When I lived in Columbus (1981-1999), I was a frequent visitor to the Historical Center. While visiting my in-laws during the Thanksgiving holiday, I went back for the first time in over a decade. Happily, everything I loved about the place is still on display, including: Amunet (the center's sole mummy), fossils from the Pleistocene (such as the Conway mastodon), artifacts representing Ohio’s ancient Native American heritage (including items associated with the mound-building cultures: Aden, Hopewell, and Cole), and exhibitions depicting the state's past and current flora and fauna.
I am not a big fan of change for change's sake. But I am happy to say that the exhibitions displaying these holdings have been revamped in ways that render them more attractive, more informative, and more entertaining. For example, the Native American Heritage collection now includes numerous video commentaries by experts whose explanations help place the items displayed within their proper cultural, historical, religious, and social contexts.
I learned more from this one visit than all my my numerous previous trips, and enjoyed myself thoroughly in the process. I was not the only one having fun. I witnessed families with small children having a good time. And one tween was completely engrossed in examining rocks in the geology exhibition.
The museum and gift shop staff were friendly and informative. The center is well worth the cost of admission and the time spent there. A great place to make new memories while remembering the past!