Museums You Need to Explore in Columbus This Month [Best 7]

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is; it’s always the perfect time to visit an unforgettable museum. It’s especially a great time to soak up some art and history where you live!

In particular, Columbus, Ohio, has some of the best museums in the country.

If you live there — or plan to visit — you’re in luck. You can escape and soak up some knowledge in their many cultural and artistic hotspots.

Visit their museums, and you’ll learn plenty about science, art, history, and more. We can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than by visiting museums in Columbus.

Many of them are hands-on and offer a lot of education, so you don’t want to miss out!

Here are seven museums that you should go and visit ASAP!

1. Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is a famous museum in Columbus that people love.

They have many exhibits to explore. A few right now are the DC Super Heroes and the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery. If you’re a Jurassic Park movie fan, it’s hard not to get excited about the Dinosaur Gallery!

It’s impossible for visitors not to get inspired at this educational place. Many people go through quite a transformation when visiting COSI.

If you do go there, make time to lift a 2,437-pound car at the Big Science park! (Yes, it’s possible!)

2. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

You can find the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University. But don’t fret. You don’t have to be a student to check out this scholarly collection.

At the museum, you will see everything from classic to political cartoons.

It has the world’s most extensive collection of materials that relate to comics and cartoons! They also have exhibits that come and go, so stay informed by visiting their website.

Have a wonderful time taking in all the comics — it’s quite the treat!

3. Wexner Center for the Arts

Take a trip and browse popular exhibits at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University.

This renowned museum focuses on contemporary and modern art.

Since the Wex center’s opening, there have been many groundbreaking programs on stage.

Wex also has guest speakers such as students, scholars, and artists. The speakers’ talks center around current and pressing issues.

4. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Don’t miss the impressive gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Believe it or not, but there are more than 400 types of plants at the Conservatory!

In addition to their gardens, they also have an extensive art collection!

After you’re done checking out the gardens and art collections, look into taking a class. A few involve cooking a delicious pizza and doing yoga in the garden.

They also have other educational experiences. Try a Victorian Watercolor or Hot Glass Studio class there and learn something new!

After visiting the garden — if you plan to come back regularly — become a member. Supporting the Conservatory’s mission to educate the community will go far.

When you visit, be sure to check out the Palm House. In 1895, designers built this beautiful Victorian-style glass greenhouse.

The greenhouse’s influence came from the City Beautiful movement. It’s no wonder people like to use it as a magical wedding backdrop today!

Be sure to add Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to your list of museums to visit.

5. Early Television Museum

Learn all about how television became what it is today at theEarly Television Museum.

You don’t have to be a tech geek to appreciate this museum.

It’s fun to browse the collection of old machines. If you’re up for seeing a pre-1945 television, they have them! And, you’ll find early color televisions as well!

Make time to check out this museum. You’ll have a wonderful time taking a walk down memory lane (if you were around at that time)!

6. Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum

Car enthusiasts can rejoice because there’s a famous museum chock-full of old cars.

At the Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, you can view an unbelievable collection. And, an avid car collector with a lot of car knowledge owns all the cars.

Tour the museum by making an appointment for a tour in the evening during the week or weekend.

During the tour, don’t be afraid to ask the owner a bunch of questions. It’s pretty cool that he shares his collection with everyone!

He’s likely more than happy to answer any questions and converse with car lovers like himself.

7. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery opened in September of 2004 and is a project of Southeast Healthcare.

It’s a powerful gallery that seeks to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. It also hopes to end the shaming of people going through recovery.

Usually, the gallery sponsors around five to eight exhibits a year.

The exhibits often show works from artists all over the country. These artists beautifully express the stages of their illness through art.

Don’t miss out on viewing incredible and touching works of art. And, learn more about mental health and what you can do to help educate others.

In Conclusion

There’s no question; you can learn a lot at museums. If you have the opportunity to visit them in your area, head to a local museum that interests you.

You’ll gain knowledge on a topic you love — new or old. And, you may leave the museum with a fresh perspective on life as well.

Stretch yourself to tour new museums that focus on different subjects. Without a doubt, you’ll leave inspired and excited to visit more.

Now that you’re knowledgeable of which museums to visit in Columbus — go out and explore. With all the options, you’ll never get bored!


Jill Bowers is the property manager at Industry Columbus with eight years’ experience managing luxury communities in the Village Green portfolio throughout the central Ohio area.

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