Ohio History Center

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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

Echoes in Time Theatre: Number Puh-leeeeeze 1-3-2015 thru 1-31-2015

Open the door to history with a theatrical performance that takes you back in time. Meet historical figures and hear about history as it really was. All shows are in the Discovery Theater at the Ohio History Center. Telephones have changed dramatically since the first call was made but has that real

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Along the River 1-31-2015

Along the River

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.

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Curator Tour: Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species 1-31-2015

Join Natural History Curator Dave Dyer for an in-depth tour of the exhibit Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species and find out more about endangered and extinct species in Ohio and elsewhere.

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Collections Connection: Historical Romance 2-7-2015 thru 2-14-2015

Stop by our special table to see dance cards, calling cards, valentines and other artifacts related to dating.

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Echoes in Time Theatre: Mary Bowser, Servant and Spy in the Southern White House 2-7-2015 thru 2-28-2015

Open the door to history with a theatrical performance that takes you back in time. Meet historical figures and hear about history as it really was. All shows are in the Discovery Theater at the Ohio History Center. Telephones have changed dramatically since the first call was made, but has that rea

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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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Genealogy Workshop: Beginning Your African American Genealogy 2-21-2015

Experienced family researcher Gayle Wilson will be your guide in the discovery of your African American family story. You'll get help locating and using resources at the Ohio History Center that are specific to African American history.

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Curator Talk: Eagles on Their Buttons: African American Service in the Civil War and World War I 2-21-2015

Join manuscript curator and military historian John Haas to learn about Ohio's African American soldiers, from the 5th United States Colored Troops of the Civil War to the 9th Battalion of the Ohio National Guard in World War I.

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Curator Talk: Roman Johnson and the Olde Towne East Art Scene 2-28-2015

Meet Emily Lang, curator of he exhibit Reflections of an Artist: Emerson Burkhart. Learn about African American painter Roman Johnson a protege of Emerson Burkhart and the mid 20th century art scene in the Columbus neighborhood now known as Olde Towne East. Also see one of the latest additions to o

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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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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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