Indigenous Wonders of Our World
A new exhibit, Indigenous Wonders of Our World, opens Spring 2022.
The Ohio History Center is the headquarters of the Ohio History Connection. Our mission is to spark discovery of Ohio's stories. Embrace the present, share the past and transform the future.
The Ohio History Center is located at 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH, 43211, at the intersection of I-71 & 17th Avenue (Exit 111).
Wednesday–Sunday • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ohio History Center will close at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 3, 10 & 17 to prepare for Dickens of a Christmas, and will be closed Saturday & Sunday, December 24 & 25.
Ohio Village is closed for the season.
$14/age 60+ or college student with ID
Free/age 3 & under
Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission
Included in this total ticket price is a 5% arts and culture fee on the base ticket as required by the City of Columbus. This fee supports exemplary artists, arts and cultural organizations and programs that educate and engage audiences of all ages throughout greater Columbus.
Advance tickets are available but not required. Walk-up admission is available anytime during open hours at the Ohio History Center front desk.
Members who wish to reserve tickets in advance can do so by calling 614-297-2300 during business hours.
Explore Ohio’s rich natural history through the themes of plants, animals, geology, geography and climate. In this exhibit you will find artefacts ranging from rocks and minerals to taxidermy mounts of locally extinct animals. Look for the massive Conway, a reconstructed Ice age mastodon skeleton, at the entrance of the exhibit!
View conserved battle flags carried by Ohioans during the Civil War and learn more about the conflict that split the country apart from 1861-1865. Artefacts you will also see in this exhibit include photographs, weapons and other items carried by soldiers during the war.
Fully immerse yourself in mid-century American life! 1950s – Building the American Dream features a fully furnished, reconstructed Lustron home that you can explore and investigate. When you are done exploring the Lustron house you can learn more about the 1950s through videos and panels featuring the recollections of Ohioans who grew up in the era.
Ohio–Champion of Sports features more than 70 stories and 35 oral histories covering more than 25 sports ranging from baseball, football and basketball to roller derby, skateboarding and e-gaming. The exhibit showcases the Ohio athletes, coaches, owners and fans at the center of the action and explores sports through the themes of character, adversity, identity, tradition and victory.
Historic preservation is about protecting, promoting and using historic places. It's also about the power of place—places that matter because they help tell the story of our state and our nation, of who we are and where we come from. Learn the history of the preservation movement in the United States and Ohio, and how the State Historic Preservation Office works with people throughout our state to identify and protect Ohio’s historic places.
Learn more about some of Ohio’s extensive history in this varied gallery. Collections in Ohio Through Time include an open storage display of kitchenware items, early transportation and farming in the state, a World War I era collections display and Creative Ohio, an exhibit dedicated to four different Ohio artists.
Gallery 2 presents a stunning visual display of beautifully crafted furniture and unique pottery and glassware pieces. These artefacts are arranged in an open storage setting, which allows visitors to see more of the collection compared to a typical museum exhibit!
It's not an exhibit—it's an experiment! Traditional museum exhibits only display a small portion of a museum’s collection. In our Great Collections Experiment we're trying out new ways of displaying and sharing more of the amazing and sometimes quirky objects in our vast collection. While conventional exhibits usually tell a story about an event or a time period, this gallery focuses on displaying beautiful and intriguing objects and leave the storytelling up to you.
Discover some of the vast earthworks that American Indian people built 2,000 years ago. Our new exhibit, Indigenous Wonders of Our World—The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, explores eight ancient earthworks in Ohio that are candidates for the United Nations’ World Heritage List, a list of the world’s greatest wonders.
In this interactive exhibit, learn how ancient American Indians employed astronomy and geometry to align the earthworks with cycles of the sun and moon, see 2,000-year old artifacts that suggest what people did at these sacred sites and leave with a new appreciation for eight extraordinary landmarks in our midst.
Hey, educators! Interested in bringing your class to the Ohio History Center or Ohio Village? Field trips to the Ohio History Center are offered year-round, with seasonal offerings for Ohio Village.
Ohio History Connection and TAWI Family Village will present two evenings of Kwanzaa that will feature African drumming, music, dance, storytelling and hands on art activities.
In Partnership with King Arts Complex, the Ohio History Connection presents the annual, MLK Open House. Celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King through visual and performing art performances. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the impact of Dr. King’s teachings and learn how his work changed […]
This series will run on Thursdays, Jan. 19, 2023 - Mar. 9, 2023. In this class, students will explore different types on looms including backstrap and unconventional looms, flowerpots, picture frames, embroidery hoops, etc. for use during and beyond the class sessions. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the multicultural history of weaving […]
Series will take place on Saturdays, Jan. 21 - Feb. 18, 2023 Throughout Africa, body adornments are made from local materials and worn for a variety of reasons. Explore how artisans have traditionally made beads from glass, brass, wood, shell and bone. You will receive a sampling of beads to start your collection. Expand your […]
Join us in celebrating Black History Month 2023 at the Ohio History Center The Tea Room Feb. 18, 2023 The Tea Room is a contemporary look at an African American Tea Ceremony that began in the mid-19th century. Annually on February 15, enslaved people joined together to fellowship over tea. This tradition evolved into gathering […]
Included with general museum admission. Join us for a weekend full of natural history programing and learn more about the plants and animals that call Ohio their home! Check out the list of activities and programs below! Please note that the time of display tables may be subject to change. Sat. Feb. 4 Timed Talk: […]
The Tea Room is a contemporary look at an African American Tea Ceremony that began in the mid-19th century. Annually on February 15, enslaved people joined together to fellowship over tea. This tradition evolved into gathering held in churches and later tea houses. Designed to create an environment on unity and empowerment, the Tea Room […]
Included with general museum admission. Celebrate Presidents Day, 2023 at the Ohio History Center! Stop by to create your own campaign memorabilia and meet several 1st-person Presidential presenters on the museum floor. Other themed activities will be available throughout the day as well!
Here’s your chance to experience the Ohio History Center museum after hours and see whether our exhibits really do come to life! This family event promises to entertain children and adults alike. Dozens of different characters will be roaming the museum, and you can learn all about their unique place in Ohio history. Grab an […]
The film, As A Matter of Black is a documentary that chronicled the work of local artists during a time of civil unrest. After a viewing of the film, Donte Woods-Spikes, the filmmaker will talk about the motivation behind his work and will lead a discussion with artists that were featured in the film.
Series will take place on Thursdays, Mar. 30 - Apr. 27, 2023. Learn how to create a beautiful assortment of imitative African style beads that look just like the real thing using polymer clay! Discover the origin, technique and language of these tribal beads, and make a variety of bead shapes, cane construction, color mixing, […]
Included with Museum Admission International Incidents, written and directed by Eric Weltner, chronicles Columbus’s three professional hockey teams that called the city home between 1966 and 1977. All three squads played in the International Hockey League. The documentary film covers their collective history, statistics and anecdotes. Former players, owners, broadcasters and league executives participated in […]
Included with general museum admission. The Ohio History Connection is honored to present the Dineh’Tah Navajo Dancers as they perform traditional songs and demonstrations, as well as a presentation on General William T. Sherman’s role and legacy in the indigenous peace treaties of the late 19th century.
The Ohio History Connection is committed to providing our visitors, volunteers and staff an environment free from intimidation, harassment, and discrimination with respect to admission and access to our sites, programs and activities. The Ohio History Connection does not permit harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, citizenship status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. The Ohio History Connection is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based on these grounds.
The Ohio History Connection welcomes all to discover Ohio’s stories. We strive to create a safe, accessible and friendly environment to explore our sites and collections. Our core value of inclusivity challenges us to constantly seek out and remove barriers to participation, empower underserved audiences and improve how we deliver our services. Learn more about our Accessibility efforts.
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Masks are optional at the Ohio History Center & Ohio Village
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