Learn the Past.
Change the Future.

Celebrate the actions of past and present peace activists at The International Peace Museum in Dayton. View one-of-a-kind exhibits, attend events, and join our community.

    Kids enjoy our ThinkTV/PBS Kids carnival in front of the Museum this summer.

Welcome to The International Peace Museum

Our mission is inspire people to work for greater peace and compassion through education and collaboration.

Founded in 2004, The International Peace Museum raises awareness of nonviolent strategies for achieving peace now and in the future. It honors the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia. The Dayton International Peace Museum was founded by J. Frederick Arment, Ralph and Christine Dull, Steve Fryburg and Lisa Wolters.

Featured Exhibits

View our collection of artifacts, personal stories, and continued efforts towards a more peaceful future.

Peacebuilder Stories

Gandhi Original Photo Collection

J. Kadir Cannon Collection

The Dayton Peace Accords

Lessons of the Dayton Peace Accords

Nationalism and xenophobia were at the root of the brutal war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Unfortunately, these tactics are not new, and they are becoming common again as new political leaders around the world use nationalism to rise to power. It is up to peace-loving people to be just as passionate about a world that celebrates diversity and difference. Visit our full digital exhibit on the Dayton Peace Accords, and the aftermath of the war in the former Yugoslavia.

Support the International Peace Museum

We are saving for the future of the Museum. You can help by donating to fund our annual operating budget, special guest exhibits, children's programs, ongoing music, outreach, or The Building Peace series. Also, contact us about legacy planning and gifts to our endowment fund through the Dayton Foundation. The Museum is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Upcoming Events

The museum serves as a gathering place for everyone and offers programs that celebrate music, art, books, film, new ideas, and fresh, often under-represented voices to the conversation.

The museum's success depends on supporters and volunteers like you. It goes without saying, the more support we have from the community, the more we can offer in the future.

Col. John McCance (Ret.), Ambassador Tony Hall, and Michael Bashaw, designer of the Dayton Peace Prize. The Dayton Peace Prize will be on permanent display at the Museum. Past winners include President Bill Clinton, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and Human Rights advocate, Angelina Jolie.

“This is a lovely place to just hang out, or to learn about the history of our peace heroes around the world. The library and children’s room are outstanding under-used resources. It is filled with positive energy and the historical architecture of the building is breathtaking.”

- Derek P.

“This place is so nice. There is an awesome kids' room and a library, very impactful though small exhibits. Sweet and knowledgeable tour guide, too. We spent about an hour here and definitely enjoyed our time.”

- TripAdvisor

"The museum is a place to spend time to realize how important peace is to our world, thru exhibits, education, videos and to teach peace, tolerance, acceptance of cultures all over the world."

- Nina B. on TripAdvisor

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