Guide to Museums In and Around Columbus

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Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on August 9, 2023
Photo by Columbus Museum of Art via Facebook

Whether you’re a history buff, an artist, a vintage television enthusiast, or just an admirer of many things – you’ll find something that interests you in this list of museums in and around Columbus!

Get your museum stance ready (hands folded behind the back and a slight forward-lean to signal others that you are deep in thought and know a lot more than they do), and enjoy. Walk slowly and remember to occasionally let out a quiet, “hm,” as you read the little plaques next to each exhibit.

Reminder to NOT TOUCH THE INSTALLATIONS! Just thought we’d remind you now so you don’t get scolded later. Love you!

Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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Adena Mansion and Garden

847 Adena Road Chillicothe, OH

Other

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Adena Was the 2000-acre estate of Thomas Worthington (1773-1827), the sixth governor of Ohio and one of the state's first United States Senators. The mansion

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Anti Saloon Legue Museum

126 S State St Westerville, OH 43081

Northeast

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From 1893 to 1933, the Anti-Saloon League was a major force in American politics. Influencing the United States through lobbying and the printed word,

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Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

1813 N. High St Columbus, OH 43210

Central

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum houses the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics, including original

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Central Ohio Fire Museum

260 N 4th St Columbus, OH 43215

Central

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The Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center pays tribute to our firefighter’s past, present, and future. Through a collection of hand-drawn, horse-drawn,

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Columbus Museum of Art

480 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215

Central

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The Columbus Museum of Art is an art museum in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Formed in 1878 as the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, it was the first art museum

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COSI – Center of Science and Industry

333 West Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215

Central

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COSI is a nationally esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio with all things science for 58 years, inspiring interest in science, technology,

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Early Television Museum

5396 Franklin St. Hilliard, OH 43026

Other

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The Early Television Foundation was founded by Steve McVoy. As a teenager he worked in a television repair shop after school, and sometimes worked on 1940's

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Honda Heritage Center

24025 Honda Parkway Marysville, OH 43040

Northwest

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Fueled by the Power of Dreams, Honda continues to rank as the world’s most innovative mobility company. The Honda Heritage Center™ highlights the company’s

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Jack Nicklaus Museum

2355 Olentangy River Rd Columbus, OH 43210

Central

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The Jack Nicklaus Museum, located in the heart of The Ohio State University sports complex in Jack's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, is a 12,000 square-foot

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Kelton House Museum & Garden

586 E Town Street Columbus, OH 43215

Central

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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the Victorian Era through the eyes of the Kelton family. Built in 1852, this historic landmark incorporates elements

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Lighthouse Immersive

940 Polaris Pkwy Columbus, OH 43240

North

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Lighthouse Immersive has revolutionized how people encounter art with blockbuster immersive experiences that have sold millions of tickets, including Immersive

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Motts Military Museum

5075 S Hamilton Rd Groveport, OH 43125

Southside

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Founded in 1987 by Warren E. Motts of Groveport, Ohio who established the museum as a 501 (C) 3 not for profit tax exempt educational organization. The

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Museum of Catholic Art and History

257 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215

Central

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The museum was founded in 1998 by a local diocesan priest. In preparation for the Jubilee year of 2000, Pope John Paul II had requested that Dioceses across

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National Afro-American Museum

800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211

Central

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The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center opened to the public in April 1988 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The museum is the permanent

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National Veterans Memorial and Museum

300 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215

Central

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There’s only one Museum in America that honors ALL Veterans – from all branches of service, and from all eras of our nation’s proud history of military

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Ohio Craft Museum

1665 W. Fifth Ave. Columbus, OH 43212

Central

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The Ohio Craft Museum is a program of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, presenting five major exhibitions each year, as well as focus exhibits and a gift shop.

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Ohio History Center

800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211

Central

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The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s

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Ohio Railway Museum

990 Proprietors Road Worthington, OH 43085

North

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Founded in 1948, The Ohio Railway Museum is one of the oldest railroad museums in America. The museum began with the acquisition of Ohio Public Service

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Orton Geological Museum

155 S Oval Mall Columbus, OH 43210

Central

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If you’ve had the opportunity to visit the Orton Geological Museum, or even to visit the Museum’s website lately, you’ve no doubt noticed changes.

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The King Arts Complex

835 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, OH 43203

Central

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Opened in March 1987, The King Arts Complex is located on the near East side of Columbus, Ohio, in one of the oldest areas of African-American life in

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Thurber House

77 Jefferson Ave Columbus, OH 43215

Central

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Founded in 1984, Thurber House is a nonprofit literary arts center, James Thurber museum, historic landmark, and gathering place for readers, writers,

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Westerville History Museum

126 S State St Westerville, OH 43081

Northeast

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The Westerville History Museum is your access to the past through historical collections and learning experiences. Westerville’s anti-alcohol efforts

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