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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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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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