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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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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
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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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Great place to learn about Ohio's history and see the nostalgic things

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Loves Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited last year during Columbus trip. Museum had many things unique and interesting. Loved walking through time in living history village. Enactors stayed in character and interacted freely with visitors.

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Lenore, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is so neat and the village is so friggin cool, absolutely a good way to spend the day (cheaply) with the kids.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little museum and you can also go outside and into buildings of the 1890's Ohio Village. We also really liked exploring the Lustron home inside the museum.My kids liked the museum so much we purchased a membership.

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Columbus, Ohio
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok so it's not really hidden, it's easy to find, but it seems not many people frequent this museum. I have lived in Columbus for over 15 years and just visited last month for the first time. Not sure what I'd been waiting for. The family really enjoyed it. There's enough to do to keep you occupied for an entire... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Good food with more than 250 friends in an early evening cocktails/mixer to promote the Ohio History Connection. Speaker talked about Ohio and its role in preservation of valuable artifacts both old and new. Info also on Ohio's updated former Presidents' libraries and museums. Lustron homes, briefly created in post-war Ohio(1945-49), one of which was on display was shown. Many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Took 3 girls aged 2nd-6th grade - they loved it because it connects to their learning at school. They were so proud they recognized the inventions in the museum and at the Ohio Village. The girls loved the 1950's house - plenty of nostalgia for those of us who remember ash trays, black phones, lawn horse shoes and wooden potty... More 

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