In Cleveland, lots of churches get decommissioned and repurposed for new things. That means that there are religious statues everywhere that need homes. The luckiest abandoned Catholic statues of Ohio end up here at The Museum of Divine Statues.
Owned and operated by restoration artist Lou McClung, the museum preserves local Ohio Catholic statuary, simultaneously bringing religious history to life and giving members of decommissioned parishes a place to hold onto their former congregations. For a look inside, check out this video from ABC 5.
Located in what was once a church itself, the Museum of Divine Statues feels not just holy, but deeply worshipful. If you've got a big Catholic family, call ahead to book a tour. Did your grandma have a favorite Saint? Honor her memory by sponsoring a statue. Regardless of the reason for your visit, this is one museum where you can feel the art and architecture of Catholic churches all around.
Cover photo credit: Jim, The Photographer via Flickr licensed under CC BY 2.0