Another one of Cleveland’s free museums in the Cleveland Police Museum. The Police Museum is located in Police Headquarters downtown. Their exhibits include several of the death masks from the Torso Murders, back when a serial killer roamed the streets of Cleveland, claiming at least 12 lives in the late 1930’s. They even have one of the masks that was on display at the Great Lakes Exposition, in which they were hoping someone would recognize and help them identity victim number four, the Tattooed Man.
There is an exhibit that explores the race riots in Cleveland in 1968, one that honors Cleveland police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty going all the way back to 1853 and various units including the motorcycle, K-9 and mounted units.
The Police museum is normally open on Wednesdays and Thursdays and you do have to go through security to enter the building but it is totally worth checking out.
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