July 28, 2023

Birds of a Feather: The Smithsonian and OHC Natural History Collections

Join Dave Dyer, Natural History Curator, and Marie Swartz, Archaeology Curator, on a journey that intertwines ornithology, archaeology, and natural history, revealing the significance of collaborative research in unraveling the secrets of the past.   One of the basic tenets of a scientific collection is that the data associated with the specimens is as important […]

March 15, 2023

Natural History’s “Green” collections

In honor of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday we delved into our Natural History collections to showcase five of our green specimens and tell their stories!

January 24, 2023

Four Outdoor Natural History Sites You Should Visit this Winter (+ our picks for a coffee or hot chocolate stop for after your visit!)

Get bundled up and head out to one of these Ohio History Connection sites this winter to get out of the house and get a new perspective on our state’s incredible natural history.

August 23, 2022

Peering Back In Time – 19th Century Microscope Slides of William Sullivant

An unassuming dark wooden cabinet on the shelves in the collections revealed beautiful 19th century microscope slides from William Sullivant.

April 27, 2022

Ask a Curator: Natural History and Archaeology Object Identification Event

Join our curatorial team as we help our visitors to determine what it is they think they have in their own personal collection.

April 22, 2022

How to Find a Mastodon – The Story of the Williams Mastodon

By David Dyer, Natural History Curator, with Emily George Emily George was on a mission. She had heard about the Williams mastodon while growing up, and about how her grandfather Gus George had helped excavate the skeleton in Columbus in the mid-1950s. After talking with her family about the mastodon for a school genealogy project […]

March 20, 2022

Curator Talk: Freeze-drying, Formalin, and Flesh-eating Beetles – How Museums Prepare and Preserve Specimens 

Included with museum admission. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look into the lab of a natural history museum to reveal how specimens are preserved and prepared. Learn how curators create beautiful animal skeletons and engaging taxidermy mounts, discover how delicate flowers and fungi specimens are preserved, and what exactly is in those jars of preserved […]

February 3, 2022

Wild Ohio Day, 2024

Included with general museum admission, but pre-registration strongly recommended. Buckeyes, snakes and spotted salamanders – Oh My! Join us at the Ohio History Center on Sat. January 27th to learn more about the plants and animals that call Ohio home.   Check out the list of timed activities below!  11:00 a.m. - Beekeeping Program with […]

January 18, 2022

What is it? – Identification of Natural History Objects

Many interesting natural objects can be found while out hiking, walking along a streambed, or digging on your property.

January 13, 2022

Pleasures of the Cup: Ohio on the Rocks

Sample icy drinks as we explore the Ice Age! Mammoths, mastodons, bears and other cool Ice Age creatures once roamed Ohio – learn about their history with us! Alcohol is included with admission. Advanced registration required. Must be 21+ to attend. Cancellation Policy for Pleasures of the Cup: To receive a refund for an individual […]