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Historic Capitol Square (includes the Statehouse and several statues and monuments).
Between State and Broad Sts, Third and High Streets
614-752-6350, 614-728-2695 or 1-888-OHIO-123
Desk at the Third Street entrance to the Statehouse Complex.
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Hours: Weekdays 7am-7pm.
Weekday tours: 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Closed on national holidays.
The Ohio Statehouse was built between the years 1839 and 1861. Prison labor from the Ohio Penitentiary was used to construct the foundation and ground floors of the building. The Statehouse was built in the Greek Revival style, a style which emulates an understated elegance. It is a masonry building, consisting largely of brick and Columbus limestone. The limestone was taken from a quarry on the west banks of the Scioto River. The stone of the Statehouse foundation is more than 18 feet deep. . Learn about Ohio's Statehouse, its history, architecture and legislative process in a free 45-minute tour. All tours begin promptly near the Information Desk.
Ohio State University
614-292-2661 (Call to schedule tours)
Tours can be scheduled year-round, Monday through Friday at any time between 8:00am and 3:30pm.
Tour must consist of 10 or more individuals and must be scheduled 2 weeks in advance. A typical tour last 1.5 hours and a large amount of walking is involved.
Dedicated in 1922, Ohio Stadium's horseshoe shaped configuration makes it one of college football's most recognizable landmarks. Ohio Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Big Ten and the fourth largest college stadium in America. Its' fame and design make it a must-see when you visit Columbus. Take a day to experience scarlet and gray.
480 E. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6801
Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm, Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am-8:30pm, Thursdays
The Columbus Museum of Art houses an outstanding collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and European modern art. This collection includes major works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Hopper and O'Keeffe and other spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism. Also recognized for extraordinary regional collections, the Museum boasts the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce.
COSI Columbus (Center of
Science and Industry)
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Science, technology, history and more come alive in this interactive, architecturally-unique museum. COSI features interactive, discovery-based and themed exhibit areas, three theaters, the outdoor Big Science Park, the country's only high wire unicycle, a restaurant, and shop. The exhibition areas - Adventure, Gadgets, Life, little kidspace, Ocean, Progress, and Space - each provides experiences for all age levels that creatively combine science facts and learning through play.