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, October 7, 14, 21 & 28 and Saturday, December 2, 9 & 16.
Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community, is closed for the season. We look forward to seeing you at All Hallows’ Eve and Dickens of a Christmas!
$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.
Explore Ohio's history with your little ones. We're providing a drop-in, open discovery space for your little historian to build, create and discover everything Ohio. You and your kiddo age 3 to 7 can freely explore our hands-on stations, and we'll wrap up our discovery time with a story. Included with Ohio History Center general […]
Included with general museum admission, registration required. Are you curious about Ohio’s changing cultural landscape? Have you ever wanted to know about the early people that inhabited the region we now call the Buckeye State? Join us for a special talk about Settling Ohio: First Peoples and Beyond, a new book published by Ohio University […]
Included with general museum admission. Since the 1930s, Roller Derby has thrilled audiences of all ages. This full-contact sport has a wild history and has pushed the boundaries of gender norms for decades. Hear Columbus’ own team history from member Samantha Tucker and Amy Spears as they talk about their experiences with Ohio Roller Derby […]
Included with Museum Admission Written and directed by Eric Weltner. The Mohawk Monopoly explores the Cincinnati Mohawks’ dominance of the International Hockey League while an affiliate of the dynastic Montreal Canadiens in the 1950s. The history is chronicled through motion footage, still imagery, motion graphics and player commentary (including 9-time Stanley Cup champion coach Scotty […]
Join us for a special program this holiday season! We are partnering with El Mercadito Cositas Lindas to celebrate La Posada, a festival celebrated in Mexico around the winter holidays. Learn about the origins of this festival, watch dance and music performances, try out our indoor piñata, and do some last-minute holiday shopping with El […]
Kwanzaa is a 7 - day celebration that honors community, family and heritage of African American culture and African traditions. Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili word that means “first harvest” and is based on the principles of Nguzo Saba. Ohio History Connection and TAWI Family Village will present two evenings of Kwanzaa that will feature […]
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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
We will continue to follow guidelines provided by our local, county and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).