Spring Thaw
Apr. 05 2023 - Apr. 08 2023
Ohio History Center 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA Open in Google Map
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adult - $16 Senior (60+) - $14 Student (with ID) - $14 Child (4-12) - $10 Child (3 & under) - Free Ohio History Connection Member - Free

Included with general museum admission.

Celebrate the end of winter and learn something new with the family this spring break! Join us at the Ohio History Center for a week of fun and interesting natural history programs from April 5th to April 8th.

Please check out the list of programs for the week below!


April 5 & 6, 1 p.m. & April 8, 3 p.m.

The film showing on April 8 was originally scheduled at 11 a.m. but we have moved the time to 3 p.m. due to unforeseen circumstances, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Special Film Screening: When Whales Walked 

Evoking awe and wonder, WHEN WHALES WALKED contains startling revelations about the ancient ancestors of animals still alive today. One early croc relative was built like a greyhound, ancient whales really did walk on four legs and the earliest ancestor of the elephant was the size of a rabbit. Birds arose from feathered dinosaurs — in fact, they are dinosaurs — and went on to colonize the natural world as well as the urban spaces created by humans. But the end of the story has yet to be written, and the film sounds an alarm about the dangers each of these survivors faces. Exploring the mystery and majesty of these amazing animals, WHEN WHALES WALKED reminds us that their future lies in the hands of humans.

Presented by the Smithsonian Channel


April 7, 2023, 1 p.m.

Ancient Fossils Tour

From shallow sea to massive glacier, learn about and get hands-on with some of the animals and plants that lived in ancient Ohio.


April 8, 2023, 1 p.m.

Dive into Ohio’s Deep Time: The Devonian Period

What was it like during the "Age of Fishes" 416 to 359 million years ago? Molly E. Hunt invites you to dive head first into this fascinating time in Ohio's rich geologic history. Visitors will be amazed to learn about jaw-dropping geologic features and extraordinary organisms like Dunkleosteus terrelli. 

Speaker for this program:

Molly E. Hunt

Geologist, Paleontologist

Public Information Specialist for Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey

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