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Ohio History Center

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Address: 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211-2497
Phone Number: 614-297-2300
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Travel back in time

I have known this museum since I was a child growing up in Columbus and it was located at 15th & High on the OSU campus. It has grown and updated as time progressed and remains a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Bowling Green, Ohio
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Grove City, Ohio
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you've never been, this is a decent enough museum. A lot of Ohio history. It is kid friendly so if you're not into that, you'll probably be slightly annoyed. Lots of kids running around, touching and moving items. Some items are meant to be but some are not. Not much staff so don't expect them to step in to... More 

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have known this museum since I was a child growing up in Columbus and it was located at 15th & High on the OSU campus. It has grown and updated as time progressed and remains a world class museum that would please everyone in the family. Next to the main museum is Ohio Village, a recreated historic village with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really great place to spend during the hott months and even a rainy day. Alot to learn and alot to take in. The prices to get in are fair and they also participate in the Blue ribbon program (veterans and current military get free access from Memorial Day to Labor Day).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went in not expecting very much and was definitely surprised. The exhibits were high quality, interesting, and very interactive (if maybe a little understaffed and out of date). While not huge (1 floor+village), it was bigger than I'd expected and kept us interested a few hours. We especially enjoyed the 1950s house (a model house which was very filled... More 

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New York
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been going here for years, but I think it's much improved. The indoor museum has a great display of a 50's home - my era. Everything in it is so nostalgic. Of course, there are other displays as well. Walk outside and visit an old town setting. We saw a baseball game in action last time we were there -... More 

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Franklinville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Plan to spend two or three hours at this museum. Covers ohio history from the dinosaur Era to modern days. The galleries displays are especially entertaining, as they believe in showing not storing their collection. Recommended for all ages.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed this on a Saturday afternoon and felt it was not crowded at all. The staff were so kind and knowledgeable, the displays were interactive and well put together. It gave me a new appreciation for Ohio's history and some of our local businesses that were important to the economic growth of Ohio. We ended up upgrading to a... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wander through a one of a kind 1950s Lustron enameled steel home with all the latest appliances. Even a dishwasher that doubles as a washer and dryer. Can't beat that!! Let children play in an 1850s setting - churn butter, sleep on a rope bed and bring home the grub.

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Mansfield, Ohio
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The museum offers a wide variety of exhibits from fossils and taxidermy displays of native animals, from ancient peoples to settlers, civil war regiments, and mid-century culture, a 1890s town and many more. There's something for everyone. It is absolutely worth the $10 cost of admission.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

This museum is packed full of fascinating exhibits that you really need to learn about. I'm not from Ohio, but this place was pretty awesome! It was also pretty cool that there's a Poke Gym on the second floor (#teammystic), so make sure the kids come too! The Ohio Village was equally as amazing to walk through and talk to... More 

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