Columbus Museum of Art
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.
The Santa Maria is located just north of the Broad Street Bridge, moored in the Scioto River, at Battelle Riverfront Park, at Marconi Blvd. and West Broad Street, 2 blocks west of the State House.
April 5 - May 23, Wed-Fri: 10 am - 3 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon - 5 pm
May 24 - Aug. 31, Wed-Fri: 10 am - 5 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon - 6 pm
September 1 - October 26, Wed-Fri: 10 am - 3 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon - 5 pm
Memorial Day: Noon- 5 pm; 4th of July: Noon- 5 pm; Labor Day: Noon- 5 pm
Visit the world’s most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria. Imagine what it must have been like more than 500 years ago to embark on a voyage that would forever alter the world in which we live. Imagine using only wind and current for propulsion and a crude compass, the sun and the stars for direction!
The Santa Maria's tours dramatize the daring and determination it took for Columbus and his explorers to set out on their mission. Experience the lives they led, interact with replicas of the navigational tools they used and play the games they played to pass the time.
Jack Nicklaus Museum
House MuseumOhio Craft Museum
Hours: 10am - 5pm, Mon-Fri; 1-5pm Sun.
Located near Upper Arlington and Grandview Ave. Exhibitions featuring artwork created in the field of the American crafts.
1779 Home Rd.
Hours: 9:30am-5pm, Apr - Oct.
Admission Charged (Children under 7 free).
Cavern tours, Indian Museum, frontierland with gem mining, gift shop, snack bar. Cavern tours.
Downtown Walking Tour
Follow this tour to see downtown and some near-downtown neighborhoods and suburbs.
Time required: from two hours to all day.
1. Start with a tour of the Statehouse at Broad and High in the heart of downtown. You can park underneath. Historic Ohio Theater is along the south side of the Statehouse grounds on State St.; the Ohio is connected to City Center Mall.
2. From the Statehouse drive east on E. Broad St. The Columbus Museum of Art will be on the left; then after about a mile you will pass Franklin Park, where Ameriflora was held years ago. Continue past Franklin Park and you enter Bexley.
3. Turn left at Cassady Av., and then left at Maryland Av., to pass elegant mansions. Continue to Parkview Av.; turn left and follow Parkview back across Broad St. to E. Main St. Turn left on E. Main; in two blocks turn left at Drexel Av.
4. Take Drexel back to E. Broad St. and turn left. As you pass the old mansions along E. Broad, envision that there was once a boulevard down the middle of this present-day six-lane street. Many of the mansions are now office buildings.
5. Return to downtown, continue past the Statehouse and across the Scioto River to the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), on the left side of W. Broad. (The 'Santa Maria' replica will be on the right as you cross the river.)
6. From COSI head back across the river on W. Broad St. and turn right on Civic Center Drive. Go three blocks to W. Main St. and turn left; then turn right on S. High St. The historic Southern Hotel and Theater is on the corner of S. High and E. Main.
7. Head south on S. High St. After you cross I-70/71 you are in historic German Village, a great area to park and walk. Turn left on Kossuth St. and go several blocks to reach Schmidt's, an authentic German restaurant in a restored building.
8. After visiting German Village, go north on S. High St. back through downtown. After you pass the Statehouse and the Columbus Convention Center you will be in a neighborhood called the Short North.
9. The Short North is an area of art galleries and trendy shops. Look for a parking lot along N. High St. if you want to shop. Continue north on N. High to reach the Ohio State University campus.
10. The N. High St. campus strip is kind of run down right now, but renovation plans are in the works. The OSU campus is along the left; the avant garde looking building on the left is the Wexner Center for the Arts.
11. At the northern edge of the OSU campus, turn left onto Lane Av. Follow Lane Av. until you cross the Olentangy River, then turn left on Olentangy River Rd. The new Schottenstein Arena is on the corner.
12. Right after you turn onto Olentangy River Rd., turn left on Woody Hayes Dr. After you cross back over the river turn right on Cannon Drive. The famous Ohio Stadium where Woody Hayes coached will be on the left.
13. Follow Cannon Drive until it ends into King Av. Turn left; Battelle Memorial Institute--where photocopying, space shuttle tiles, and other innovations were developed--will be along the right side of King Av.
14. After five blocks on King Av., turn right on Neil Av. This will take you through restored Victorian Village. After you pass under I-670 you will enter the Arena District and pass Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL Blue Jackets.
15. When Neil Av. ends into Dublin Rd. (US 33), turn right. Turn right on Grandview Av. in about a mile. After you climb a steep hill, you will be in downtown Grandview Heights. Turn left on First Av. When you reach Marble Cliff, the tour ends.