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Best Free Museums in Columbus

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Riffe Gallery

The Riffe Gallery, run by the Ohio Arts Council, differs from its neighboring galleries in that it focuses on folk art and craft exhibitions. The gallery also shows mixed media and contemporary paintings but mainly reserves its space for Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries. Be sure to check out the many children's activities offered here.

Columbus, OH, United States
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Thurber House

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.

Columbus, OH, United States
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Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

This one of a kind museum holds the largest collection of cartoon and comic art in the country. Founded by Lucy Caswell in 1977, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum astounds visitors with the vast collections it holds. From 450,000 original cartoons, 45,000 books, and 2.5 million comic strip clippings and tear sheets, this museum has great American treasures. Rotating and visiting exhibits make their way through the museum so there's always something new to see.

Columbus, OH, United States
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Ohio Craft Museum

A venture of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the Ohio Craft Museum is the first of its kind in the Midwest that is exclusively for fine craft. From temporary to permanent exhibits, their collection features artisanal furniture, fiber art, jewelry, ceramics, paper, wood, glass and more. All these artworks are contemporary and highlight the creativity of the artist through various forms. They also provide workshops and fairs as well. Buy a unique gift from their gift shop or check out their Craft Research Library if you want to know more about this art style.

Columbus, OH, United States
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