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Address: 586 E.Town St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-464-2022
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Experience urban life and the decorative arts, as they existed in the...

Experience urban life and the decorative arts, as they existed in the second half of the 19th century, through the collection of the Sophia and Fernando Cortez Kelton family.

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Great old home restored as best as it can to originality

We visited the Kelton House and took the tour. It is an self guided audio tour that uses little personal devices that you push a button on for the information to play. One tip I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Kelton House and took the tour. It is an self guided audio tour that uses little personal devices that you push a button on for the information to play. One tip I would recommend is that you take ear buds. As I am hard of hearing I had to keep the device at my ear the entire... More 

Thank LJ K
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

During a trip to Columbus, my husband and I visited this private home turned museum. It was well preserved and the self guided audio tour was very well done.

Thank Lynnevs
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Lived here all our lives and didn't know about this hidden gem. Glad we went on a Sunday so we were able to go on a tour led by a docent. He made history come alive and was very interactive with the group. Designated free parking is on a Franklin street but they had a nice sign directing you to... More 

Thank Katydid_Katydont
Columbus, Ohio
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The gardens need to be better maintained. A beautiful old home in a residential area with lots of apartments. This place has a lot of potential if it was better maintained.

Thank justanotherman60
Centreville, Virginia
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375 reviews
202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is worth a stop if you are in downtown Columbus. The house is architecturally interesting and the docents are very knowledgeable. Especially interesting is the history of the family's involvement with the abolitionist movement. The basement has excellent information on the Underground Railroad. They decorate for the holidays with traditional Victorian decorations, which are also interesting.

Thank RYC88
Elkins, West Virginia
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65 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Much insight into late 19th century society can be gained through a tour of Kelton House. Wherever I visit, I make a point of touring historic house museums. So, what made this house museum interesting was that it was set up for a hot Columbus summer. Two of the bedrooms had netting hanging over the beds to keep the mosquitos... More 

Thank Richard E
Maumee, Ohio, United States
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We visited the Kelton House for a wedding and the grounds were amazing. As you can see in the pictures the gardens are very nice and the perfect back drop for a wedding. We did not get a chance to visit the inside of the house. Also the parking is a little awkward to find.

Thank SilverFox81
Vicenza, Italy
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The tour of the house is extremely interesting and informative. The audio tour gives a great deal of information regarding the Kelton family and the historical and social background of the time. We learned a great deal through this audio tour. This was the first time for us to go to an Underground Railroad museum, so it was a very... More 

2 Thank Glynn G
Columbus, Ohio
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I am a history buff and loved this museum for the historical facts of the Underground Railroad. The docents are very helpful and I enjoy the costumes that were worn of the time period as well as the reenactments.

1 Thank VeeLou510
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I was really excited to check this place out. As an amateur 19th century history nerd, I was very impressed. The house as a wide variety of interesting art, and the architecture is wonderful. They had a lovely selection of hair work! The tour guide was dressed in period garb. It included a lot of history about Columbus, so I... More 

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