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12 must-see museums to explore in Columbus

Columbus has an incredibly rich history that is showcased in museums throughout the area. From COSI to the Columbus Museum of Art, pay a visit to these various spots to learn all there is to know about CBUS.

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The COSI Planetarium is the largest in Ohio. | Photo by @cosiscience

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Museums are the cultural hubs of Columbus. Whether you’re looking to learn something new about CBUS or plotting a way to spend your Saturday afternoon, here are 12 museums to visit in our city.

Science

COSI, 333 W. Broad St. | $0-$25
Explore the nationally-recognized science museum complete with 300+ interactive experiences, a planetarium, kid-friendly spaces, and traveling exhibits.

History

Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave. | $0-$16
Find state archives and stories of Ohio’s history from the state flag to sports teams.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad St. | $0-$18
This museum honors all veterans from the US Armed Forces. Learn about their stories and experiences serving our country.

Orton Geological Museum, 155 S. Oval Mall | Free
As part of the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University, you can explore a variety of local fossils, plus rocks and minerals from across the world.

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Explore different exhibits to honor local veterans from various wars. | Photos via National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Arts

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. | $0-$26
Head downtown to view art, photography, video, and other forms of mixed media, or join in on events like yoga or open studio. Bonus: Admission is free every Sunday.

Otherworld, 5819 Chantry Dr. | $24-$30
Freely explore rooms of large-scale, immersive art installations with secret passageways and a mix of fantasy and fiction. Watch our experience.

Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. | Free
Located on OSU’s campus, the public can visit a variety of contemporary art exhibits. Plus, find movie screenings, performances, and educational talks.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, 1813 N. High St. | Free
This is the world’s biggest collection of cartoon and comic materials, including newspaper comic strip pages and original art.

Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. 5th Ave. | Free
You can actually shop at this museum for a variety of crafts, including wood, fiber, ceramic, glass, and metals.

The eye in this exhibit follows you as you walk through the forest. | Photo via @enter.otherworld

The eye in this exhibit follows you as you walk through the forest. | Photo via @enter.otherworld

Sports

Jack Nicklaus Museum, 2355 Olentangy River Rd. | $5-$10
Learn about Jack Nicklaus’ legendary golf career and the history of the game at this educational and historical museum on OSU’s campus.

Specialties

Central Ohio Fire Museum, 260 N. 4th St. | $6-$8
Learn about the history of firefighters, their day-to-day lives, and fire safety for all ages.

Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, 476 E. Kossuth St. | Free
This is the perfect small museum for car enthusiasts who want to browse vintage vehicles.

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