Presidential Pathways / Columbus

Columbus Museum

1251 Wynnton Rd
Columbus, GA 31906

706-748-2562
  • The Columbus Museum in Bloom

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  • Chicken George at the Columbus Museum

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  • Bradley Olmsted Garden at the Columbus Museum

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  • Always Changing...Always Free

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  • The Columbus Museum in the evening

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  • Hermit the Horse

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  • Transformations, children’s interactive discovery gallery

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  • The Columbus Museum Shop

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  • Chattahoochee Legacy Gallery

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  • Docent led tour

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  • Chihuly Boat Installation

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As an American art and regional history museum, and the second largest general museum in Georgia, the Columbus Museum offers a diverse collection to the public. The museum houses more than 14,000 artifacts and objects that tell the story of the Chattahoochee River Valley's development, an American fine art collection from a host of renowned American artists, a hands-on gallery for children, the finest traveling exhibitions from across the U.S., and the historic Bradley Olmsted Garden. In addition, the museum also features a range of events and educational programming for adults, families and children. The museum is always changing and always free, so come back again and again to experience award-winning collections and new and exciting programs.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 8:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission $0.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Meeting Facilities, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Indoor Location, Open Year 'Round, Outdoor Location

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly, Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    185, 85

    Payment Options

    Mastercard, Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Troublemakers & Trailblazers

    Troublemakers & Trailblazers

    03/18/2015 - 02/07/2016

    This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics of discussion, as well as what it means to "do the right thing." An overarching theme is how we perceive "trouble" and how these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history.

    Featured ind... read more

  • Chattahoochee Cookin' Exhibit

    Chattahoochee Cookin' Exhibit

    03/22/2015 - 09/20/2015

    The Chattahoochee Valley has its own proud culinary heritage, which forms the basis of Chattahoochee Cookin'. This exhibition will spotlight local foodways from the perspective of both food producers and consumers, ranging from historic Muscogee (Creek) sofke to contemporary Dinglewood scrambled dogs.

    Pecans, peanuts, corn, and other crops will be discussed, as well as more sugary delights. The exhibition will also spotlight local beverages, with cola drinks featured alongside locally... read more

  • Poetry of Earth: Works by Sally Bradley and Stephen Hawks

    Poetry of Earth: Works by Sally Bradley and Stephen Hawks

    05/31/2015 - 10/11/2016

    Poetry of Earth highlights the work of two local artists whose works intersect with art and nature. Sally Bradley paints landscape views of the Chattahoochee Valley, and Stephen Hawks produces ceramic works using Georgia clay. The title of the exhibition is inspired by John Keats' On the Grasshopper and Cricket; the first line says "The poetry of earth is never dead." In this poem, he expresses his appreciation for the continuous cycle of change in the natural world and celebrates the harmony... read more

  • Once Collected, Always Cherished Highlights from the George Greene and J. Kyle Spencer Collections

    Once Collected, Always Cherished Highlights from the George Greene and J. Kyle Spencer Collections

    08/16/2015 - 01/10/2016

    The Columbus Museum recently acquired several items from the collection of the late Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene. An avid collector of local historical artifacts for decades, Greene served on the Museum's History Committee and applied a keen eye to capturing the rich heritage of the Chattahoochee Valley. Chief among these is an extensive archive related to the musician "Blind Tom" Wiggins, as well as several items related to the Civil War in Columbus. The museum is proud t... read more

  • Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker

    Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker

    08/23/2015 - 07/31/2016

    In August, artist René Shoemaker will transform the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view until the following July. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character of a city or place. For her exhibition at The Columbus Museum, the artist has created site-specific works about the Chattahoochee Valley after visiting here and immersing herself in its sights, sounds, and smells and making pr... read more

Meeting Rooms

  • Name Dimensions Ceiling Ht Sq. Feet Banquet Cap. Theater Cap. Classroom Cap. U-Shaped Cap. Exhibit Cap. Conference Cap. Reception Cap.
    Turner Galleria - - - 200 - - - - - 500
    Wright Community Room - - - 100 - 150 - - - 150
    Patrick Theatre - - - - 298 - - - - -