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Best Local History & Culture in Columbus

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Kelton House Museum & Garden

Historic Kelton House is an actual physical relic of a bygone era, restored to its original grandeur and open to all. 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.

Columbus, OH, United States
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Ohio History Center

Maintained by the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio History Center aims to celebrate the history of the city. From archaeology and natural history to political and cultural artifacts, this museum has it all. So, if you're in the mood to go back into the past of the city, this is the right place to be. The center also houses a resourceful library, Ohio Village and serves as a host to numerous event venues.

Columbus, OH, United States
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Ohio Railway Museum

The Ohio Railway Museum was founded in 1945 and is among the oldest of its kind in the nation. It was originally called The Central Ohio Railfans Association and got its current name in 1993. Enjoy a round-trip ride on a streetcar or interurban. Get educated in the demonstration tour about the history of steam and electric locomotive and how it impacted the economic growth and lifestyle in the early 20th Century. The museum is into preserving and operating historic railway machinery. It aims to enlighten the public through their exhibits, publications and special events. Their collection includes trams from 1900 to 1949, interurbans (1905 to 1965), passenger cars, electric and steam engines from around 1910 through 1926.

Worthington, OH, United States
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Slate Run Living Historical Farm

Find out what farm-life was in Ohio more than a century ago at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. It features a restored Gothic-Revival farmhouse dating back to 1856 and the barn that was revived by Amish carpenters. Stroll through the house, barns and gardens to see the costumed staff giving live demonstrations including farming with draft horses and working in the house. Be a part of the activities that change according to the season. Animals like the Merino sheep and Poland China hog will keep the kids entertained.

Canal Winchester, OH, United States
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