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Columbus, OH 43235
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Arts & Museums
The Ohio Railway Museum was founded in 1945 and is among the oldest of its kind in the nation. It was originally called The Central Ohio Railfans Association and got its current name in 1993. Enjoy a round-trip ride on a streetcar or interurban. Get educated in the demonstration tour about the history of steam and electric locomotive and how it impacted the economic growth and lifestyle in the early 20th Century. The museum is into preserving and operating historic railway machinery. It aims to enlighten the public through their exhibits, publications and special events. Their collection includes trams from 1900 to 1949, interurbans (1905 to 1965), passenger cars, electric and steam engines from around 1910 through 1926.
The Jack Nicklaus Museum explores both the history of golf and one of it's greatest players. The museum, located on the Ohio State University Campus, has exhibits about golf history and turf science, Nicklaus' professional career and personal life, and a golf hall of fame. There is a pro shop and aptly named Nicklaus theater in the museum. The museum doubles as a special event host for corporate functions, banquets, and events.
Named for its benefactor, Victoria's Secret magnate Les Wexner, the Wexner Center for the Arts is a self-contained monument to everything artistic. It houses a venue for every type of art imaginable, and the place itself is a work of art in terms of architecture, landscaping and interior design. There are world-class facilities for film and video screenings, gallery exhibitions, concerts and all manner of performing art. Look for a varied schedule of programming, including performances by renowned musicians like She & Him and Robert Forster, as well as retrospective exhibitions like Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms, and even screenings of cinematic masterpieces such as Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
Maintained by the Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Historical Center aims to celebrate the history of the city. From archaeology and natural history to political and cultural artifacts, this museum has it all. So, if you're in the mood to go back into the past of the city, this is the right place to be. The center also houses a resourceful library, Ohio Village and a number of event venues. To know more about the center and events held here, check website.
Located adjacent to Ohio Historical Center on the grounds of the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Village is a recreation of the way of life in Ohio in the 19th Century. A number of events are held here as well. School tours are organized regularly. Call for further information.
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is a one-of-a-kind repository in the world since it has the biggest collection of American comic art and cartoons. It was founded by Lucy Caswell in 1977 as the Milton Caniff Reading Room and had four other former names before settling for the current one in 2009. It is an ode of its famous namesake, one of the greatest American cartoonists in the early 20th-century. Their collection features graphic novels, magazine cartoons, editorial cartoons, sports cartoons, comic books and strips. There are also original manuscripts and art of legends like Walt Kelly, Edwina Dumm, Bill Watterson, Woody Gelman, Winsor McCay and many more. It presently holds a listing of 450,000 original cartoons, 67,000 serials (inclusive of 29,000 comic books), 45,000 books, 3,000 feet (914.4 meters) of palimpsest and 2.5 million comic strip tear sheets and clippings. It is the most extensive research facility recording printed cartoon artwork. The library's open hours differ from the museum's. They are from 9a to 5p every Monday through Friday and on Sundays from 1p to 5p.
A venture of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the Ohio Craft Museum is the first of its kind in the Midwest that is exclusively for fine craft. From temporary to permanent exhibits, their collection features artisanal furniture, fiber art, jewelry, ceramics, paper, wood, glass and more. All these artworks are contemporary and highlight the creativity of the artist through various forms. They also provide workshops and fairs as well. Buy a unique gift from their gift shop or check out their Craft Research Library if you want to know more about this art style.
The Studios on High Gallery is one of the most prestigious places to see beautiful contemporary art in Columbus. This artist collective features a number of creative and talented women. The gallery highlights work in a number of mediums, including sculpture, painting, knitting, ceramics, prints and more.
Featured displays at these galleries include paintings, sculptures, glasswork, and functional art objects from a collection that includes masterworks in contemporary glassworks and sculpture by such noted masters as Christopher Riles, Dale Chihuly, Jon Kuhn, and William Morris. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 to 5:30 P.M., Saturday 11 to 5 P.M. and Sunday 1 to 5 P.M.
The King Arts Complex is the anchor of a small African American community east of downtown Columbus. Here, performing arts troupes from a wide variety of disciplines come to entertain the people. Over the course of the year, a varied program of music, dance, theater, discussion, workshops, luncheons, art openings and more keep the place humming. Special attention is paid to African roots, religion and jazz. See website for full calendar.
Offering tours and programs while bearing a relation to the city
Located in a restored early 20th-century engine house, Central Ohio Fire Museum is indeed a fun and educational place to be. Featuring old fire trucks, wagons, alarms, paraphernalia and more it gives a glimpse of a fire station from 1908 to 1982. Find out how the advancement in technology improved the safety measures and find out more about it for precaution. The museum is also known for its resident ghosts but they are not at all a cause to worry.