Local spots to visit on International Museum Day
Thursday is International Museum Day, an unofficial holiday celebrating the institutions that preserve our culture and history.
State of play: COSI, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Ohio History Center are among beloved local heavyweights, but Central Ohio is also home to several other museums with lesser-known collections worth exploring.
🚙 Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum
This private collection of old cars and Americana is hidden inside a nondescript German Village garage.
- Those who've been there really love it — visitors rate the museum on TripAdvisor as Columbus' No. 1 thing to do.
Details: 476 E. Kossuth St. Call 614-271-0888 to schedule a private visit. Free!
🏌️♂️ Jack Nicklaus Museum
A trip to this museum dedicated to golf history and the Golden Bear's lengthy career is appropriate with the Memorial Tournament in Dublin approaching.
- It's located on the OSU campus, Nicklaus' alma mater.
Details: 2355 Olentangy River Road. 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday. $10.
🏠 Whitehall's Lustron Home
Step back in time and visit an iconic home built by the Columbus-based Lustron Corporation.
The intrigue: The company designed thousands of small, prefabricated houses in the post-World War II years and they are becoming rarer to find.
- This one was built in 1949 and later moved to Whitehall Community Park to serve as the local historical society's headquarters.
Details: 400 N. Hamilton Road. Open houses held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Free!
🎖️ National Veterans Memorial and Museum
If you haven't yet toured this museum, which opened in late 2018, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is a good time to fix that.
- The site features an exhibition called "A Midshipman's Journey" about candidates navigating the U.S. Naval Academy.
Details: 300 W. Broad St. 10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday, plus Memorial Day. $11-18; children under 5, veterans and active-duty military free.
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