Puzzle Museum - On Display Now
Puzzle Stamp -
Part of the Postal Services "America in the 20th Century" collection.
Posted on commemorative crossword envelope and canceled on first day of issue,
Feb. 3, 1998.
Crossword Puzzle Book and Omnibus -
Copyright 1924 by Plaza Publishing, New York. Anthology of New York World crossword
puzzles edited by Margaret Petherbridge. The book contains a flap on the cover
for holding a pencil.
Between Sweetie and Me" -
Sheet music. Copyright 1925 by Broadway Music Corp., New York. The first crossword
song lamenting the loss of a love to the crossword craze.
By Onsword Ltd., England. Combining two puzzle favorites, the crossword and
the jigsaw puzzle. Puzzle clues are on one side and crossword grids on the
Words Crossword Game -
Distributed by Kohner Bros. Inc. of New York. Lettered cubes and a plastic
cup are used to form words across and down in a crossword fashion. Scoring
is determined by color of cubes and number of words formed.
Incorporated and Puzzle Buffs International is proud to announce
the opening of THE NATIONAL PUZZLE MUSEUM™. THE NATIONAL PUZZLE
MUSEUM™ is presently open in a virtual form, while a facility
will open to the public in Port Clinton, Ohio in the near future.
Clinton, known as "the Walleye Capital of the World" is located
in the island region of Lake Erie just 90 miles west of Cleveland,
50 miles east of Toledo, and 125 miles north of Columbus. Each
year more than 6 million visitors come to this area for the hottest
walleye and small-mouth bass fishing in the world, Cedar Point
Amusement Park, the National Rifle and Pistol Matches at Camp
Perry and many other attractions. Our research shows this to
be an ideal location for the museum.
a puzzle museum, you ask? Why not? Museums and halls of fame
on subjects far more obscure than puzzles are in operation around
the world. Every year hundreds of millions of people visit museums
for enlightenment, education and entertainment in nearly every
country on earth.
you know that:
history of puzzles dates back before the time of Christ?
were used in Ancient Greece and Rome for education?
than 110 million people in North America solve puzzles?
centuries, puzzles have been used to educate children around
have been used in advertising throughout recorded history?
are enjoyed in nearly every country and language worldwide?
Victoria created the double acrostic puzzle in the 1860’s?
Wynne invented the world’s first "word-cross" puzzles, later
known as crossword puzzles, in 1913?
puzzles were used for espionage to get coded messages to spies
and the underground in World War II?
puzzles nearly scuttled the invasion of Normandy on D-Day?
you can see, puzzles have a rich history and are a significant
part of our culture.
mission in creating the National Puzzle Museum is two-fold:
show the history, origin and development of puzzles, how they
mirror our culture, and the important role they have played in
recognize the contributions of men and women who, by their intriguing
arrangement of characters, figures, words and letters, have provided
stimulation, education and entertainment for mankind.