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Ohio History Center 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211 Work614-297-2300 Visit Web Site

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The Ohio History Center is the headquarters of the Ohio History Connection and a museum showcasing Ohio's history from the ice age to today. These exhibits feature a variety of topics including the Civil War, natural history, glass, pottery and interactive children activities. Schedule "experiential tours" by appointment at 614-297-2477.

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History Can Be Fun Getaway

History Can Be Fun Getaway

Step back in time as you explore the nooks and crannies, cupboards and drawers of a family's real, full-size 1950's Lustron house, built right inside the museum!

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Upcoming Events

1950s: Building the American Dream 5-16-2014 thru 12-30-2014

1950s: Building the American Dream

Examines life during the decade as told through a Central Ohio family living in a Lustron home. Visitors are invited to explore the house through a completely interactive experience.

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I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas 12-6-2014 thru 12-27-2014

Imagine a world without computers, mobile phones or video games. For families, Christmas time was much the same as now except your Aunty and Uncle arrived on a train rather than a car and Christmas cards were an important form of communication sharing stories and news of the year. Come walk down mem

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Dickens Dinners 12-12-2014 thru 12-20-2014

Experience an evening in the world of Charles Dickens. Feast on a sumptuous dinner at the American House Hotel and hear carols performed by the Ohio Village Singers, then enjoy Dickens of a Christmas festivities throughout Ohio Village.

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Dickens of a Christmas 12-12-2014 thru 12-21-2014

Dickens of a Christmas

Capture the spirit of Christmas Past at Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community in Columbus, where Charles Dickens' festive and enduring vision of Christmas come to life through carols, decorations and traditions inspired by his colorful tales. See holiday preparations underway in village

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This is your Life Ebenezer Scrooge 12-18-2014

Tonight?s honoree is a grumpy old curmudgeon known for his miserly ways. While partaking in a festive meal join your host Jacob Marley as he introduces people from the good, the bad and the ugly of Ebenezer Scrooge?s life.

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Christmas Buffet 12-21-2014

Before attending Dickens of a Christmas in Ohio Village, start your day off right with a festive holiday buffet. Enjoy splendidly prepared dishes in the warmth of the American House Hotel and then step out to enjoy Dickens of a Christmas.

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Along the River 1-31-2015

Immerse yourself in a collection of readings based on the lives of Americans of African heritage who lived in the South and made the long and tumultuous journey North. These dramatic short stories will range from the days of slavery through the turn of the 20th century and into the 1970s. This perfo

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Film Screening: Freedom Summer 2-7-2015 thru 2-21-2015

Freedom Summer is a powerful film exploring the 10 weeks 51 years ago when more than 700 student volunteers joined local organizers for a massive voter registration effort in Mississippi. The events of 1964 forced the media and the country to take notice of the shocking violence and injustice taking

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Night at the Museum 2-28-2015

Here's your chance to experience the museum after hours and see whether or the exhibits really do come to life! This family-friendly event at the Ohio History Center promises to entertain children and adults alike.

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Building the American Dream: A Dream Deferred 3-27-2015 thru 3-29-2015

A Dream Deferred presents the dramatic selections from celebrated African American authors, storytellers, playwrights and poets of the 1950s. Through their words and music of the era, this production will transport you back to the 1950s as seen through the eyes of the black experience. Presented in

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Tours

1950s Who Dunnit! - A Red Herring

1950s Who Dunnit! - A Red Herring

You're a guest at a lavish State Department dinner when it's discovered the chair of the Congressional committee on Communism is dead.

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Dickens of a Mystery

Dickens of a Mystery

Enjoy a hearty meal while you interact with a historic cast of characters and strive to solve the mystery of this "Ohio Village whodunit."

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Echoes in Time Theatre

Echoes in Time Theatre

History comes alive with Echoes in Time Theatre. Select from three entertaining performances including "The Truth about Hangar 18!", "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" and "Courage in the Skies: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen"

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Meeting Space

Meeting Spaces at This Business
Room Theater Style Classroom Style Banquet Style Reception L x W Sq. Ft. Height
Arthur C. Johnson Auditorium 284 0 0 0 50′ x 53′ 2,650 0′
Bird Sanctuary 250 0 150 250 48′ x 68′ 3,264 12′
Classrooms 1 and 2 100 80 90 125 49′ x 34′ 1,666 10′
Plaza Terrace 0 0 400 600 0′ x 0′ 4,600 0′

Trip Ideas

A Weekend in Columbus with your Kids

A Weekend in Columbus with your Kids

Traveling with kids, or just keeping them busy can be hard for parents. Columbus has many attractions suitable for kids of all ages. We guarantee they will sleep well after you're done exploring!

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History in Columbus

History in Columbus

History buffs rejoice: Columbus' rich history hotspots include museums, government buildings, Civil War points of interest, and more!

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