PRLog - March 16, 2011 - MANSFIELD, Ohio -- MANSFIELD, Ohio – There's no better way for travelers to immerse themselves in a new destination than to soak up the local way of life through its cuisine and culture. Mansfield, Ohio offers travelers a chance to check out some of the most unique and unusual museum collections in the nation. From a walk through fire service history to meeting the world’s first robot, the north central Ohio region offers some of the most extraordinary and rare museum experiences. Travelers can find complete information on Mansfield and its museums at www.MansfieldTourism.com or by calling (800) 642-8282.
The world’s first robot, ELEKTRO, was built in 1937 at the Westinghouse appliance plant in Mansfield, Ohio. Built in secrecy, this 7-foot-tall, 300-pound robot was designed as the ultimate home appliance and was expected to have the ability to cook, do laundry and entertain children. ELEKTRO could walk, talk, raise and lower his arms, turn his head and move his mouth as he spoke. Today, ELEKTRO and predecessor Herbert Televox are permanently on display at the Mansfield Memorial Museum as part of the “Mechanical Men of Westinghouse”
The various aspects of the history of fire service are truly brought home at the Mansfield Fire Museum, from the bucket brigade to early horse-drawn equipment. Seeing a reproduction of a turn-of-the-
The Holy Bible comes to life with tours of the world's only biblical wax museum. BibleWalk features 300+ figures in 62 life-size dioramas accompanied by special effects and an audio tour. BibleWalk also features the world's largest collection of unique American votive folk-art, comprised of large sculptures made from jewelry, hat pins, tie pins, beadwork, cuff links, collar studs, coins, and other trinkets to create enchanting biblical scenes. Rare Braille Bibles, word art, intricate John Burns Woodcarvings and a live dinner theater complete the museum's amazing collection of artifacts and events.
Mansfield, Ohio offers a wealth of other unusual travel adventures, including everything from overnight ghost hunts in a haunted former state prison to world-class motorsports. Breathtaking scenery and rural and hometown experiences are complimented by hiking, biking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and loads more unique adventures. Complete area travel information and a free Visitors Guide are available at (800) 642-8282 or www.mansfieldtourism.com.