Ohio Historical Society

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800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus Directions
+16142972300
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Report | 13 days ago
Nice museum. It would have been nice of some of the displays actually told you what there were and where they came from. Many of them did not.
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Report | 12 days ago
Always a good value. especially for kids.
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I hadn't been to the Ohio History Museum for more than 20 years. We arrived about 2:00 and spent three hours in the museum. I hope to return and tour the village.
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Report | 13 days ago
Real nostalgia trip taking my young children to the place that was my all-time favorite field trip venue some forty years ago when I was their age.. Disappointed the Col Crawford Restaurant is no longer open. Would love to come for Xmas activities there but just expensive for our little family of four. I wish the Village could be expanded to include overnight opportunities, either for families or group/scout trips. How fun to be able to dress the part and actually become part of the time travel, rather than just viewing it. Thank you to all the volunteers and employees who keep the place going. Very nice added touch to have the hotdog cart vendor in the park during the Base Ball games.
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We really enjoyed our visit and will be sure to go back again.
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Very interesting and educational.
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Very nice place. Lots to see. Loved the village. Hadn't been to museum in over 30 years so village was new for us!
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Although the Ohio Historical Museum was interesting and was a good reflection of Ohio history, I'll have to say the place could use some attention. I went into a bathroom that was filthy...so gross. The displays behind cases were visibly dusty, dirty and in some cases, in poor condition. I'm thinking mostly of the "stuffed" animals in the various habitat displays.
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As homeschoolers, my children and I always enjoy visiting the OH History Society as a supplement to our history curriculum!
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It was one of the best places I have ever taken my kids. We all LOVED it!
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The headquarters of the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Center abounds with exhibits and activities that showcase the state's diverse social, natural, and archeological history. Built in 1970, the museum's towering Brutalist edifice is a piece of history itself, lauded as "bold" and "imaginative” by the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a 15,000-square-foot gallery explores pivotal moments in the Buckeye State’s past, examining everything from Ohio’s role in the Civil War to Boomer Esiason’s stint as Secretary of State. A natural-history exhibit regales guests with interactive displays of animals, plants, and geography. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the center hosts an ever-changing selection of featured exhibits and special events.

Outside the museum sits Ohio Village, a re-creation of a Civil War–era town. Costumed villagers bustle about the square, performing chores and activities of the era, such as churning butter and checking wooden PalmPilots. The town's 15 buildings showcase the height of 19th-century architecture and include a Gothic-revival church, a large town hall, and an open market. The village is also the home of the renowned Ohio Village Muffins, who regularly compete in games of baseball played by 19th-century rules.

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