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“Great museum, but hampered by poor field trip policies.”

Ohio History Center
Ranked #28 of 147 things to do in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Charlottesville, Virginia
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great museum, but hampered by poor field trip policies.”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This was a very nice museum. Lots of great exhibits on all aspects of Ohio history. However, we arrived to be greeted by 12-15 bus loads of school children. This is usually not a problem at the places we've visited in PA and VA, but here it was like a giant indoor bouncy house. Every time we got close to a exhibit my wife in a wheelchair was pushed and knocked by a child. 90% of the time the chaperones/teachers were nowhere to be found. The museum closed the biggest draw for us, the 1950's house, for the school group we checked back 6-7 times in a hour period and they would never let us in. After about 1.5 hours of getting swamped by out of control and unsupervised kids, we left. $20 down the drain, missed at least half the museum. Asked a staffer, if something could be done. They said they would check, but never came back.

Overall, I'm sure it's a great place to visit. But, with a huge school group, just avoid it.

Visited May 2014
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O'Fallon, Missouri
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting history site”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

We were so happy to find this center while in Columbus.
Especially enjoyed learning of Ohio's history.
Be sure to visit it when you're in Columbus!

Visited May 2014
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Thank Sandra S
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Hilliard
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Every Ohioan should see this!”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

A well documented history of Ohio. See the Lustron home exhibit. These homes were made in Ohio in the late 1940s and were built all over the country. This one was rescued from a military base and brought to the museum. Fully furnished in 1940 furnishings. A delight to see. Free admission for teachers.

Visited January 2014
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Middle Village, New York
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Interesting look at history”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

It was good to see how the state came to be and the people and things it was famous for, such as Annie Oakley.

Visited April 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A must see in Columbus”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

Another unique place since my childhood, many years ago!
In its present incarnation, it is located at the edge of the State Fairgrounds, The permanent displays are excellent, Mastadons, Mammoths, many displays of animals and minerals indigenous to Ohio, Military collections, machinery, pioneer Ohio elements, and an attached Ohio Village, recreated 1860ish Ohio settlement. Weddings are sometimes held in the Church on the village green.

Visited February 2014
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