Columbus, GA 31906
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
Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Meeting Facilities, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours
Family-friendly, Free Admission , Indoor Location, Open Year 'Round, Outdoor Location
Near Interstate Highway
Suitable for Ages
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
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
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
Light up the Garden
06/04/2015 - 07/16/2015
The Young Art Patrons of the Columbus Museum are hosting a fundraiser to raise money for installation of outdoor lighting in the Bradley Olmsted Garden. Each year, the Young Art Patrons host a season of live music, food and fun in the Bradley Olmsted Garden with "In the Garden Concert Series."
With installation of outdoor lighting in the garden, the "In the Garden Concert Series" will be able to provide a safe, lively, environment to carry out the festivities throughout each evening an...read more
Summer Camp: Mixed Media Madness- Ages 5-7
07/06/2015 - 07/10/2015
Get creative and learn about mixed media works and unleash your imagination as you construct your own works of art. Mixed media refers to art made with more than one traditional art medium. In this class, students will experiment with various visual mediums and learn that artists can mix many materials to create beautiful works of art. At the end of the week, campers will have a special exhibition of their work.
July 6-10: Mixed Media Madness
Instructor: Lyn Lace...read more
Art History Seminar: What We Wore: Clothing in American Art
07/08/2015 - 07/22/2015
This three-session class will highlight works in the Columbus Museum's collection to discover important periods and styles in fashion history. We'll discuss the kind of clothing that was worn by people on the special occasion of having their portraits made, as well as more everyday garb. Examples of garments from the Museum's collection will also be explored. Each class session will include a slide lecture followed by a short gallery walk. You can bring your own lunches or order them through ...read more
Fantastic Fridays: Rialto Jazz | Jazz Tells Stories
07/10/2015 - 07/10/2015
During this performance, world-class jazz musicians engage students in soundscapes and tales as they explore elements of story through the varied, complex, and diverse medium of jazz.
Fantastic Fridays bring a variety of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers to the Columbus Museum! Each program relates to objects and themes found in the museum's permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Each performance begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Patrick Theater. The museum doors open...read more
July Second Saturday
07/11/2015 - 07/11/2015
Join guest artist Yadira Padilla at the art cart as we explore patriotism through the art of mixed media. Combining collage with painting, we will explore different techniques on how the two can work together as you create your own unique masterpiece. After your visit to the art cart, go on a gallery hunt with a patriotic themed scavenger hunt. Join us at 11 a.m. for a story time reading of Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson. This story time will...read more
Summer Camp: Passionate About Painting- Ages 8-10
07/13/2015 - 07/17/2015
Passionate About Painting is perfect for campers looking to expand their artistic horizons. Campers will have the chance to experiment with a variety of traditional and contemporary painting techniques. Inspired by the Museum's Permanent Collection, campers will explore painting as it has evolved throughout the years. From watercolor to encaustic, we will leave no painting unturned. Campers will end the week with a special exhibition of their work.
July 13-17: Passion...read more
Third Thursday: Chattahoochee Cookin’ with Neal Lucas
07/16/2015 - 07/16/2015
Chattachoochee Cookin' is Neal's debut at the Columbus Museum. This will be an evening of Southern Music, art and food at its finest! During the music break, go on a gallery walk of the Museum's newest exhibition Chattahoochee Cookin'.
The music of Neal Lucas is a blend of Southern Rock, Bluegrass and the Blues. It must be said that he is a master practitioner of all. Neal's approach to the guitar is unique in that it is an extension of his voice. As a blues singer, his gui...read more
Fantastic Fridays: Andy Offutt Irwin | Letters, Numbers, and Other Important Stuff
07/17/2015 - 07/17/2015
ABC is really as easy as 1-2-3 in this light-hearted program of counting, alphabet and spelling songs. Childlike original songs (enhanced by guitar and an assortment of weird mouth noises) include the little-known classics "My Fingers Equal My Toes," "You Are a Goofy Kid" and "Socks Go Between My Feet and My Shoes."
Fantastic Fridays bring a variety of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers to the Columbus Museum! Each program relates to objects and themes found in the museum...read more
Summer Camp: Art and Nature - Ages 11-13
07/20/2015 - 07/24/2015
Nature is everywhere in art! During this week, campers will learn about artists and famous works of art inspired by nature. They will use their natural curiosity to explore the many wonders of nature and will learn how nature connects with art by providing inspiration. Campers will be encouraged to observe and use their senses through various activities. They will create art using natural materials in combination with other media. By understanding the importance of nature, campers will be mor...read more
Lunch & Lecture: Rum Renaissance: Richland Rum Distillery, presented by Erik and Karin Vonk
07/23/2015 - 07/23/2015
Rum was America's spirit of choice long before Bourbon or Whisky. In the 1700's, rum distilleries thrived in New England more than a century ahead of the emergence of Bourbon in the late 1800's. Then Scotch boomed, followed by Bourbon, Rye and Single Malt. Today there is a Rum Renaissance! During this Lunch & Lecture, learn more about Georgia's own award winning Richland Rum distillery, its history and the process of rum-making in Richland, Georgia.
Deadline for Lunch Orders: ...read more
Fantastic Fridays: Sean Driscoll | Diggery Digger’s Dino Adventure
07/24/2015 - 07/24/2015
Travel back in time during this fun show featuring incredible props including large animated characters, beautiful puppets, intriguing magic and rocking music! During this memorable adventure, the audience will interact by digging up fossils, helping solve puzzles, and singing songs!
Fantastic Fridays bring a variety of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers to the Columbus Museum! Each program relates to objects and themes found in the museum's permanent collection and tempo...read more
Workshop: Savor the Seasons: The Art of Canning and Preserving
07/25/2015 - 07/25/2015
Instructor: Jenn Collins, environmental scientist and blogger at thedewabides.com
Learn the basics of food preservation and water bath canning so you can enjoy flavorful, local food all year long. Materials will be provided, including a jar of freshly-preserved produce and the tools you need to get started in your own kitchen. Class is limited to eight participants.
Deadline to register: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 ...read more
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
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