Ohio History Center and Ohio Village are the perfect places to visit for some historical fun in Columbus.
Ohio Village is a full-scale 1890’s village, with characters ready to tell you about life in the 1890’s as you explore the buildings, homes, and participate in traditional activities.
The Village is closed in winter, except for special events, but the Ohio History Center has fun all year round.
Your visit at Ohio History Center features interactive exhibits exploring everything from life in the 1950s to extinct and endangered Ohio species to an exquisite collection of restored Civil War battle flags.
Ohio History Center
Ohio History Center is open Wednesdays–Sundays from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., in addition to special events.
Admission is $16/Adult, $14/age 60+ or college student with ID, $10/ages 4–12, and Free/age 3 & under. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission. Select special events may require additional fee.
Pre-purchase tickets are available, but not required. Walk-up admission is available anytime during open hours at the Ohio History Center front desk.
Read below for some of the upcoming events at Ohio History Center.
Exploring Ohio Village
Visit a reimagined 19th century community full of 1890s fun from Spring through late Fall, plus holiday events.
Set in the 1890s, Ohio Village features an era that represents a fascinating time in history, one in which technology, politics and everyday life was changing at a rapid pace.
Explore the community and meet and interact with citizens of Ohio Village; see our NEW villagers and hear their stories.
Visit the bicycle shop and discover cycling, the latest craze. Experience storytelling, food preparations and demonstrations with vintage recipe cards.
You can feed and tend to the chickens, play traditional games like croquet–an 1890s favorite–on the village green, and watch a vintage 19th century baseball game played by the Ohio Village Muffins.
Food and Drink
The Ohio Village Emporium now offers a selection of grab-n-go foods and cold beverages every day from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy your purchase at nearby picnic tables and other outdoor seating in Ohio Village, or bring your blanket for an old-fashioned picnic.
Ohio History Connection members save 10%.
Ohio Village Admission details
Open to the Public: Saturdays/Sundays for Spring 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: $16/Adults, $10/Children ages 4–12, $14/60+ or College student with ID, Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 3 and under. Parking is free.
See ohiohistory.org/ohiovillage for additional ticketing information.
800 E. 17th Ave. (I-71 and 17th) in Columbus
Events at Ohio Village and Ohio History Center
Black History Month with Ohio History Connection
Ohio History Connection is made up of the Ohio History Center and more than 50 historic sites throughout Ohio.
The Ohio History Connection celebrates Black History month with events at the Ohio History Center, and more at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center.
They offer a robust series of Black history programs including curator talks, discussions and interactive experiences. Some are virtual, so you can participate and enjoy from anywhere.
See registration and full offerings on the website.
The Tea Room
Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
$25/Participant, $20/Ohio History Connection member
The Tea Room is a contemporary version of the African American Tea Ceremony which began in the mid 19th century. Annually held on February 15, enslaved people were given the left over teas, food and china from Valentine’s Day celebrations.
This tradition evolved into gatherings held at churches and later black owned tea houses.
Designed to create an environment of fellowship and empowerment, the Tea Room will be a forum for participants to network and learn about the achievements of African Americans in Ohio.
Presidents Day 2023
Monday, February 20, 2023
All programs included with museum admission.
Celebrate Presidents Day, 2023 at the Ohio History Center! Stop by to create your own campaign memorabilia and meet several 1st-person Presidential presenters on the museum floor. Other themed activities will be available throughout the day as well. Details here.
Night at the Museum
Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 7–9 p.m.
Find out what goes on at the Ohio History Center museum after hours. Do the exhibits really come to life?
Dozens of different characters will be roaming the museum, and you can learn all about their unique place in Ohio history. Grab an autograph book (provided) and collect the signatures from your favorites! Several hands-on activities are available for kids.
This family event is so fun for all ages! See more details here.
As A Matter of Black: Film Screening and Discussion
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Tickets are $10-$15; details here.
The film, As A Matter of Black is a documentary that chronicled the work of local artists during a time of civil unrest. After a viewing of the film, Donte Woods-Spikes, the filmmaker will talk about the motivation behind his work and will lead a discussion with artists that were featured in the film.
Pleasures of the Cup at Ohio History Center
Tip your cup like they did in the 19th century with Pleasures of the Cup cocktail parties at Ohio Village. These progressive historic cocktail parties pair authentic adult beverages with stories, characters and the experience of days gone by.
See details and upcoming events.
April 5-8, 2023
Celebrate the end of winter and learn something new with the family this spring break! Join us at the Ohio History Center for a week of fun and interesting natural history programs from April 5th to April 9th. Details tba here.
War Maker-Peace Maker: The Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers and the Legacy of General William T. Sherman
April 16, 2023
The Ohio History Connection is honored to present the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers as they perform traditional songs and demonstrations, as well as a presentation on General William T. Sherman’s role and legacy in the indigenous peace treaties of the late 19th century.
Included with general museum admission. Details here.
History After Hours: Totally 80s!
Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 7-10 p.m.
$25/Adult, $20/Member adult
Dig out your crimper, grab your acid wash jeans and pop in your shoulder pads because Ohio History Connection is going back to the eighties! Join us as we jam to classic hits of the decade, play popular games of the era, enjoy toys and activities, and more!
Columbus Member Advantage Program
If you’re a member of select Central Ohio attractions, you can save $3 on general admission to Ohio History Center and Ohio Village and other attractions through the Columbus Member Advantage program. No coupon is necessary. Simply show your valid participating membership card when you visit! Limited to 4 discounts per membership per day; can’t be combined with other discounts.
Member Advantage partners for 2022 include:
- Columbus Museum of Art and Pizzuti Collection (see our article)
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (see our article)
- Dawes Arboretum (see our article)
- Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (see our article)
- LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus (see our article)
- National Veterans Memorial and Museum (see our article)
- Ohio History Center & Ohio Village (see our article)
- Wexner Center for the Arts (see our article)
- COSI (advanced tickets required)
- The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology (also qualifies for ASTC reciprocal admission)
Ohio History Center
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
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Special events; tba for 2023
Earth Day Celebration at Ohio History Center
Saturday, April 23, 2022, 11 a. m. – 3 p.m.
Seeds of Caring’s Kids as Planet Protectors: An Earth Day Celebration at the Ohio History Center is FREE!
Kids are invited to participate in multiple projects, helping them to connect with our natural history, take action to protect our environment, and invest in our planet’s future. Indoor and outdoor activities will be geared toward kids ages 4-12 and will include educational scavenger hunts, litter clean-up, reduce and reuse activities, gardening, and more.
Families are also invited to explore the Ohio History Center for FREE during the event.
Families can get more information and register at https://www.seedsofcaring.org
Victorian Tea Time
Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 11 am – noon.
Adult – $13, Senior (60+) – $11, Youth (4-12) – $7Child, (3 & under) – FREE
Ohio History Connection Member – FREE, College Students (with school ID) – $11
Drinking tea with your pinky up might not be as fancy as you think! Stop by to learn more about Victorian tea etiquette and see how to properly prepare, pour and drink tea with an Ohio Village character.
Spring Ohio Village Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays, April 2-May 22, 2022 • 10a.m.-5p.m. Come experience life in the 1890’s! Spring has sprung in our recreated 19th-century community, where William McKinley is president and Gibson Girl-style shirtwaists are trending. Explore Ohio Village on weekends through May 15, included with Ohio History Center museum admission.
Ohio Village Opening Weekend-Carnival
Sat., & Sun., May 21 and May 22, 10a.m.-5p.m. Bring the entire family and experience a day at a Victorian Carnival!
Learn about the popular entertainment of the 1890s, attend exciting performances, have your fortune told and much more. Explore Ohio Village homes and businesses, get to know the residents and play old-fashioned games on the village green.
Some features include:
Programming will include
- Sideshow Marvels from Faire Wynds Entertainment: Includes fire-eating, laying on a bed of nails, and similar tricks.
- Victorian Storytelling
- Professor Wurst’s Amazing Flea Circus (Sunday only)
- Petting Zoo
- Sly Huntly the Monster Hunter: A brief lecture from Sly Huntly, a traveling monster hunter who will share stories and evidence from creatures he’s seen all across Ohio, from Lake Erie’s Bessy to the mysterious Skyfoogle!
- The Mysterious Magnetic Lady
- Wild West Show (Saturday only)
- Carnival Games. Take a shot at numerous classic games of skill, including a ball toss, ring cane, and hooplah!
And so much more! Regular admission applies. Purchase in advance or at the door.
Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2022 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
At Storybook Village, see your favorite storybook characters magically come to life! Bring your little ones to meet classic characters and popular favorites from PBS including Pete the Cat and Elephant & Piggie. Ask Rapunzel to let down her hair, help Prince Charming in his quest, and visit with Cinderella!
This special event is made possible through a partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin Park Conservatory and WOSU Public Media.
Pleasures of the Cup at Ohio Village
Tip your cup like they did in the 19th century with Pleasures of the Cup cocktail parties at Ohio Village. These progressive historic cocktail parties pair authentic adult beverages with stories, characters and the experience of days gone by. Read more about these here!
Tickets are $40 for adults, or $35 for Ohio History Connection Members. Advanced tickets required; must be over age 21. Alcohol is included with admission. Guests will receive a sample glass with admission.
- Drinks of the Speakeasy: May 7, 2022
- Mad for Martinis: August 13, 2022
Mid-Ohio Food Collective Community Resource Fair
Friday, August 19, 2022 from 3pm – 7pm.
This free event is welcome to all families looking to enroll and access resources throughout the Columbus provider networks. Come visit with over 30 community vendors, grab a meal, and connect with great services!
Attendees can explore Ohio during the 1890’s as they interact with the historic characters and stories of the Ohio Village. This one-of-a-kind adventure back in time is full of fun and engaging moments for family members of all ages. Make sure to check out the field for 19th Century baseball with the historic Muffins baseball team!
This event will be held rain or shine at the Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211. Details here.
Crime and Corruption at Ohio Village
August 20 and August 21, 10a.m.-5p.m.
Join us as we explore the seedy side of history with Crime & Corruption! Bring the entire family and engage with fun activities linked to Ohio’s diverse and unique criminal past. Learn about day-to-day crimes that people dealt with, investigate a crime scene, and even participate in circuit court trials in our Town Hall.
While you’re there, explore Ohio Village’s homes and businesses, get to know the residents, and play old-fashioned games on the village green. Free for members; regular admission applies for non-members. Details here.
Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival
September 2-4, 2022 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Celebrate the end of summer with us at Ohio Village. More than 25 teams from across the nation will come to Ohio Village experience 1860s-style base ball with you and compete for the Ohio Cup.
Special activities all day for kids, including historic games and sports and a chance to try your hand at 1860s-style base ball with our own vintage team, the Ohio Village Muffins. Free for Ohio History Connection members or with museum admission. Learn more HERE.
History After Hours: Night in the 1890s
Sat. September 10, 2022, from 7–10 p.m.
Explore Ohio Village after hours as we relive the 1890s! Get exclusive access to village buildings, interact with characters from the time period, and try your hand at historic games and activities.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 21+ Event. $25/Adult, $20/Member Adult. Details here.
Victorian Sci-fi Weekend at Ohio Village
September 17 and September 18, 10a.m.-5p.m.
Explore the bright future envisioned by those living in the Victorian Era! Bring the entire family and engage with fun activities linked to how people in the 1890s imagined our world would look like today.
Learn about what people thought our day-to-day routines would look like, enjoy some popular science fiction films of the era, and get hands-on with some of the 19th century’s most interesting inventions.
Free for members; regular admission applies for non-members. Details here.
Ohio Archaeology Day, 2022
October 1, 2022 from 10 am – 4 pm
Special day exploring Ohio archaeology. More details to be announced.
White House Ghosts and Other D.C. Hauntings at Ohio History Center
October 22, 2022 at 1 p.m.
Why is there a British soldier still “lingering” around the White House? Is that William Henry Harrison rummaging around in the attic? Which First Ladies are sometimes “spotted” in the East Room or White House garden? Who was that “tapping” on Harry Truman’s bedroom door?
Come hear stories about strange occurrences in Washington, D.C., but only if you dare. Included with general admission. Details here.
All Hallows’ Eve Sleepy Hollow at Ohio Village
Saturdays, October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2022 from 5:30–9:30 p.m
Enjoy a traditional 19th Century Halloween with family-friendly haunted events in the village. Activities include pumpkin carving, fortune telling, crafts, games, and Halloween traditions from the 1890’s. But beware… the Headless Horseman will visit during a bonfire reading of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow each night.
Join in the 19th century masquerade party, meet the strange characters roaming the Village, and explore the funeral parlor to learn about 19th century funeral practices.
Special event requires tickets for members and non-members. Purchase on the website.
Celebrate a traditional 1890’s Halloween at All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village
Special Film Screening: America’s Hidden Stories: Vampires in America
October 30, 2022 from 1 pm – 2 pm
From the American Revolution to the end of the 1800s, a mysterious ritual spread across New England…and beyond. Graves were broken into, the organs of the dead were burned and turned into horrifying forms of medicine. The reason why: to ward off vampires. Over time, stories of these exhumations vanished into rumor and legend, but new evidence has brought these ghoulish practices back to into focus. So, were 19th century farmers really fighting vampire? Or were they facing off against a predatory phantom that was even deadlier?
Included with general museum admission. Details here.
March Through Time at Ohio Village
November 12, 2022, 10a.m.-5p.m.
Have you ever wondered what made the modern soldier the way they are? Explore the rich military history of America and the world during March Through Time! Throughout the day you’ll be able to travel throughout time as you speak with reenactors from numerous time periods, ranging from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day, and engage with hands-on activities.
Free for members; regular admission applies for non-members. Details here.
Dickens of a Christmas
Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 2022 • 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Sundays, Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 2022 • 1–5 p.m.
Ohio Village celebrates a Victorian Christmas with Dickens of a Christmas, inspired by the stories of Charles Dickens.
Wander the Village and visit with characters from Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” and the residents of Ohio Village. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, hands-on crafts, decorations, caroling, readings by candlelight, and many more Victorian holiday traditions.
Join the villagers in music, dancing, and activities of the era.
Advanced registration required, see more details here.
Kwanzaa – A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture
The Ohio History Center is hosting a Kwanzaa celebration from December 26-December 31, 2022 from 4-8 pm.
Kwanzaa, which means first fruits or harvest in Swahili, is a celebration honoring African American culture. Based on the Seven Principles of Nguzo Saba. OHC and TAWI Family Village will present two evenings of Kwanzaa that will feature African drumming, music, dance, storytelling and hands on art activities.
MLK Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 16, 2023 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Ohio History Center, Columbus
In Partnership with King Arts Complex, the Ohio History Connection presents the annual, MLK Open House.
Celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King through visual and performing art performances. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the impact of Dr. King’s teachings and learn how his work changed the trajectory of the country.
More information on the programs happening this day will be added soon! Please check back here.
Seeds of Caring MLK Day of Service
January 16, 2023 at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm
Celebrate MLK Day as a “day on, not a day off” through 5 different service stations as part of the larger MLK Day Open House Celebration.
Program is for ages 2-12; adults must accompany children. Siblings of participants outside this age range are welcome, but may find the event to be less meaningful and fulfilling.
Seeds of Caring will provide 5 youth service stations as part of the larger MLK Open House Celebration.
Activities will include making posters with Pint Size Protesters, assembling personal care kits for neighbors in need, decorating and packing snack bags for unhoused neighbors, designing bookmarks promoting diversity in literature with Harper’s Corner, and creating take-home art inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Learn more and register here.
Day of Service runs in conjunction with The MLK Open House Celebration, which is from 12-4pm with free admission. In addition to the service activities, you will find art activities, education, and live theatrical and musical performances honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Wild Ohio Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, February 4-5, 2023 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
Included with museum admission.
Join the Ohio History Center for a weekend full of natural history programing and learn more about the plants and animals that call Ohio their home! Check out the list of activities you can expect; more will be added.
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