The best museums in Columbus in December 2023

These are the top 10 best museums in Columbus, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Columbus? These are the best ones:

  1. COSI1

    COSI

    Columbus, OH
    COSI, officially known as the Center of Science and Industry, is a renowned science museum and research center located in Columbus, Ohio. The museum was first opened to the public on the 29th of March, 1964, and has since been a hub for scientific exploration and learning. It offers a wide range of interactive exhibits and educational programs, making it a great destination for tourists interested in science and technology.
  2. Wexner Center For the Arts2

    Wexner Center For the Arts

    Columbus, OH
    The Wexner Center for the Arts, located at Ohio State University in Columbus, United States, serves as a contemporary art gallery and a 'research laboratory' for the arts. This unique combination makes it a place where art is not only displayed but also created, offering a dynamic and engaging experience for visitors.
  3. Kelton House Museum and Garden3

    Kelton House Museum and Garden

    Columbus, OH
    The Kelton House Museum and Garden, located in the Discovery District of Downtown Columbus, Ohio, is a Greek Revival and Italianate mansion. This architectural style is a testament to the historical significance of the building and provides a unique aesthetic experience for visitors.
  4. Ohio Craft Museum4

    Ohio Craft Museum

    Columbus, OH
    Visit the only museum in the Midwest exclusively devoted to fine craft. Try their artist lectures or hands-on workshops for children and adults.
  5. Columbus Museum of Art5

    Columbus Museum of Art

    Columbus, OH
    The Columbus Museum of Art, situated in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio, is a significant cultural institution that was inaugurated on January 22, 1931. It was the first art museum to register its charter in the state of Ohio, marking a significant milestone in the state's cultural history.
  6. Thurber House6

    Thurber House

    Columbus, OH
    Thurber House, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a literary center that was once the home of renowned author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber. This historic house now serves as a hub for readers and writers, promoting the literary arts and commemorating Thurber's significant contributions to literature and art.
  7. Statehouse7

    Statehouse

    Columbus, OH
    The Ohio Statehouse, a building of Greek Revival style, was inaugurated in 1857. This architectural style is characterized by its grandeur and elegance, making it a notable landmark in Columbus. The building's history and architectural style may be of interest to tourists who appreciate historical architecture.
  8. Central Ohio Fire Museum8

    Central Ohio Fire Museum

    Columbus, OH
    The Central Ohio Fire Museum, located in Downtown Columbus, Ohio, is a unique destination that offers a glimpse into the history of firefighting. The museum is housed in the former Engine House No. 16 of the Columbus Fire Department, a building with a rich history dating back to 1908. This historic building adds an extra layer of authenticity to the museum experience, making it a fascinating place to visit for those interested in history, architecture, or firefighting.
  9. National Veterans Memorial and Museum9

    National Veterans Memorial and Museum

    Columbus, OH
    The National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) is a significant landmark in the United States, dedicated to the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. It is situated in Columbus, Ohio, making it a notable destination for those interested in military history and the personal stories of veterans. The museum's location along the Scioto River between Franklinton and Downtown Columbus adds to its appeal, offering visitors a scenic view of the city.
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    Orton Hall Museum

    Columbus, OH

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