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Ohio History Center

800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211-2497
+1 614-297-2300
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Come with low expectations

It seemed way cooler when I came as a child, but in summary, if you live in in the general area and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Columbus, Ohio
A trip back in time

If you visit this museum in the spring, summer, or fall you can take advantage of the Ohio Village... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbus, Ohio
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211-2497
+1 614-297-2300
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It seemed way cooler when I came as a child, but in summary, if you live in in the general area and want to go to your local history museum, it's worth a visit once. Do come, they need the admission funds. The first floor...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit this museum in the spring, summer, or fall you can take advantage of the Ohio Village and experience a mini town replica of "the olden days". The history center is broken down into several exhibits spread over a couple floors. The most...More

1  Thank Markiaoh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This location provides great historical insight. A lot of the artifacts are from Ohio. The exhibits are very nice and is worth a trip to see.

Thank brent d
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful facility. Very well organized. You cannot take any bags into the library, but they do have lockers that take a deposit of a quarter, which is returned.

Thank Terrie S
Reviewed 5 June 2017

All types of Ohio historical exhibits are available to see for the guests. Special areas for children are available and change often. There is something for everyone in the family to see and appreciate here. A good place for the entire family to go together.

Thank williammZ222ZR
Reviewed 3 March 2017

The museum has a nice collection of "old timey" things. Quite a few natural history displays are among the collections of human artifacts. The state archives and library are in the same building.

Thank Ben T
Reviewed 19 January 2017 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...More

2  Thank Stad5
Reviewed 4 January 2017 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,...More

Thank shirleyalice
Reviewed 18 December 2016

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.

Thank rblackburn85
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....More

1  Thank Johnnyrat1
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15 April 2017|
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Response from Ben T | Reviewed this property |
ShirleyAlice provided a great answer. I can recommend membership in The Ohio History Connection, (I think "Society" in the name was fine and didn't need changing.) Trip Advisor rules prohibit me from posting a link but an... More