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The museums of Columbus offer a little something for all ages and types. Visitors can explore the history of motorcycles at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the evolution of business technology at COSI, watch a dazzling performance at the Ohio Theatre, or take in International art exhibits at the Columbus Museum of Art or Wexner Center for the Arts.
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Featuring exhibits and demonstrations relating to the wide worlds of schience and industry (as well as other technological innovations), COSI is a museum dedicated to exploration for both young and old. With exhibits that tie modern-day events with the historical past, COSI is sure to have something for everyone.
The Columbus Museum of Art enjoys an international reputation for its distinguished collections of European and American Modernism (Impressionism and Expressionism). They offer great experiences with great art for everyone.
Ninety acres of outdoor green space, 400 plant species, 100 butterfly species, 800 feet of model railroad track, 7,000 panes of glass, and 100 years of tradition make Franklin Park Conservatory a unique destination. Visitors can explore a cool Himalayan Mountain, a tropical rainforest, or an inviting Pacific Island Water Garden.
The Kelton House Museum traces Columbus history in a Victorian home dressed in the manner of the late 1800s. A stop on the Underground Railroad for refugee slaves, the Kelton House has preserved several documents and antiquities tracing back to the Civil War era.
Dedicated to the history of motorcycles and motorized bikes, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is much more than you'd expect - with interactive exhibits and attractions.
From tribal dwellings inhabited to the Shawnee, Miami, and Hope Indians to the sprawling cities like Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus has seen many changes and the Ohio Historical Society documents them all, whether social, archeological, or political.
Located in Worthington, the Ohio Railway Museum features a main ticket office, several older rail cars purchased from old rail lines, including the CD&M (Columbus, Delaware, and Marion), Pennsylvania Railroad, and a trolley that travels through parts of Worthington and North Columbus.
Featuring caverns cut into the limestone by natural water and ice flows, the Olentangy Indian Caverns also chart the history of the American Indian and his existence in the Ohio plains. Visitors can also take part in the gem mining exhibit, climbing a rock wall, or playing a round on a miniature golf course.
Located in Thurber Village between downtown and the OSU Campus, Thurber House is a living house museum celebrating the life and literature of Author James Thurber, who found fame writing for the New Yorker as well as writing several novels about the pastoral life in Columbus during the 1910s. The museum also features a reading room and several grants for local writers.
Downtown features three renovated, historic theatres: The Ohio Theatre, The Palace Theatre, and the Southern Theatre. CAPA runs and programs these theatres with Broadway Tours, symphony performances, and more. To learn the current show times and schedules visit the CAPA website or contact the box office at 614.469.1045
The Wexner Center for the Arts is Columbus' premier contemporary arts institution. The center features galleries, film screenings, performance events, and a store. The centre features exhibitions, film, and performing arts from global artists. The Wexner Center has a focus on bringing one a kind, contemporary, and cutting edge art to Ohio. From Warhol to lesser known up and comers the Wexner Center is a local and visitors favorite.