List of museums in Columbus, Ohio

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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. [1]

Museums in operation

Beeler Gallery Downtown Contemporary artMain gallery of the Columbus College of Art and Design [2] Beeler Gallery and Canzani Center.jpg
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Ohio State University campusArtCollects cartoons, comic strips and graphic novels, including the collections of the National Cartoon Museum Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.jpg
Central Ohio Fire Museum DowntownFirefightingLocated in the restored 1908 Engine House No. 16 [3] Engine House No. 16, Central Ohio Fire Museum.jpg
Columbus Historical Society Franklinton History and artDisplays historical artifacts and local art [4] [5] Expected to move to Engine House No. 6 in the near future. Columbus Historical Society.jpg
Columbus Museum of Art DowntownArtDisplays European and American art and photography Columbus Museum of Art 06.jpg
COSI FranklintonScience, children'sDisplays about 300 interactive exhibits COSI in Columbus 01a.jpg
Hale Black Cultural Center Ohio State University campusAfrican American culture and artFeatures a large collection of Black art [6] Indefinitely closed. Front view of the Old Ohio Union, now known as Hale Hall at Ohio State.jpg
Historic Costume & Textile CollectionOhio State University campusTextileExhibits permanent and changing exhibits in the Snowden Galleries [7] Campbell Hall.JPG
Jack Nicklaus Museum Ohio State University campusBiographicalMuseum 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 Kelton House, Columbus, Ohio.jpg
Museum of Biological DiversityOhio State University campusNatural historyTeaching collection, including insects, crustacea, fishes, molluscs, animal and plant specimens [8]
Museum of Classical ArchaeologyOhio State University campusArchaeologyIncludes prehistoric pottery from Cyprus, pottery from all periods, iron tools and weapons, examples of ancient writing, religious objects [9] Dulles Hall.jpg
Museum of Catholic Art and History DowntownReligiousDisplays Roman Catholic art and religious artifacts. Formerly known as the Jubilee Museum. [10] Columbus, Ohio JJ 74.jpg
National Veterans Memorial and Museum FranklintonVeterans, military historyReplaced the Franklin County Veterans Memorial Downtown Columbus, OH.jpg
Ohio Craft Museum Fifth by Northwest Crafts Operated by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, showcases fine crafts [11] Ohio Craft Museum.jpg
Ohio History Center Ohio State Fairgrounds HistoryExhibits the history of Ohio, operated by the Ohio History Connection Ohio History Center 2018 004.jpg
Ohio Judicial Center Visitor Education CenterDowntownLegalExhibits the history, role and responsibility of the Ohio court system [12] Ohio Judicial Center 01.jpg
Ohio Statehouse DowntownHistoryIncludes the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center, with exhibits about the Statehouse, Columbus history, and the state government process Ohio Statehouse 04a.jpg
Ohio Village Ohio State Fairgrounds Living history Mid-19th century village, operated by the Ohio History Connection Ohio village fall 2006.jpg
Orton Geological Museum Ohio State University campusGeologyLocated in Orton Hall. Includes rocks, minerals and fossils from Ohio and around the world [13] OrtonHall.JPG
Pizzuti Collection The Short North Contemporary artTemporary exhibitions of contemporary art from the collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti [14] Pizzuti Collection.jpg
Riffe GalleryDowntownArtShowcases Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries, located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts [15] Vern Riffe 03.jpg
Thompson Library GalleryOhio State University campusLiteraryExhibits the Ohio State University Libraries' special collections The Ohio State University December 2013 21 (Thompson Library).jpg
Thurber House DowntownBiographical, literaryMuseum home of author James Thurber and literary center James Thurber House.jpg
Wexner Center for the Arts Ohio State University campusArtContemporary performing and visual arts center Wexner Center for the Arts S.jpg

Planned museums

Eddie Rickenbacker and Driving Park museum Driving Park Biographical, historicalTo be located in the Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker House [16] Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker House 02.jpg
Ohio Air & Space Hall of Fame and Museum East Columbus Aviation Planned to open in late 2021, in the Old Port Columbus Terminal [17] Old Port Columbus Airport Control Tower and Terminal, Columbus, OH, US (06).jpg
Poindexter Village Museum and Cultural Center King-Lincoln Bronzeville African American history and culture Poindexter Village.jpg

Former museums

Heritage Museum DowntownHistoryHistory of Kappa Kappa Gamma, located in the Victorian Snowden-Gray House, now an event space [18] 530 East Town Street.jpg
Santa Maria Ship & Museum Downtown Museum ship Replica of Christopher Columbus's Santa María , taken apart, indefinitely pending refurbishment Santa Maria - 2772222245.jpg

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