The Ohio History Connection is launching a comprehensive renovation project, Campus 2.OH, aimed at revitalizing its campus on East 17th Avenue in Columbus, including the Ohio History Center & Ohio Village.
This initiative will involve numerous construction, renovation and event activities over the coming years, with the goal of enhancing and expanding the physical spaces for a better visitor experience. The project is both a celebration and a preservation effort, helping to tell Ohio's story for the next 50 years and beyond.
All corners of our Columbus campus footprint will be part of the larger plan.
- Our new Collections Care Center will open later this year to safely and sustainably house our history and natural history collections.
- Ohio Village will undergo significant infrastructure upgrades and new visitor experiences will be introduced.
- Next door, at the Ohio Expo Center, we'll work with our partners at the Ohio State Fair to create the Ohio Showcase building, which will feature an exhibit telling Ohio's story, a food hall and a glass "jewel box" featuring large historic artifacts.
- The Ohio History Center will undergo a master planning process for renovation and preservation.
According to Ohio History Connection CEO & Executive Director, Megan Wood, "Whether it’s opening a new Collections Care Center, or doing the necessary work of basic infrastructure improvements to Ohio Village, we see it as part of stewarding and sharing Ohio's stories."
She adds, "While we never enjoy having to close one of our spaces like the Ohio Village, even temporarily, our audiences and members will be better served by the end product. We’ll close for renovations to begin after the State Fair ends in 2024, and will be counting down the days until we reopen with a new and improved Village experience in 2026. And don’t worry—we’ll still have October and December Signature Events. They’ll just be reimagined to fit within the Ohio History Center.”
Stay tuned for updates, hard hat tour opportunities and member forums. We're excited to get started on Campus 2.OH!