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The Columbus Museum: A Treasure of Art and History in Georgia

Mar 19, 2024 08:35AM ● By Desi Phillips

If you are looking for a place where you can learn, explore, and enjoy the wonders of art and history, look no further than the Columbus Museum. The museum, located in Columbus, Georgia, is a major artistic and cultural center for the Chattahoochee Valley. The museum, which was founded in 1953, houses more than 14,000 artifacts and objects that showcase the rich and diverse history of the region, as well as an impressive collection of American art from various periods and styles.

The museum is currently undergoing a major renovation project, which aims to modernize the building, enhance the visitor experience, and make the museum more accessible and appealing to younger audiences. The renovation, which started in 2022, is expected to be completed by summer 2024 and will feature a new entrance, a redesigned lobby, a revamped gift shop, a refreshed cafe, and updated galleries and exhibition spaces. The museum's temporary location is at 1327 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA. 

While the building is under construction, the museum is not letting its mission of bringing art and history to life go to waste. The museum has launched a series of programs and events called “The Columbus Museum on Tour”, which allows the public to enjoy the museum’s collection at various venues around the Chattahoochee Valley, such as libraries, schools, parks, and community centers. The tour is a great way to reach new and diverse audiences, create partnerships with local organizations, and adapt to different spaces and formats.

The museum also offers a virtual museum, where visitors can explore the museum’s exhibits and programs online. The virtual museum features interactive and immersive content, such as videos, podcasts, quizzes, games, and more. The virtual museum is a convenient and accessible way to enjoy the museum from anywhere, anytime, and on any device. The virtual museum also provides educational and fun activities for children, families, and teachers.

The museum is also preparing for a grand reopening celebration, which will invite visitors to rediscover the museum and its offerings in a reimagined space. The celebration will include a gala, a family day, a members and friends bus trip, and a documentary screening and talk back. The celebration will showcase the museum’s new look, new exhibits, and new programs. The museum staff and the community are excited and eager to welcome back visitors and celebrate the museum’s transformation. The Reopening Gala is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 6 – 11 P.M and the Columbus Museum will reopen for the public Saturday, May 4. 

The Columbus Museum is more than just a museum. It is a place where people of all ages and interests can learn, explore, and enjoy the wonders of art and history. Whether you are a fan of paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, textiles, or furniture, you will find something to admire and appreciate at the museum. Whether you are curious about the Native American, African American, military, industrial, or social history of the Chattahoochee Valley, you will find something to enlighten and inspire you at the museum. Whether you are looking for a fun and educational activity for yourself, your family, or your friends, you will find something to suit your needs and preferences at the museum.

The Columbus Museum is a treasure of art and history in Georgia, and it is waiting for you to explore it. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the museum in a new and exciting way. Visit the museum’s website for more information on the renovation, the tour, the reopening, and the programs and events. The Columbus Museum is located at 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906. Admission is free.