Unique Columbus Museums and Galleries

More to Cbus Than Meets the Eye

The Columbus arts scene is a thriving one with many lesser known galleries, collections and museums that don't get much publicity. If you really want to see Columbus, take a look at its art.

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    ••• copyright Early Television.org

    5396 Franklin St.

    The Early Television Museum is the only museum of its kind in the United States and contains one of the world’s best collections of old television equipment. Displaying rare TV sets from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, some of the first color television receivers and early camera equipment. Another cool bit of fun is visitors can see what they would have looked like on a 1930 television camera!

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    131 N. High St.

    From the Website: Fresh A.I.R. Gallery exhibits the works of individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. Through art, we educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse by bringing focus to the artistic vision. The gallery exists to address stigma about mental illness and to create a venue for artists affected by mental illness or substance abuse disorders to display their work. Recovery is the journey away from stigma and towards healing. Fresh A.I.R Gallery sponsors between five and eight exhibits a year. In addition to the exhibitions, the gallery hosts a monthly Artists Circle, which is an informal gathering of artists connected to the gallery and in the community. The focus of the Artists Circle is to unite artists to gain knowledge and inspiration from one another.

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    2355 Olentangy River Rd.

    This museum honors Jack Nicklaus and golf history.​
    From the Website: The Jack Nicklaus Museum, located in the heart of The Ohio State University sports complex in Jack's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, is a 24,000 square-foot educational and historical facility. Here, you will encounter the history of golf and its greatest practitioner…take an immersive journey through Jack's brilliant career including trophies, photographs and various mementos from his unparalleled 20 major championships and 100 worldwide professional victories…and discover the many facets of this remarkable man who added so much to the history of golf.

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    ••• copyright Motts Military Museum

    5075 S. Hamilton Rd.

    From the website: Motts Military Museum was founded in 1987 by Warren E. Motts of Groveport, Ohio who established the museum as a 501 (C) 3 not for profit tax exempt educational organization. The mission of Motts Military Museum is to: “To educate the public on the importance of America’s military past through the documentation, collection, interpretation, and preservation of tangible artifacts and personal stories of the men and women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces.”

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  • 05 of 08

    1787 Neil Ave./175 Campbell Hall
    614-292-3090
    From the website: The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection is a scholarly and artistic resource of apparel and textile material culture. The 11,500+ holdings encompass a range of three-dimensional objects such as textiles and articles of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, including national dress costume, from the mid-18th century to contemporary 21st-century designers.

    The Collection is available to researchers by appointment only, Monday through Friday.

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    Warther Museum

    ••• Copyright Warthers.com

    331 Karl Ave.

    From the website: Visit the Warther Carving Museum, in Dover, Ohio, and you’ll experience the story of the Warther family and how the Warthers combined love of family and a love of hobbies to create an amazing legacy.

    Ernest "Mooney" Warther turned his joy of carving wood and ivory into creations that the Smithsonian has called “priceless works of art”. Mooney lived in a time when steam locomotives were king, so many of his carvings are steam locomotives made of walnut wood, ebony, and ivory. He combined history and artistry with motion by making the locomotives run authentically. His precision and sense of detail on the wood and ivory carvings reflect Mooney’s amazing skills and passion for steam technology. In fact, the perfection and mechanizing of his steam locomotives earned him the title of World’s Master Carver, in the 1920’s.

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    77 Jefferson Ave.

    From the website: Thurber House is the former home of American humorist James Thurber, who lived in the house with his family during his college years at the Ohio State University. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House is a literary center, book store, and museum of Thurber materials. Thurber House's programs include writing classes for children, author readings for adults, Thurber celebrations, events for children, and gallery exhibitions.

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    1050 Goodale Boulevard
    Grandview Heights, Ohio 43212

    From the website: Open Door Art Studio, located in Grandview, Ohio, is dedicated to providing art education and art services to individuals with developmental disabilities. We act simultaneously as a creative space and as a gallery.

    Our gallery regularly features the amazing artwork created at Open Door. In addition, it celebrates and displays the work of artists with disabilities from similar art programs. Open Door artists also have their work featured at alternative display spaces, galleries, and various art festivals.