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Ohio Historical Center

800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
614-297-2300
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Ranked #17 of 76 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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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Beautiful museum a wonderful place to explore and teach children. The research library is extensive providing major docs and resources to examine history & do genealogical studies. Staff were helpful and patient.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

So much to see and look at. I'm a huge history buff, and for those others out there that love history, check it out! You won't regret it!

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The family and i visited this while in Columbus for a soccer game and really enjoyed the exhibits.We love the 1950's history area...we wish we could have seen the village but ran out of time....looking forward to going back

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Richmond, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This museum has an indoor and an outdoor section. The indoor portion has classic cars, a fire engine, Willy jeep, and more. The BEST PART was an entire house from the 1950's, all under one roof! You can look through all the closets and drawers, and touch anything in the house and back yard. It's like being in a time... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nice wide-ranging collection. There is a village located here where volunteers behave and speak in the period (19th century). The main thing going on the day we were there was a softball game where everyone dressed the period and there were no gloves. Museum is eclectic. Everything from pre-historic relics to sixties vehicles and even a house. A few hours... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I spent an afternoon with my friend and her daughter on a Girls' Day Out. I enjoyed the exhibits, especially the 1950's Lustron home. The exhibits on Ohio's prehistoric history and wildlife were also good. I think it took us two hours or so to go through all the exhibits inside the building; the weather was poor so we did... More

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The wife is a history buff and we have taken out of town friends here several times. Great outdoor events in the summer. A must see if you live near C'Bus.

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westerville
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10 helpful votes 10 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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