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[edit]

Name Neighborhood Type Summary Image
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Ohio State University campus Art Cartoons, comic strips and graphic novels, includes the collections of the National Cartoon Museum Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.jpg
Central Ohio Fire Museum Downtown Firefighting Located in restored 1908 Station No. 16[2] Engine House No. 16, Central Ohio Fire Museum.jpg
Beeler Gallery Downtown Contemporary art Main gallery of the Columbus College of Art and Design[3] Beeler Gallery and Canzani Center.jpg
Columbus Historical Society Franklinton History and art Displays historical artifacts and local art[4][5] Columbus Historical Society.jpg
Columbus Museum of Art Downtown Art European and American art and photography Columbus Museum of Art 06.jpg
COSI Franklinton Science, children's About 300 interactive exhibits COSI in Columbus 01a.jpg
Hale Black Cultural Center Ohio State University campus African American Features large collection of Black art[6] Front view of the Old Ohio Union, now known as Hale Hall at Ohio State.jpg
Historic Costume & Textile Collection Ohio State University campus Textile Permanent and changing exhibits in the Snowden Galleries[7] Campbell Hall.JPG
Jack Nicklaus Museum Ohio State University campus Biographical Golf legend Jack Nicklaus
Kelton House Museum and Garden Downtown Historic house Victorian life, stop on the Underground Railroad Kelton House, Columbus, Ohio.jpg
Museum of Biological Diversity Ohio State University campus Natural history Teaching collection, open for events, includes insects, crustacea, fishes, molluscs, animal and plant specimens[8]
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[9] Dulles Hall.jpg
National Veterans Memorial and Museum Franklinton Veterans, miliary history Opened in 2018, replacing the Franklin County Veterans Memorial Downtown Columbus, OH.jpg
Ohio Craft Museum Fifth by Northwest Crafts Operated by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, fine craft[10]
Ohio History Center Fairgrounds History History of Ohio, operated by the Ohio History Connection Ohio History Center 2018 004.jpg
Ohio Judicial Center Visitor Education Center Downtown Legal Exhibits about the history, role and responsibility of the Ohio court system[11] Ohio Judicial Center 01.jpg
Ohio Statehouse Downtown History Includes the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center, exhibits about the Statehouse, Columbus history, and the state government process Ohio Statehouse 04a.jpg
Ohio Village Fairgrounds Living history Mid-19th century village, operated by the Ohio History Connection Ohio village fall 2006.jpg
Orton Geological Museum Ohio State University campus Geology Located in Orton Hall, includes rocks, minerals and fossils from Ohio and around the world[12] OrtonHall.JPG
Pizzuti Collection The Short North Contemporary art Temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from the collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti[13] Pizzuti Collection.jpg
Riffe Gallery Downtown Art Operated by the Ohio Arts Council, work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries, located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts[14] Vern Riffe 03.jpg
Thompson Library Gallery Ohio State University campus Literary Exhibits from the Ohio State University Libraries' special collections The Ohio State University December 2013 21 (Thompson Library).jpg
Thurber House Downtown Biographical, literary Museum home of author James Thurber and literary center James Thurber House.jpg
Wexner Center for the Arts University District Art Contemporary performing and visual arts center Wexner Center for the Arts S.jpg

Planned museums[edit]

Name Neighborhood Type Summary Image
Ohio Air & Space Hall of Fame and Museum N/A Aviation Planned to open late 2021[15] Old Port Columbus Airport Control Tower and Terminal, Columbus, OH, US (06).jpg

Former museums[edit]

Name Neighborhood Type Summary Image
Jubilee Museum Franklinton Religious Displayed Roman Catholic art and religious artifacts; museum is indefinitely closed[16] Columbus, Ohio JJ 38-crop.jpg
Heritage Museum Downtown History History of Kappa Kappa Gamma, located in the Victorian Snowden-Gray House, now an event space[17] 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Centennial History of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. pp. 68–9.
  2. ^ "Official site". Central Ohio Fire Museum. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Official site". Beeler Gallery. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
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  6. ^ "Hale Black Cultural Center". Ohio State University. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Historic Costume & Textile Collections". Ohio State University. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Museum of Biological Diversity". Ohio State Iniversity. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Museum of Classical Archaeology". Ohio State Iniversity. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Official site". Ohio Craft Museum. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Ohio Judicial Center Visitor Education Center". Supreme Court of Ohio. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Orton Geological Museum". Ohio State Iniversity. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Official site". Pizzuti Collection. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Riffe Gallery". Ohio Arts Council. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
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  16. ^ "Official site". Jubilee Museum. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Heritage Museum". Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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