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Ohio History Center

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Address: 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211-2497
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+1 614-297-2300
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The history of Ohio from the Ice Age to the present is chronicled inside...

The history of Ohio from the Ice Age to the present is chronicled inside this architecturally interesting concrete and glass structure, housing a vast collection of artifacts, exhibits on everything from ancient Indian cultures to industrial progress and archives documenting early settlers' daily lives.

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Wonderful find in Columbus!!

I was attending a wedding and had a few hours free. My parents and I visited and we all enjoyed the experience. The staff members we encountered were friendly and helpful... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I was attending a wedding and had a few hours free. My parents and I visited and we all enjoyed the experience. The staff members we encountered were friendly and helpful. There is something for everyone from quilts, to topography and even a huge mastodon!! I was impressed by the collection and they places in the museum that encouraged hands... More 

Thank JMart22
Castleford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This museum seemed empty. Wide open spaces. Loads of indian artifacts to look at but the way they were set up and displayed was boring. Everything was not labeled so you knew what it was. Loved this place 20 years ago but disappointed in it today. No cafe vending machines and a lot of emptiness on that floor. Most of... More 

1 Thank Scarlettered
Columbus, Ohio
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56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We attended "All Hallow's Eve" at the Ohio Village this weekend. It has been several years since our last visit and things have changed- not for the better. This is a 3.5 hour event...we spent 1 hour and 20 minutes waiting in line just to get in the door! Of course if you wanted to purchase a membership you got... More 

Thank shellbell616
Alexandria Bay, New York
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175 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Make sure you have time to see all of the displays in this museum! There is lots of interesting things to see and since we were studying Ohio history this was the perfect place to see it. Lots of stuff on farming, civil war, transportation, and modern times. The displays are outstanding and well thought out. There is also a... More 

Thank Shawn H
Hurricane, West Virginia, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

My first time attending this. It was quite nice with a lot of vendors. Only problem the tents the vendors used to display their items were so small and it was so crowded you had trouble getting to look at what they had to sell. Also, there were a lot of people pulling small wagons and shopping carts (2 wheelers)... More 

Thank 555LouiseB62555
Detroit, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We attended the Country Living Magazine, Country Living Fair at the Ohio Village. The event was a lot of fun despite the heat and intermittent rain. Food was also excellent - I suggest the grass-fed hamburgers, homemade ice cream, and the delicious ice tea from the Piper and Leaf Tea Co. Like many of these antique/craft fairs, some of the... More 

Thank MissMichigan12345
Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 September 2016

They have an actual Lustron house set up inside here! It is really unique - totally made of medal inside and out. Everything is built in and yes, you can touch/play with everything in the house. It is fun to see the rest of the museum as well. They have a village where volunteers are in period dress to give... More 

Thank 804kathiev
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This place is a great place to start your study of Ohio History. They have it all. Very kid friendly as well. Something for all ages.

Thank Donald M
Niles, Michigan
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a great place to spend an afternoon. There's something for everyone. The center includes sections on natural history - plants and animals of Ohio, geology - the best displays I've seen explaining why the northwest is flat but the south east is hilly.

Thank Doug H
Baltimore, Ohio
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69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

I haven't been to OHC for years and years. I had the chance to stop in for a few hours recently and I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. That being said, I don't see myself going back again anytime soon, necessarily, because the exhibits don't change often. But what they offered this time around was fantastic... More 

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