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Kelton House Museum & Garden

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Address: 586 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215-4802
Phone Number: 614-464-2022
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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A memorable visit and history lesson.

Experiential Tourism at its best. The gardens are beautiful and make sure to visit the basement for a shocking story.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Experiential Tourism at its best. The gardens are beautiful and make sure to visit the basement for a shocking story.

Thank maxxuniverse
Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the best historic home tours I have taken. You are given an audio player and map, and can go at your own pace. There are options for additional information in each room if you want to know more. Fabulous furnishings and stories of life in the mid 1800s and beyond. The interpretation of the Abolitionist movement... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

We toured this treasure 7/1, Thursday. It was a self-guided tour with individual audio equipment. The house and its contents are exceptionally well preserved as they have been cared for by generations of the family. The audio has great stories about the time period of the 1850's as well as the Kelton family itself. The location was very easy to... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This is a lovely place to visit for history lovers or those interested in the Underground Railroad. We were able to have a tour of the house from the 1850s. Most of the furnishings were original because the house was kept in family hands until turned into an historic site. The docents were very knowledgeable, and we were lucky enough... More 

Thank mlrmfw99
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Turn back time to 1852, see how an affluent merchant lived in Columbus and was a major player in the Underground Railroad. See where slaves were hidden and ferried on to freedom

Thank D M
Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

This was such a treat, the people who built this house took in some some runaway slaves. A lot of the items in the house are original and the hand held touring guide was very informative.

Thank doriruth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Went there with people from my office (office scheduled event) and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The women were dressed in costumes and they were very well versed on the Kelton House.

Thank Mary Ann Y
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

I used the Kelton House as a venue for a birthday party. The staff went out of their way to make the experience amazing. The first person portrayals at the house are excellent - the staff is very knowledgeable. Those of us that took tours found the house charming and the history of the underground railroad fascinating. Whether you are... More 

Thank Barbara B
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

What a wonderful Victorian museum, right in the middle of Columbus! I visited with my daughter and mother, and we were enthralled with everything there was to see in this house. Could have spent 2+ hours here, going through each room and listening to all of the audio information. The house was set up with many Victorian Christmas decorations which... More 

Thank Billie77077
Duarte, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

The staff and historical decorators should be proud. The history was so complete since property was with family members over a century. The vintage Christmas decorations were an added plus. Very nice way to spent an hour.

Thank Sue B

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