The Columbus Museum is an art museum that is vibrant, fun and, at the same time, peaceful. Founded in 1953, the museum manages to capture the attention and interests of adults and children alike with an award-winning permanent display, temporary exhibitions and interactive gallery for children. The museum also offers programs and classes for those aged 2 and above and various tours for groups of ten or more.
The permanent collection also has an online audio tour, and varies from fine art to decorative art to regional history.
Current temporary exhibits include Stewart County, Georgia artist and poet Thomas Jefferson Flanigan’s works in the History Gallery and works by former Atlanta-based artist Avantika Bawa throughout the museum. Upcoming exhibitions include American Innovation: Brilliant Glass (1876-1917), American Tradition: Southern Pottery (1800-present) both of which will be in the galleria cases, and 150 Years Later: Our Civil War and Its Legacy which will be in the History Gallery.
Upcoming programs include November 5th’s “Day of the Dead” which will celebrate Latin America’s holiday with crafts, art and performers from 1:00pm-4:00pm; “Veteran’s Day” on November 11th from 1:00pm-4:00pm will be an afternoon of art and history honoring our nation’s veterans, and children can make a craft to share with a veteran in their lives. For the “Family Art Affair” on November 14th from 1:00pm-4:00pm families will delve into the art of pottery-making to celebrate the American Traditions: Southern Pottery (1800-present) exhibit. These programs are free.
Impressively, the museum also has “Toddler Time” for the 2-4 year-old set. These classes are $5 per child and you must register ahead of time by contacting Melinda Durham at email@example.com. “Toddler Time” will be held on November 9th with classes from 10:00am-11:00am or 3:00pm-4:00pm. Children will hear a story and then have time to create their own works of art.
Located in midtown Columbus at 1251 Wynnton Road, the museum is easily accessible by all major highways. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm, and Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays.
When you visit in person be sure to check out their gift shop and grounds. The gardens are beautifully landscaped, there are a few works of art outside and also a fountain. The museum is also always looking for volunteers. To volunteer or to ask questions about volunteering, please call Jennifer Morgan at 706.748.2562, ext. 212.
The Columbus Museum also has online greeting cards available to share. The museum really has something for everyone and is a great (free!) way to spend an afternoon.