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Columbus Museum of Art Columbus

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Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad Street
Columbus
OH
43215
Tel: 614-221-6801

Where are we going today?

The art world is an amazing place to be. Why? Because there is no right or wrong answer!

The Columbus Museum of Art is just one of those places dedicated to showcasing some of the best and more creative pieces of art, as well as inspiring creativity and thought in all who visit!

The Columbus Museum of Art not only has an incredible collection, but they also have rotating exhibitions, so there is always something new for you to explore!

The collections range from Early American Modernism, European Modernism, Folk Art, Old Masters and Photography - just to name a few! Each collection is so different, it's amazing what conversations can be had about why kids prefer certain ones over others. 

The older kids would appreciate the textures and the composition of the art, but the younger kids can look at the colors, and the pictures. It's a great talking point to get them analysing what they like, and maybe they will even be inspired later!

The exhibitions often cover specific artists, or a technique, they are always filled with information about the history of the artist, as well as the artwork itself. Art galleries are a place to learn too!

The museum love having people learn, and they haven't forgotten about families! There are Open Studio Saturdays every week where families of any age can drop in and explore ideas and solve creative challenges. It's also FREE with admission!

They also offer family adventures, where you can play games, share ideas and even embark on scavenger hunts! Pretty fun!

So immerse the family in the wonderful world of art, and head on down to the Columbus Museum of Art! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$5 (ages 6 to 17)
  • Free Under: 5 years and for everyone on Sundays!
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When can we go?

10am - 5:30pm Tues to Sun. 8:30pm close Thursdays

All year round. Closed Mondays and some major holidays.

Teachers corner

They have homeschool workshops, and programs for students so give them a call and see how they can help! .

I'm Hungry!

Those tummies won't be rumbling much longer when you head to the Palette Express Cafe with sandwiches, salads and sweets!.

Healthy Eating!

You can find healthy options in the cafe!.

Any Top Tips?

You can sketch with pencils but it's only permitted in the galleries. .

Need a little extra help?

Give the museum a call to see the accessibility and how they can help anyone with special needs .

Can I get one of those?

There is a Museum Store located in Gallery 6, where you can take home exhibition related items, as well as gifts, cards, books and much more! .

More information

There is parking available in the back.

What people are saying?

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    I have always loved going to the Columbus Museum of Art. The staff is incredible and the exhibits are more and more impressive each season. They are expanding now (an entire new wing) and I can't wait for it to open!

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    We love visiting the Columbus Museum of Art with our son. He really likes the small child activity room. That gets his excitement and energy out so that he's nice and calm during the rest of our art tour. On our last visit a few weeks ago we learned of the plans to expand the space. GREAT. Looking forward to experiencing that.

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    We got in free as it is part of the National American Reciprocal Museum, where we have a pass for our local one in Acton, MA.

    So with that in mind, this place was a great place to spend a couple of hours while we were driving through Columbus. It might not have been such great value if you had to pay full admission, but with kids, this place was fantastic, especially as under 5's get in free anyway.

    There is a great interactive kids section with a lot of activities for them to get involved with.

    The rest of the art collection, depends on your...Read More

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    Overall a good time, but definitely lacking compared to other museums. Collection lacks any ancient or medieval pieces, with most of the work in the museum seeming to fall between 1750 and 1950. A couple nice pieces in the collection, but upon completing my trip I felt like I must have missed a hallway leading to the rest of the galleries. Special exhibit was included in admission cost and was very good. Also many interactive features, which were very good, especially for children. Free parking is nice, but the price of admission felt rather high...Read More

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    Compared to other museums I have been in, it is not at all up to par. The collection ia weak and after having gone there a few times, it honestly became a little redundant. That's hard for me to say as I love any kind of museum in general, no matter how many times I've gone.

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by Richard Brown

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We got in free as it is part of the National American Reciprocal Museum, where we have a pass for our local one in Acton, MA.

So with that in mind, this place was a great place to spend a couple of hours while we were driving through Columbus. It might not have been such great value if you had to pay full admission, but with kids, this place was fantastic, especially as under 5's get in free anyway.

There is a great interactive kids section with a lot of activities for them to get involved with.

The rest of the art collection, depends on your taste I suppose, but I didn't think it was to bad. Not a lot of older pieces but I hadn't really expected that from a small place.

The other facilities such as the gift shop and rest rooms were also good too, as well as a lot of free parking.

by Paul Woidke

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Overall a good time, but definitely lacking compared to other museums. Collection lacks any ancient or medieval pieces, with most of the work in the museum seeming to fall between 1750 and 1950. A couple nice pieces in the collection, but upon completing my trip I felt like I must have missed a hallway leading to the rest of the galleries. Special exhibit was included in admission cost and was very good. Also many interactive features, which were very good, especially for children. Free parking is nice, but the price of admission felt rather high for such a small venue. Overall, I left happy but wishing there had been more to see.

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