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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.

Upcoming Events

LEGO Design Challenge 1-13-2016 thru 4-10-2016

LEGO Design Challenge

From small houses to high towers, see how finalists in the 2015 LEGO Design Challenge explored the idea of home. See new architectural creations and discover how ideas like shelter, structure and form can inspire builders of all ages.

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Weekend Encounter: Curator on Call 1-16-2016 thru 2-27-2016

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work with so many artifacts? Is there an object in the museum that sparks your interest? Meet us in one of our Great Collections Experiment galleries, where our museum staff will show you how to dive deeper and explore our collections.

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Collections Connection: Historical Romance 2-6-2016 thru 2-14-2016

Stop by the Collections Connection table to see examples of vintage dance cards and calling cards, elaborate Valentine's Day cards and other artifacts related to courting and dating.

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Environmental History Tour 2-7-2016 thru 2-21-2016

Take a guided museum tour highlighting Ohio's environmental history - how the land shaped us and how we shaped the land.

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Fascination Station: Ode Writing 101 2-13-2016 thru 2-14-2016

Join us to explore various types of odes and learn how to use them to express the way that you feel. Whether you want to be silly or serious, this form of poetry has endless possibilities.

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Woodhull for President! 2-13-2016

Did you know that the first female candidate for president of the United States ran in the 1870s? With the election coming up, join us to learn about Ohio native Victoria Woodhull, on elf the era's most fascinating personalities.

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Buttons, the Last Passenger Pigeon 2-14-2016

Stop by for a short discussion about Buttons, the last passenger pigeon known to have existed in the wild.

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Vintage Films 2-15-2016

Throughout the day, enjoy a selection of vintage 20th-century educational films. See Vickie for President, a film about Victoria Woodhull, first female candidate for president of the United States, along with Five Panels for Garfield, about the creation of the monument for President James A. Garfiel

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Special Presentation: Echoes in Time Theatre: Death of a President 2-15-2016

A whirlwind of drama and tragedy surrounds Dr. D. Willard Bliss as he cared for President James Garfield following the attempted assassination of the president in 1881. Ego, power and personal ambition combined to create a perfect storm where Bliss's competence was called into question. Listen as Bl

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Presidents Day Activities 2-15-2016

Visit the museum on Presidents Day and learn about Ohio's eight presidents through artifacts, live theatre and museum tours for all ages. Enjoy the special programs free with Ohio History Center museum admission.

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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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