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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Center of Science and Industry
Center of Science and Industry

(614) 228-2674

333 W Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215   Directions

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Discover things you never knew about the wide world of science, industry and technology at the Center of Science and Industry. The museum is dedicated to exploration for all ages and features dynamic hands-on science exhibits, live shows, and daily demonstrations that are packed with a ton of educational fun.

Central Ohio Fire Museum and Learning Center
Central Ohio Fire Museum and Learning Center

(614) 464-4099

260 N. Fourth St
Columbus, OH 43215   Directions

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Located in the heart of Downtown Columbus and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Central Ohio Fire Museum and Learning Center offers engaging activities for all ages. Your adventure begins by going back in time. As the adult visitors learn about the fire trucks of the past and the way fires used to be fought, the kids get to visit with Him the Fire Horse and hear the bells that would sound as the trucks raced through the streets. Be on the lookout for a fireman sliding down the pole!

Your adventure continues to the Fire Safety Education area that is also for all ages. A Fire Safety Educator will share ideas and tips on preventing a home fire and will guide you through the steps to take in the event of a fire, be it a kitchen fire or a fire that breaks out during the night while you sleep. First you will see a smoke-filled bedroom with a firefighter searching for a victim, then you will see how the same room looks after the fire. Both experiences provide a humbling reality of home fires. Kids can end their visit in the Jr. Firefighter Academy where they can put on fire gear, slide down a pole, and drive a firetruck to the fire. Adults are welcome to slide down the pole or do a little shopping at the gift shop. 

The Fire Museum is available to host birthday parties, business meetings, or other gatherings.

Columbus Cultural Arts Center
Columbus Cultural Arts Center

(614) 645-7047

139 W Main St
Columbus, OH 43215   Directions

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The Columbus Cultural Arts Center is the largest public gallery in Ohio. The center houses two distinctive galleries. The Main Hall Gallery showcases local, regional and national art, and the Loft Gallery showcases students' work. Monthly exhibits are ever-changing and feature an array of artistic mediums and philosophies.

Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art

(614) 221-6801

480 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215   Directions

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Art connoisseurs gather at the Columbus Museum of Art. The museum has earned a reputation for its American Modernist and European impressionist collections that draw more than 200,000 visitors from around the world each year to its gallery halls. Equally impressive are the museum's gift store and on-site restaurant, The Palette Café.

Columbus Ohio Craft Museum
Columbus Ohio Craft Museum

(614) 486-4402

1665 W 5th Ave
Columbus, OH 43212   Directions

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The Columbus Ohio Craft Museum presents Ohio Designer Craftsmen in five annual exhibitions. Exhibits like The Art of the Marble feature one-of-a-kind glass marbles, by ten artists working in styles ranging from traditional twists and swirls to unusual imagery and patterning in a wide array of colors.

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

(614) 715-8000

1777 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43203   Directions

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Blooming enthusiasts visit the Franklin Park Conservatory. Visitors of all ages grow happy with the sights, scents, and attractions in bloom across the 88-acre botanical garden in downtown Columbus. Fertilize your botanical interest when you wander through exotic plant collections, special horticultural exhibits, and attend educational work shops.

Ohio History Connection
Ohio History Connection

(614) 297-2300

800 E 17th Ave
Columbus, OH 43211   Directions

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Explore the Ohio Historical Society Museum. Learn about the state's past and future as you travel permanent exhibitions like Ohio's Ancient Past, Centuries of Change, The Nature of Ohio, Treasures of Christopher Columbus, and Ohio Architecture. Whether it's social, archeological, or political history, it's documented here.

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