Sights in Columbus

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Rear of Ohio State House

Rear of Ohio State House

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Columbus is not the most exciting city in the United States, but there are some interesting sights.

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Ohio Historical Society

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Ohio Historical Society
Ohio Historical Society
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The Ohio historical society museum gives a fine overview of the history of the state.  Exhibits include an overview of the flora and fauna of the state, a comprehensive look at the various Native American civilizations with diagrams of major mound builder centers and lots of artifacts, and an exhibit chronicling the history of the state from 1803 to the 1970s.  Outside, there is a recreation of the central square of a typical Ohio village.  The buildings have unfortunately been closed since 2002 due to budget cuts, but you can still walk around the outside.  more..

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Franklin Park Conservatory

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The oldest part of the conservatory goes back to the end of the 19th century and was built on the model of the Crystal Palace in London.  The conservatory has several interesting sections of plant life covering the rainforest, the Himalayas, the desert, and the Pacific Islands.  There is also a small palm house, as well as displays of orchids and bonsai trees.  There is a small botanical garden out back.

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Columbus Museum of Art

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Columbus Art Museum
Columbus Art Museum
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Not the most impressive art museum in the world, there are still some paintings of interest.  The old masters gallery contains a Ruebens, and the collection of impressionists and post impressionists gives a pretty comprehensive overview of those movements.  Displays range from the Italian Renaissance to Modern Art.  There is a nice children's wing.

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James Thurber House

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James Thurber House
James Thurber House
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This is a partially restored house from the late 19th century that James Thurber lived in while attending OSU.  A self guided tour includes anecdotes from Thurber's time living there.  The house is on a cul-de-sac that features several restored late nineteenth century houses, though none of the others are open to the public.

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Ohio Statehouse

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Rear of Ohio State House
Rear of Ohio State House
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This impressive example of Greek Revival Architecture was built between 1839 and 1861 and has an interesting drum-shaped dome.  Visitors are free to walk through much of the building and are able to peak into both the house and senate chambers.  There is a small museum in the basement that traces the history of the building.

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