I was a bit cynical about the Columbus Museum of Art. It appeared to be a very small museum relative to others I have been to (like the famous one in Cleveland).
I went on Thursdays when the CMA stays open late. There was an interactive show upon entering that looked a bit jumbled but people were having fun.
By the end of my visit I realized the CMA is a cultural gem in this city. Rather than just present art in chronological fashion, the CMA emphasizes context and exchange between often seemingly unrelated pieces of fine and popular art.
This it successfully does in an atmosphere that feels like one's own private gallery rather than a big, impersonal art institution.
The Scioto Mile is an appealing and attractive new addition to the Downtown. It provides a continuations of Bicentennial Park North along the Scioto River. I entered just off of South Front Street.
The project has a bit of a Northern European flavor about it- especially around the fountain area. There is an attractive restaurant that overlooks all the main area, too. There is a very clever design of "shooting" sprays of water from the ground up that allows people- especially children- to cool themselves without jumping into a regular fountain.
The walk North has very thoughtful seating areas, including some relaxing swing couches along the way!
The North Market is a very bustling place for locals and visitors alike. There is an appealing range of specialty foods available (pricey, however). Some outdoor seating is available as well as an entire upstairs that reminds me a bit of a grain elevator where one may sit, relax and eat. The only obstacle to getting inside is the army of badge-wearing "greeters" outside the market who are hawking the local homeless paper.
The most useful first stop on the OSU campus is the Ohio Union which is very impressive in size and scope of services offered. Plenty of free info and assistance is available to students and visitors, alike. tickets to assorted events can be purchased here.
If you leave thru the back door and head towards the attractive Oval (the only really pretty bit of campus) you will end up at the Thompson Library. The Thompson is the most impressive general university library I have ever seen in-person It has a lot of new and just enough old parts of it to be both state-of-the-art and traditional at the same time.
A definite must is to visit the refreshed Grand Reading Room on the 2nd floor. This is the "old" bit that has amazing light and ambiance. Then head to the Campus reading Room on the 11th floor where there is the best view of the campus and the city from on-high. Wonderful!
The German Village historic district is a remarkable area. Most of these wonderful houses were saved by concerned citizens who took preservation matters into their own hands. I know of no comparable place like it in my travels. Walk, stroll and patronage the blocked streets of this charming area. A special treat (in the day time) is to go to Schiller Park which is just perfectly proportioned. Utterly charming!
The German Village Meeting Haus is very nice in welcoming visitors. there is a short video one may watch and very helpful volunteers who share their area knowledge with travellers.
Columbus zoo is very impressive: it’s huge and has reasonable prices (they are not as greedy as Philadelphia zoo and Camden Aquarium).The zoo divides into several theme sections: North America, Asia Quest, Shores, African Forest and “Voyage to Australia and the islands“.” Animals on Safari” is a show where stars are animals ,and as good as the one in Sea World . North America part of the Zoo can boast with it’s collection of Grizzly bears, wolverines, artic foxes, brown bears and Polar bears underwater viewing. Asia Quest has unique red panda (I saw ones in Bronx Zoo, but they have glass train that passes throw panda reserve ,as for Columbus you can see them closer and not through the glass.) and Sun bears, Amur Tigers and Pallas‘ Cats. Shores has flamingoes, alligators (big ones),Humboldt penguins, aldabra tortoises and manatees too.
Australia part has koalas, kangaroos walk about (you can walk next to it the same as goat barn stuff) and lorikeets garden. African Forest boasts of its Okapis, bonobos and monkeys indeed. It is surely a lovely place to spend a day with kids and friends!See my vidios to enjoy bathing bear and wolverine
Columbus Art museum is not that huge as Philadelphia or New York ones, but a very neat and cozy place. Another thing that is very interesting and attractive they have a kid’s corner on the first floor and some activities tables or boards in every hall. I’ve never seen it in another museum, unless it’s a kids one. The museum has a good collection of Picasso and Monet. The admissions are free on Sundays. My family really enjoyed it and we also found our favorite American artist Norman Rockwell’s pictures there.
At 1 Waterfront Plaza are part of the remains of the world's first supercritical-pressure steam-electric generating unit to operate commercially. The significance of this General Electric and Babcock & Wilcox joint venture was fossil fuel electrical power generation efficiency jump from under 30% to nearly 40%. The plant first started power generation in 1957 and was decomissioned in 1979. The turbine parts are artwork, pieces left over after demolition of the plant that was located near Zanesville, OH. Check the web link below for engineering specifics of this outdoor exhibit that's free to those walking by on the street anytime of the day or night.
Although German immigrant influence dates back to the colonial period, starting in 1841 there was a sizeable influx of German immigrants into Columbus, settling on the south side of the capitol area. The neighborhood of German style brick architecture and brick paved streets fell into abandonment, neglect, and overall decline during and after World Wars I and II. During the 1950's and early 1960's, the German Village neighborhood became isolated as it was cut off from the Capitol and river areas through industrialization and freeway development. However, starting in 1960, the remaining German-American community also began organizing historical preservation of the streets and buildings, and placement of the entire neighborhood the National Register of Historic Places. There are some 1,600 restored homes, as German Village claims to be the largest privately preserved historic district within the USA. The narrow brick paved streets are a joy to wander.
Although there is a Plethora of movie theaters in the Columbus area, I feel that there are only a few worth mentioning in a tour guide, one of them is the Drexel. The Drexel at the South Campus Gateway is set apart from other theaters because they not only show mainstream pictures, but also odd films, and foreign films. (Some of them gems, others, probably not so much). I saw Volver (by Almodovar) there and really loved it. My friend saw the movie Shortbus there and left early (he said it scarred him), so you win some and you lose but you don't know until you try.
ticket prices are a little high with:
but students and seniors are reasonable at:
$6:00 & $6:50
Also every Friday night they have a comedy improv show. The 8th floor Improv Comedy group performs in their multimedia room. Tickets are at the door, and only 5$. With two showings 8 and 10:30 for those early birds and night owls. I haven't gone to see them yet, but I plan to on my next Friday night free.
It depicts in topiary the painting A Sunday On The Island Of La Grande Jatte. This was one of Georges Seurat's paintings. There are 54 topiary people, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey, a cat and a real pond. There is a bronze plaque which shows the painting as Georges Seurat saw it. It is a pretty nice park. You can sit and look at the topiaries relax and read.
W elcome to the German Village History page. This project was undertaken to be the single source for historical information regarding German Village. German Village has a rich history that spans almost a century and a half of time. When it is impossible to reference every single bit of history affecting the area we have done our best to include all documented information available to us.
The area known as German Village today was laid out as South Columbus in 1841. The name German Village is due to the significant German immigrant population that settled in South Columbus, the largest arriving between 1840 - 1860.
The immigrants came to the United States to escape oppression in their country and to enjoy the blessings of liberty and the rights of citizenship. This they accomplished and at the same time their ways, customs and characteristics were preserved. This close knit group of German immigrants, not unlike many American immigrants of the time, kept their culture intact by speaking German in the schools and churches they built as well as publishing German newspapers.
The Ohio Statehouse was built between 1839 and 1861, largely by prison labor. It is in the Greek Revival style because the United States had recently won its independence from Great Britain, and the Greek Revival architecture didn't look like anything British. Limestone for the building was quarried nearby from the banks of the Scioto River.
When we took the tour on a Sunday afternoon we were shown the Governor's chambers, which is not normally open to visitors. As luck would have it, a group of Japanese VIPs were touring the Statehouse that hour, and the Governor was absent, so we were allowed the special privilage.
Free tours are given Mon. - Fri. 10-3, and weekends, 12-3, on the hour.
Tours take about 45 minutes. Allow extra time to explore the Educational and Visitors Center and the Statehouse Museum Shop.
Hoover Dam, near Westerville, Ohio, dams the Big Walnut Creek to form the Hoover Memorial Reservoir. This reservoir is a major water source for the city of Columbus, Ohio. It holds 20.8 billion gallons of water and has a surface area of 3,272 acres. The dam is, however, said to be much smaller than the better-known Hoover Dam on the Colorado River which ofcourse we haven't seen!
The dam was dedicated in 1955. It was named for two brothers, Charles and Clarence Hoover, to honor their careers with the City of Columbus Waterworks. It makes for a ver nice place to spend the evening playing frisbee, or jogging or letting your kids feed geese! We also had a nice time watching the racoons, otters and cranes :)
All in all, an evening well spent. Before I forget there is one entrance where parking is not allowed, don't get disheartened by that as there are 2 other entrances with huge parking space.
This is our favorite spot to spot herons that wait patiently for their food (see fotos) and turkey vultures. the first time we visited here we also saw some chimney swallows nesting and some very busy and curious raccoons. (again have posted a foto)
This aviary had all the colorful birds that we kept seeing in the community, parks and everywhere we went in the USA, finally we got our fotos of these. Awesome foliage reallY!
The Ohio state bird- The cardinal is a beautiful bird, the crimson is unmistakable and in the winter it is a rare dash of color in the otherwise grey scenery! The aviary trip was our first brush with birds here in Ohio, ever since we have started visiting the metro parks in search of these birds!