Columbus Museum is a perfect place for any Columbus visitor to get a feel for the city. It’s a combination of art and history. The art is colorful and ranges from Chihuly to exquisite furniture. The history goes back to prehistoric times, dating back about 13,000 years to when prehistoric hunters and gatherers roamed the banks of the Chattahoochee River. There’s a large display of arrowheads and spear points, a huge mastodon tusk, and pottery ranging back to the Woodland and Mississippian periods.
More modern day history moves to the founding of Columbus. This occurred after the signing of the Treaty of Indian Springs with the Creeks. Some exhibits relive the American struggle to move westward. The museum deals openly with slavery and the Civil War. You’ll find detailed displays of different periods up to the more modern times like the 1996 Olympics. The museum is not just for adults. There are classes to give kids an appreciation of history.
Even for repeat visitors, there are always new exhibits in the temporary galleries. Being free makes it even better.
You can visit the Bradly Olmstead Garden surrounding the Museum . The garden dates to the 1930s. You can hike nature trails, visit a rose garden, a pool house, grotto and ravine. The garden and museum are part of Wynn’s Hill-Overlook Historic District that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.