Discover and Support the Police Museum

A photo of Eliot Ness inspecting a fleet of Harley-Davidson Servicars courtesy of the Cleveland Police Museum

The Police Museum has faced challenges since losing its dedicated space when the headquarters building was sold. This unique institution, which once welcomed visitors from Monday through Friday, organized special events and tours upon request, and showcased the rich history of the department, now operates on a limited basis.

Currently, the Police Museum opens its doors to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The museum staff strives to accommodate tour requests outside of these hours when personnel are available. Despite the challenges, the museum continues to host open houses for new academy classes and serves as the location for badge pinning ceremonies for graduating classes.

Having recently signed a short-term lease with the county, the Police Museum can maintain its space in the Justice Center until the new police headquarters is ready, with the hope of being part of the relocation.

Now more than ever, the Police Museum needs financial support from the community. Please consider making a generous donation to help them through these challenging times. As the department’s size decreases, so does the monthly support the museum receives. Additionally, the museum is seeking to increase the number of active-duty officers on its board and committees. If you know any officers who might be interested in getting involved, encourage them to contact the museum for more information.

Let’s come together to ensure the Police Museum continues to share the department’s history and inspire pride in our community.


The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf.

We provide funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and support the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties. Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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