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Ohio Historical Center

800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
614-297-2300
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Ranked #13 of 70 attractions in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Middle Village, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 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.

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Columbus, Ohio
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 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... More

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Columbus, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is a nice comprehesive walkthrough of Ohio history. We bought membership for this year and this place combined with the historical places in Ohio make membership well worth it. There is a nice natural history section, a technology section, a section about the Native Americans and other changable displays, all of which are interesting. Ohio Village is particularly good... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My husband and I went for our 2 year wedding anniversary we had a good time and saved with my AAA card.

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Columbus, Ohio
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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Nice mix of permanent displays (natural, native American, pioneer, geologic) with interesting temporary attractions. Recent display of politically incorrect, racist and sexist items was fascinating. Current Lustron house installation is hands-on with clothing, toys and items from the 50's. Nice for children who need to explore to understand. Upstairs houses an extensive library that my husband is using to document... More

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Columbus, OH
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12 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I performed at an event that was held here. I truly hadn't been in the place for years. It is still a very cool place with lots of things to see and do. I'm not sure how much there is for smaller kids to do.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I spend a lot of time here doing research on my ancestors. The staff courteous is very helpful. The research library is very well stocked with different books on the various Ohio counties. Newspapers that were printed in Ohio are also available to look at.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I've been going to OHC for many years now, taking trips with nieces/nephews, husband and family and I absolutely love it. I am so incredibly proud to be an Ohio native, and I love learning about this wonderful state. During my free time, I also love going to the archives/library to do some family history (genealogy) research. It is free... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Our family was pleasantly surprised by the diversity and all ages were entertained by the vast selections of displays. We had no idea this gem of a place was tucked away right in Columbus all this time. Definitely the highlight of the day for us and we plan on revisiting and bringing other friends along for the journey next time.

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Columbus, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I've driven by this place twice a day for almost 20 years, and finally stopped when family was in town. What a wonderful experience! The tour of the Ohio Village was fantastic! The staff dressed in period clothes gave a wonderful tour. The Historical Center had more than we imagined. So much history of Ohio, and the items from the... More

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