This is a list of museums in Columbus, Ohio and non-profit and university art galleries.
The city's first museum was the Walcutt Museum, opened July 1851. At its opening, the museum had about six wax figures and a few paintings. It grew to have about 20 wax figures, several hundred animal specimens, and about 100 quality oil paintings.
|Beeler Gallery||Downtown||Contemporary art||Main gallery of the Columbus College of Art and Design|
|Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum||Ohio State University campus||Art||Collects cartoons, comic strips and graphic novels, including the collections of the National Cartoon Museum|
|Central Ohio Fire Museum||Downtown||Firefighting||Located in the restored 1908 Engine House No. 16|
|Columbus Historical Society||Franklinton||History and art||Displays historical artifacts and local art Expected to move to Engine House No. 6 in the near future.|
|Columbus Museum of Art||Downtown||Art||Displays European and American art and photography|
|COSI||Franklinton||Science, children's||Displays about 300 interactive exhibits|
|Hale Black Cultural Center||Ohio State University campus||African American culture and art||Features a large collection of Black art Indefinitely closed.|
|Historic Costume & Textile Collection||Ohio State University campus||Textile||Exhibits permanent and changing exhibits in the Snowden Galleries|
|Jack Nicklaus Museum||Ohio State University campus||Biographical||Museum about the life of golfer Jack Nicklaus|
|Kelton House Museum and Garden||Downtown||Historic house||Showcases Victorian life and the history of the Underground Railroad|
|Museum of Biological Diversity||Ohio State University campus||Natural history||Teaching collection, including insects, crustacea, fishes, molluscs, animal and plant specimens|
|Museum of Classical Archaeology||Ohio State University campus||Archaeology||Includes prehistoric pottery from Cyprus, pottery from all periods, iron tools and weapons, examples of ancient writing, religious objects|
|Museum of Catholic Art and History||Downtown||Religious||Displays Roman Catholic art and religious artifacts. Formerly known as the Jubilee Museum.|
|National Veterans Memorial and Museum||Franklinton||Veterans, military history||Replaced the Franklin County Veterans Memorial|
|Ohio Craft Museum||Fifth by Northwest||Crafts||Operated by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, showcases fine crafts|
|Ohio History Center||Ohio State Fairgrounds||History||Exhibits the history of Ohio, operated by the Ohio History Connection|
|Ohio Judicial Center Visitor Education Center||Downtown||Legal||Exhibits the history, role and responsibility of the Ohio court system|
|Ohio Statehouse||Downtown||History||Includes the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center, with exhibits about the Statehouse, Columbus history, and the state government process|
|Ohio Village||Ohio State Fairgrounds||Living history||Mid-19th century village, operated by the Ohio History Connection|
|Orton Geological Museum||Ohio State University campus||Geology||Located in Orton Hall. Includes rocks, minerals and fossils from Ohio and around the world|
|Pizzuti Collection||The Short North||Contemporary art||Temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from the collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti|
|Riffe Gallery||Downtown||Art||Showcases Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries, located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts|
|Thompson Library Gallery||Ohio State University campus||Literary||Exhibits the Ohio State University Libraries' special collections|
|Thurber House||Downtown||Biographical, literary||Museum home of author James Thurber and literary center|
|Wexner Center for the Arts||Ohio State University campus||Art||Contemporary performing and visual arts center|
|Eddie Rickenbacker and Driving Park museum||Driving Park||Biographical, historical||To be located in the Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker House|
|Ohio Air & Space Hall of Fame and Museum||East Columbus||Aviation||Planned to open in late 2021, in the Old Port Columbus Terminal|
|Poindexter Village Museum and Cultural Center||King-Lincoln Bronzeville||African American history and culture|
|Heritage Museum||Downtown||History||History of Kappa Kappa Gamma, located in the Victorian Snowden-Gray House, now an event space|
|Santa Maria Ship & Museum||Downtown||Museum ship||Replica of Christopher Columbus's Santa María , taken apart, indefinitely pending refurbishment|
Columbus is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Ohio. With a population of 905,748 for the 2020 census, it is the 14th-most populous city in the U.S., the second-most populous city in the Midwest after Chicago, and the third-most populous state capital. Columbus is the county seat of Franklin County; it also extends into Delaware and Fairfield counties. It is the core city of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses ten counties. The metropolitan area has a 2020 population of 2,138,926, making it the largest entirely in Ohio.
Thomas Cole was an English painter known for his landscape and history paintings. He is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century. Cole's work is known for its romantic portrayal of the American wilderness.
The Wexner Center for the Arts is the Ohio State University's "multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art". The Wexner Center opened in November 1989, named in honor of the father of Limited Brands founder Leslie Wexner, who was a major donor to the center.
The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is an art museum in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Formed in 1878 as the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, it was the first art museum to register its charter with the state of Ohio. The museum collects and exhibits American and European modern and contemporary art, folk art, glass art, and photography. The museum has been led by Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes since 2003.
George Wesley Bellows was an American realist painter, known for his bold depictions of urban life in New York City. He became, according to the Columbus Museum of Art, "the most acclaimed American artist of his generation".
COSI, officially the Center of Science and Industry, is a science museum and research center in Columbus, Ohio. Originally opened in 1964, COSI was moved to a 320,000-square-foot (30,000 m2) facility designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki along a bend in the Scioto River in the Franklinton neighborhood in 1999. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout themed exhibition areas.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden and conservatory located in Columbus, Ohio. It is open daily and an admission fee is charged. Today, it is a horticultural and educational institution showcasing exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and Dale Chihuly artworks.
Robert Natkin was an American born abstract painter whose work is associated with abstract expressionism, color field painting, and Lyrical Abstraction.
The Center for Brooklyn History is a museum, library, and educational center founded in 1863 that preserves and encourages the study of Brooklyn's 400-year history. The center's Romanesque Revival building, located at Pierrepont and Clinton Streets in Brooklyn Heights, was designed by George B. Post and built in 1878-81, is a National Historic Landmark and part of New York City's Brooklyn Heights Historic District. The CBH houses materials relating to the history of Brooklyn and its people, and hosts exhibitions which draw over 9,000 members a year. In addition to general programming, the CBH serves over 70,000 public school students and teachers annually by providing exhibit tours, educational programs and curricula, and making its professional staff available for instruction and consultation.
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is a research library of American cartoons and comic art affiliated with the Ohio State University library system in Columbus, Ohio. Formerly known as the Cartoon Research Library and the Cartoon Library & Museum, it holds the world's largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting and displaying original and printed comic strips, editorial cartoons, and cartoon art. The museum is named after the Ohio cartoonist Billy Ireland.
Queena Stovall was an American folk artist. Sometimes called "The Grandma Moses of Virginia," she is famous for depicting everyday events in the lives of both white and black families in rural settings.
The culture of Columbus, Ohio, is particularly known for museums, performing arts, sporting events, seasonal fairs and festivals, and architecture of various styles from Greek Revival to modern architecture.
Mary Jo Bole, is a sculptor, printmaker, and artist-bookmaker who lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. Bole is a widely exhibited artist who has shown her works in the United States and Europe. She was a professor of art at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Benny Alba in Columbus, Ohio, is an artist who lives in Oakland, California.
Broad Street is a major thoroughfare in Central Ohio, predominantly in Franklin County and Columbus. It stretches east from West Jefferson at Little Darby Creek to Pataskala. The street is considered one of Columbus's two main roads, along with High Street.
High Street is a major thoroughfare in Central Ohio, predominantly in Franklin County and Columbus. It stretches from the northern border of Columbus in Delaware County south to the southern boundary of Franklin County just past Columbus's municipal boundaries. The street is considered one of Columbus's two main roads, along with Broad Street.
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