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Pickerington, OH 43147
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Arts & Museums
The Motts Military Museum has exhibits covering all of America's major wars from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm, plus exhibits about prisoners of war, NASA, and military medals. Each exhibit includes the riveting story of the war it covers, along with fascinating historical artifacts from each, such as bygone machines, uniforms, flags, and the personal items of many well-known war heroes. Motts even has a tank donated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, which he drove for the Austrian army during his military service.
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.
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.
Located in an Italianate mansion that was built in 1852 and was once the Civil War home of a former Ohio governor, this museum makes use of the history of Kappa Kappa Gamma to trace the changing role of women in higher education throughout history. The Victorian rooms in the mansion depict the lifestyle of that era.
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 Columbus Museum of Art is a great place to get acquainted with the works of artists such as Renoir and Picasso. If intricate observations on Cubism, Picasso and the like go right over your head, helpful docents come to the rescue. Sit back and enjoy a cup of piping hot tea at the museum cafe, while surrounded by paintings by some of the world's greatest artists. Public tours are held regularly. Become a member and avail yourself of free admission and parking.
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.
Situated in the premises of Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center is a major exhibition space for the Bureau for Open Culture and the works of the college. The center believes in constant exhibits of student and professional art work to educate and inspire the students of the college community. With a major emphasis on contemporary art forms, the center acts as an experimental premise of various student and amateur artists. Call or visit their website for event updates.
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.
Offering tours and programs while bearing a relation to the city
Located in a restored early 20th-century engine house, Central Ohio Fire Museum is indeed a fun and educational place to be. Featuring old fire trucks, wagons, alarms, paraphernalia and more it gives a glimpse of a fire station from 1908 to 1982. Find out how the advancement in technology improved the safety measures and find out more about it for precaution. The museum is also known for its resident ghosts but they are not at all a cause to worry.
Located inside the Ohio State University, the OSU Urban Arts Space is a haven for art lovers. The place provides a platform to the alumni of the university as well as the students to showcase their creations here. The exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and various other diverse artistic events give visitors a broader perspective of the current art scene. This space is best explored with the guided tours offered here where one can gain maximum knowledge on the various dynamics of art.