The cost of admission for the Old Depot Museum has increased for the first time in this century.

As of July 1, adults can expect to pay $5 to enter the museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa, instead of the previous $3, according to a news release. Students will now be charged $2, instead of $1. A senior citizen rate will be $4. The release stated preschoolers and Franklin County Historical Society members will continue to visit the museum for free.

The increase is the first in 18 years, the release said.

“Our current admission prices were set in 1999 when the museum reopened after an extensive rehabilitation. We held on to those prices for as long as we could, because we believe in keeping the museum as affordable and accessible as possible,” Deborah Barker, executive director of the Franklin County Historical Society, said in the release.

Free Second Sundays will become “Franklin County Free Days” in September. Franklin County residents can visit the Old Depot Museum free of charge on the second Sunday of each month. For July and August, Second Sundays will remain free to all visitors.

“The increase will make it possible for the historical society to continue to offer unique, fun, and educational programs (which are often free) as well as occasional free admission days for everyone,” the release said.

For questions, call the Franklin County Historical Society at (785) 242-1232 or the Old Depot Museum at (785) 248-4815, or email