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Ohio History Center

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Address: 800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone Number: 614-297-2300
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The history of Ohio from the Ice Age to the present is chronicled inside...
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.
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Really cool place.

The main building houses a lot of nice old items and has many learning opportunities. However the really cool part is the village where there are historical reproduction buildings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The main building houses a lot of nice old items and has many learning opportunities. However the really cool part is the village where there are historical reproduction buildings and an excellent group of people who work there and are in character for the era.

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Saint Louis
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I thought this was going to be great when I read the reviews. It was good and probably great for children. There were a lot there. But I found nothing different there. It was a me too museum. It had lots of activities and if you lived here I would probably join for that. But the outdoors part was closed... More 

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Lima, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My family and I happened upon this museum by chance while looking for a short getway over Easter weekend with the kids. We have never heard of the museum but saw good reviews here on trip advisor. We purchased a family memebership for around 50 dollars which comes with some great perks such as bogo zoo tickets and admission to... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The price of the ticket to see the museum was very fair. Great for kids to see. As an adult I liked it as well. When you see the flags soldiers carried into battle during the Civil War right in front of you - you have to appreciate that. And the expo of this crazy housing trend that failed was... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I liked the building itself as well as the displays and it is small enough to get a good look at everything. I've been here before to use the very large Ohio geneaology research library upstairs. Very friendly and cooperative staff. Just be aware they are not open on Monday and Tuesday. I made that mistake with a four year... More 

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COLUMBUS
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It is also known as the Ohio historical society. This is a wonderful place to spend a day with the family, or by yourself. If its raining, cold, hot or a nice day it is a great place to spend your day. One of the most interesting is the native American exhibit which gives you an overview of how the... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Such a wonderful learning experience. Our kids had a blast in the village, and in the museum. Very hands on and creative

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Columbus, OH
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is something for everybody at this museum whether young of old. I took my kids there many times and now they take their kids and every one enjoys it. In December, there is the added bonus of the Old Fashioned village being opened to the public, which my kids wanted to go to every year.

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Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had a great time visiting this museum and checking out the different exhibits. Our favorite section was the 1950s era Lustron house that you could walk through and see what life must have been like back then. There was even a "homeowner" there acting and showing us around his house. There are a variety of kid friendly activities to... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

A great place to visit when you have nothing else to do. It has such a variety of exhibits, something for ages 4-84! The historical village out back is nice during the nice weather, or even on a hot day. Nice to sit under the trees and enjoy the peacefulness!

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