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Ohio History Center

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Address: 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211-2497
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+1 614-297-2300
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Our history museum

This attraction is the place where we go with all visitors and just ourselves all year long. Our local grandsons have been raised here, from the children's area to all exhibits... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction is the place where we go with all visitors and just ourselves all year long. Our local grandsons have been raised here, from the children's area to all exhibits that change and increase with every year. All aspects of Ohio history are covered, and many eras. Part of the complex is another attraction, Ohio Village.

Thank shirleyalice
Columbus, Ohio
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The evolution of our city-state and country unfolds and grabs you as you walk through the rooms. We enjoy the village and have attended a murder mystery diner there.

Thank rblackburn85
Columbus, Ohio
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61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The Ohio History Center has undergone a number of changes over the past 30 years, some good, some not so good. One thing remains the same, it is a great place to spend a couple of hours learning and re-learning some of Ohio's amazing history. From the natural history gallery to the "White Castle exhibit on the second floor and... More 

Thank Johnnyrat1
Columbus, Ohio
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

The building is beautiful, the village is great, and I especially loved the gift shop. Such an assortment of historical items and placed so that it is easy to navigate. A must.

Thank Teresa C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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153 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

This is a very nice museum. They have changing exhibits so some things may be a bit different when you go. We say a 1950's prefab house that was a very interesting.look at the post WWII era. The house is completely made of enameled steel and has some interesting features like a dishwasher that doubles as a cloths washer. There... More 

Thank Nyrken
Westerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is at the Ohio Village next to the museum. We have taken the grandchildren for the last three years. They love all the old houses to visit and hear strange tales or see the kinds of things that were the norm in the 1890's. The parents and grandparents also enjoy it. I must say it's too bad it only... More 

Thank Patty R
San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Be aware that the outdoor area is closed seasonally, which I think takes a lot off the table. I enjoyed the history portion, particularly the special exhibit on Civil War Ohio regiments. Also the current 50's exhibit is a lot of fun.

Thank Haleca
Willoughby, Ohio
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Many time periods of Ohio history can be explored here. If you were looking for something in particular, you could spend much more time here.

Thank Sandra T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

I was attending a wedding and had a few hours free. My parents and I visited and we all enjoyed the experience. The staff members we encountered were friendly and helpful. There is something for everyone from quilts, to topography and even a huge mastodon!! I was impressed by the collection and they places in the museum that encouraged hands... More 

Thank JMart22
Castleford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This museum seemed empty. Wide open spaces. Loads of indian artifacts to look at but the way they were set up and displayed was boring. Everything was not labeled so you knew what it was. Loved this place 20 years ago but disappointed in it today. No cafe vending machines and a lot of emptiness on that floor. Most of... More 

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