The mission of Thurber House is to "celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue Thurber's legacy of humor." The gentleman this mission refers to is James Thurber, the humorist and cartoonist famous for his genre-transcending witticisms. Thurber House, located in the college-age home of the writer, is both a non-profit center promoting literacy and a museum of the writer's life and materials. The first two floors of the home are open for daily tours and, in the spirit of truly knowing the Thurber legacy, guests are encouraged to touch many items in the home.
The Riffe Gallery, run by the Ohio Arts Council, differs from its neighboring galleries in that it focuses on folk art and craft exhibitions. The gallery also shows mixed media and contemporary paintings but mainly reserves its space for Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries. Be sure to check out the many children's activities offered here.
The King Arts Complex is the anchor of a small African American community east of downtown Columbus. Here, performing arts troupes from a wide variety of disciplines come to entertain the people. Over the course of the year, a varied program of music, dance, theater, discussion, workshops, luncheons, art openings and more keep the place humming. Special attention is paid to African roots, religion and jazz. See website for full calendar.
586 E Town Street Columbus, OH 43215 +1 614 464 2022
Historic Kelton House is an actual physical relic of a bygone era, restored to its original grandeur and open to all so that John and Jane Q. Public might venture a journey into the past. The Kelton Family were Columbus society at its finest, and as such they amassed an immaculate collection of period furniture and other items, and cataloged via scrapbook and diary the details of daily life in the 1800s. All of this and more is on view, as well as a lush garden out back. What's more, this one-time stop on the Underground Railroad is said to be haunted. Beware! See website for further history and complete visitor details.
107 N 9th Street Columbus, OH 43215 +1 614 224 9101
The Columbus College of Art & Design is a renowned institution to which aspiring artists and designers flock from the far reaches of the region. The looming "ART" sculpture (one of the most recognizable sights in the city) out front acts as a signal to passersby that this is the place to be if you want to experience some creativity. Depending on the timing of your visit, galleries may be open to the public, showcasing works by students, faculty or others. See website for enrollment details and gallery info.
333 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215 +1 614 228 2674
Perched on the western bank of the river and across from downtown, the hulking COSI building is jam-packed with thrilling explorations of the world of science. Entertaining movies, hands-on workshops and interactive exhibits all aim to encourage the young (and young at heart) to discover new and exciting things about the natural world around them. Family-themed events and overnight adventures are scheduled throughout the year. See website for admission prices and event information.
Located off the dock at Battelle Riverfront Park, The Santa Maria is an exact replica of one of the original trio of sailing ships used by Christopher Columbus and his crew on their first voyage to the New World. Visitors are invited to come aboard and enjoy period amenities (tools, games and more), informative exhibits and the romance of the high seas. Check the website for more details.
Downtown Columbus has a riverfront to rival that of every other river city. It is a largely undeveloped one, but nicely landscaped paths and gardens line its banks throughout Battelle Riverfront Park, making for great picnicking and leisure. If it's a nice day for boating, there's a boat launch and some docks at the disposal of boaters. There's even a modest amphitheater at which to hold events.
480 East Town Street Columbus, OH 43215 +1 614 645 0197
The Columbus Topiary Garden is a topiary garden unlike any other. Whereas the average topiary garden collects a bunch of random figures doing random things, this one is a unified work. It recreates Georges Seurat's classic painting 'A Sunday on the Island of La Grand Jatte' in three dimensional shrubberies. Each life-size (if not larger) figure plays the part of a figure in the painting, and it is marvelous. An on-site museum will fill you in on the history of the park, the Old Deaf School, and the surrounding neighborhood. Hours are daily from sunrise to sunset.
96 S Grant Avenue Columbus, OH 43215 +1 614 645 2275
The main branch of the Columbus Metro Library is many things. First and foremost, it is a library, providing the people of the city with the material they need to better themselves. Second, it is a stunning historic building, worthy of placement in a period film about a smart-looking library. Finally, it is am inviting event space, hosting an array of programming throughout the year, some aimed exclusively at children, some aimed at the general public.
The Columbus Topiary Garden is a topiary garden unlike any
other. Whereas the average topiary garden collects a bunch of random figures doing random things, this one is a unified work. It recreates Georges Seurat's classic painting 'A Sunday ...
Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
Located on the Ohio State University campus, Value City Arena
is home to sporting events and world class entertainment. Sprawling at over 700,000 square feet, there's plenty of room for action. With on location ATMs, hospitality areas, clubs, and ...
Downtown Columbus has a riverfront to rival that of every
other river city. It is a largely undeveloped one, but nicely landscaped paths and gardens line its banks throughout Battelle Riverfront Park, making for great picnicking and leisure. If ...