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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
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Martin Luther King Day Visit

Our visit was enjoyable. The mastodon skeleton was a big hit with 9 year old and 13 year old grandsons. They enjoyed the area with the animals on display. We attended the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our visit was enjoyable. The mastodon skeleton was a big hit with 9 year old and 13 year old grandsons. They enjoyed the area with the animals on display. We attended the Cincinnati black history display as well as the presentation on breaking the color barrier in baseball. Both were enjoyable. We feel the Ohio History is an interesting and... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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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.

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Columbus, Ohio
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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.

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Thank rblackburn85
Columbus, Ohio
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61 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 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 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 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.

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Thank Teresa C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 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 

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Westerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 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 

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 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.

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Willoughby, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 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.

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Thank Sandra T
Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 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 

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