Sunday, August 28, 2011

Columbus Museum of Art


It's a crime, I know.

How did I spend a year in Columbus and not have visited this museum until today? I wish I could say that it was the distance (which it is not, because we are only 3 miles or so from it), or that I didn't have time (that's always a lie when someone tells you they don't have time for ___, it's another way of saying they don't want to do the said ___. I think you would agree).


The important thing is that I finally paid a visit to the newly renovated art museum in Columbus today. And I am so glad I did.


The Columbus Art Museum, though small compared to other big city art museums, boasts an impressive collection of art work. I was happy to see some big names there: Monet, Picasso, Degas, to name a few. It is also housed in a lovely building that has well appointed lighting, mixed with a naturally sun-lit central foyer (where I assume a lot of functions and events are held).


Most impressive of all actually, was the creativity room designed for children ages 3 and older. I brought my 7 year olds along, and they were quite happy with several hands-on stations where they could creatively build something resembling the real pieces of art in front of them. We could have stayed in that room for a long time, but Mama needed to explore the rest of the museum. They only exited the room willingly when I promised to take them to the outside patio where they could play chess with gigantic pieces of pons, kings, queens and the rest.


I could go on talking about the different galleries and exhibits in the museum, but I am pretty sure that you would rather go and experience it for yourself! Admission is free through the end of August, and I believe on Sundays in general. But if you happen to get there on a different day, the cost to get in will be worth every penny, I promise.


Columbus Museum of Art
480 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 4321
Monday - Closed
Tuesday-Sunday - 10am-5:30PM
Thursdays - 10am-8:30PM


  1. What a great post Kit! The Columbus Museum of Art is a gem. I'm always surprised by the works in their permanent collection, their featured exhibits, and how they engage children. For a small museum, they pack a big punch! And they throw a good party...Doug and I were just there last night for a wedding!

  2. Thanks Linda! You should be my guest blogger sometime since you know this city inside and out!

  3. CMA is always a great inspiration...glad you finally experienced another wonderful part of Cbus.

  4. Just discovered your blog. I was born and raised in Columbus (well, Upper Arlington, but by now you've figured out the 'burbs) and it is so great to see someone featuring the many things the city has to offer. For many years I owned and operated a boutique at High and Buttles in the Short North, and I am so happy to see how much support for local businesses the community has to offer these days. I am now living in Washington, DC and often find myself longing for some of my favorite places in and around Columbus. Of course, there are the thing I knew I would miss - like Katzinger's - but I am been surprised to find that the thing I always crave is a Cream Puff from Schmidt's in German Village. Time to make a trip home, I think. Keep up the good exploring!


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