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General Information

The Ohio History Center is the state's repository for its comprehensive collections of materials in the fields of history, prehistory, and natural history. It also houses the state's archives and historical library.

The Ohio Village is on the grounds of the Ohio Historical Society complex. The Ohio Village is a reproduction of a small Ohio community during the 1800s. The buildings form the commercial, social, and political core of a town and they represent several architectural styles of Ohio's history. The furnishings, items, and tools in the various buildings used by the Ohio Village interpreters are either original pieces or carefully researched reproductions. The buildings and streets form a physical background for the presentation of the economic, social, and political life in Ohio during the 1800s.

For more information, or to make a reservation, please call 614.297.2663 or 800.686.1541. You may also send an email to reservations@ohiohistory.org. To download the Field Trip Planner, click here.

Hours of Operation
Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday noon - 5 p.m.

Costs per student are:
Museum Visit for Students $4.00 admission
30 Minute Program $5.00 includes admission
Highlights Tour of Ohio History Center $6.00 includes admission
Gossip Tour of Ohio Village $8.00 includes admission
Featured Exhibit Programs $8.00 includes admission
Programs $8.00 includes admission
Chaperones $4.00*
Teachers Free

*Please allow 1 adult chaperone per 10 students

Group prices can only be guaranteed for those who have made a reservation.

Facilities Information 
The museum is handicapped accessible.

Vending machines and an area for your group to eat lunch located on the Plaza Level of the Ohio History Center.

 

Museum Shop on site
Allow extra time to visit the Ohio History Store. There is a wide range of merchandise including souvenirs, books, and educational materials that focus on a wide range of Ohio history. If students are shopping in the Ohio History Store, please make sure they have a chaperone with them. We ask that you enter the Ohio History Store in small groups.

 

Location
The Ohio History Center and the Ohio Village are located at I-71 and 17th Avenue, adjacent to the Ohio Expo Center (State Fairgrounds) in Columbus, Ohio.
If you are coming from the:

  • SOUTH - I-71 North to 17th Ave.*
  • NORTH - I-71 South to 17th Ave.*
  • WEST - 70 East to I-71 North to 17th Ave.*
  • EAST - 70 West to I-71 North to 17th Ave.*

*Proceed west on 17th Ave. and turn right at the Ohio Historical Society sign.