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Ohio Historical Center

800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
614-297-2300
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Ranked #14 of 74 attractions in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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westerville
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Took grandkids to center and surprised to find they had story book characters in the outside village. Granddaughter met rapunzel and princess and the frog, which made her day. Grandson loved mastadon on inside and ohio history. Place is great for kids and adults. The volunteers are wonderful and informative. Civil war reenactment coming up soon.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This was a very nice museum. Lots of great exhibits on all aspects of Ohio history. However, we arrived to be greeted by 12-15 bus loads of school children. This is usually not a problem at the places we've visited in PA and VA, but here it was like a giant indoor bouncy house. Every time we got close to... More

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We were so happy to find this center while in Columbus. Especially enjoyed learning of Ohio's history. Be sure to visit it when you're in Columbus!

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Hilliard
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

A well documented history of Ohio. See the Lustron home exhibit. These homes were made in Ohio in the late 1940s and were built all over the country. This one was rescued from a military base and brought to the museum. Fully furnished in 1940 furnishings. A delight to see. Free admission for teachers.

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Middle Village, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
18 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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