Columbus Museum of Art
If you're looking for inspiration, this is the spot. The Columbus Museum of Art's (CMA) collection spans work from Columbus-born artists like Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, George Bellows and Elijah Pierce to the luminaries of 19th and 20th century art. Rotating exhibits fill it's newly opened modern art wing, and areas to explore and create art of your own.
Time to Visit: 2 hours
Reasons to Visit this Year
The Wonder Room presents lots of way to engage with art hands on. The current iteration of the Wonder Room is focused on textile arts, and visitors can work on large-scale weavings, design clothes, decorate Persian rugs or create bird nests, all inspired by the museum's collection. You can even hide inside a giant blanket fort installation.
CMA brings the best of the art world to Columbus through rotating special exhibitions. This summer's big exhibition is from Columbus' own Alice Schille, who was the premier watercolor painter of her era.
Take advantage of the Guide by Cell tours for a deeper experience with the artwork. Interactive stations outside many galleries also offer more ways to process and create art.
The Sculpture Garden is a beautiful outdoor space that's perfect for the time your kids need to run around, and includes several large scale works, including a sculpture made of sound.
When you need a break, the museum's Schokko Cafe has a full menu rich with local treats, and the museum's gift shop is a great place to pick up a meaningful, inspiring souvenir of your visit.