts, Coverlets, and Bedspreads (January 30, 2021 through April 3, 2021)

Welcome Christmas! An Outdoor Exhibit Experience (November 27 through December 26, 2020)

Political Campaign Memorabilia: from first to last and everything in between (September 5 through November 7, 2020)

Innovations: Change for the Better (February 27 through August 31, 2020)

Under the Tree: A Celebration of Gifts for Children (November 29, 2019 through January 25, 2020)

Through Their Eyes: Chagrin Valley Veterans (May 23 through November 11, 2019)

Whirligigs, Whammy Doodles, and other Folk Art (March 12 through April 29, 2019)

CHAGRIN FALLS: OPEN FOR BUSINESS! A retrospective exhibit on Chagrin Falls businesses (September 27, 2018 through February 28, 2019)