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Columbus Museum of Art

480 East Broad Street

Misson and Values:

Community: Means we’re open to all and celebrate the rich diversity of our stakeholders – from staff, volunteers, and members, to the public at large.

Integrity: Means we demonstrate trust and respect in what we do every day – from our stewardship of art to our commitment to lifelong learning.

Advocacy: Means we are fierce and proactive champions of art. We strive to preserve, share, and celebrate art in all walks of life.

Quality: Means that from the quality of our collections and exhibitions (and programs) to the quality of life in our community, we strive for the ideal.

Creativity: Means we champion new and different ways of thinking and doing.  We celebrate the process and results of creativity. And we provide opportunities for people to cultivate and discover the value of creativity in their own lives.

About Us:

Columbus Museum of Art’s mission is to create great experiences with great art for everyone. Whether we are presenting an exhibition, designing an art-making activity, serving a lunch, or giving directions to a visitor, we are guided by a belief in advocacy, quality, community, integrity, and creativity. We believe that art speaks to each and every one of us in different ways. Art inspires. Art challenges. Art thinks.

Approximately 200,000 people tour the Museum each year, many participating in programs designed for diverse audiences from school children to scholars. Art begins a conversation within ourselves and our community. The Columbus Museum of Art is where that conversation begins.

CMA houses art that speaks to diverse interests and styles. We have an outstanding collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European modern art. Our collection includes spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism. We are also recognized for extraordinary regional collections such as the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce and the world’s largest repository of paintings and lithographs by Columbus native George Bellows, who is widely regarded as the finest American artist of his generation.

In 2001, the Museum acquired The Photo League collection which includes photographs by artists Berenice Abbott, W. Eugene Smith and Weegee. In 2005, the Museum acquired the Philip and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930–1970, considered to be, according to Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator of Smithsonian American Art Museum, “unquestionably the most important collection of its kind in the country,” The collection includes works by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Ben Shahn, Lucile Blanch, Lucienne Bloch, Moses Soyer, George Tooker, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Rockwell Kent, and George Grosz. Today a commitment to contemporary art, folk art, and photography continues the Museum’s dedication to showcasing art of our time.

The Museum also presents a rich menu of traveling and CMA-organized special exhibitions that reflect the diverse voices in our community. Noteworthy exhibitions organized in part or whole by the Museum include Symphonic Poem: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, the first retrospective exhibition of Columbus artist Aminah Robinson; and Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland, chosen by the U.S. State Department as one of only three Millennium projects to tour outside the United States to help promote political, economic and cultural ties and exchanges.

A series of exhibitions inspired by CMA’s permanent collection have garnered critical and popular acclaim including Renoir’s Women, Edgar Degas: The Last Landscapes, and In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny. An emphasis on collaborations with organizations such as The Ohio State University, Ohio Arts Council, Franklin Park Conservatory, COSI, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Phoenix Theater Circle, CAPA, and Greater Columbus Arts Council further enhances Museum exhibitions and programming.


pat hughes

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Great museum to visit. It is free on Sundays and is not that busy on the free day. The children's section is a lot of fun and changes. They have added more interaction with the different areas. My family and I have always had a great experience here. Plus you can walk around the campus next to it and see some pretty cool art installations as well.

Waleska Torres-Toro

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Modern facilities, friendly staff. They have an awesome collection of classic and contemporary art pieces. So if you like movement of Post-Impressionism, you'll find a Cezanne, for Cubist few Picasso's, some examples of German Expressionism, and many local artists also have pieces in the gallery. They have signs with a phone number and a code near of some art pieces and when you there's a recording with information about the art you're looking... I found it very useful and with valuable information.

Sarah Friesen

Sunday, July 8, 2018
As a first time visitor to Columbus, this was one of the highlights to my trip. The entrance is bright and inviting. I was initially interested in the Measure of Humanity special exhibit only, but ended up going through additional exhibit halls. I enjoyed the areas which posed questions for you to write your own answers/interpretations of the art. If back in Columbus again, I will definitely return.

Orlando Ortega

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Loved it. I liked that they had interactive stations that make it easy to understand the displays and the art. Daughter accidentally stepped on a small rock display on the floor. She started crying and the staff were super nice in assuring her that it will be fine and she was not in trouble.

Montana Widener

Monday, July 2, 2018
Lovely to visit as always. Loved all the pieces there. My only complaint is that the room with the box of mirrors was replaced by a tower of boxes with projections of eyes and a mouth on them. The box of mirrors used to be the cream of the crop for all my friends and I. I hope they bring that back.

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