Welcome to the “The Capital of the World,”
Circleville, Ohio, and the Ted Lewis Museum

 Founded in 1977, the museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

Journey through the life of Theodore Leopold Friedman from his childhood - playing clarinet in the Circleville Cadet Band - to his attempts to run away with medicine shows and carnivals to avoid working inhis father’s store.

Learn how he was crowned “The King of Jazz” and won his battered old top hat in a dice game. Listen to the songs he made famous including “When My Baby Smiles At Me,” “Tiger Rag,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and his signature routine, “Me and My Shadow.” Watch historic film and television appearances and experience his amazing 65-year career in show business.

Hours & Address

The Ted Lewis Museum is open Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

The Museum will be closed December 28th-February 28th and on holidays.
During Pumpkin Show, the third Wednesday-Saturday of October, the museum is open 12-5 PM.   

Museum Phone:  740-477-3630
For free tours outside of regular open hours and group tours call the museum or email us!

Museum Address:
133 West Main Street
Circleville, Ohio 43113
Free parking is available on the street