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Columbus - 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.



Wednesday, March 7, 2018
A great place to see art from Ohio artists. A lot of cool stuff. The staff is friendly and the building very clean. There is a parking lot nearby that you sometimes don't have to pay for (it's $5 if you do). There are also lower rates for specific groups like children and students.

Jaleel Asante

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
I think this is a beautiful museum. I love museums that are themselves aesthetically pleasing and seek to become works of art as well as repositories of art. They have a museum store which is stocked with tons of interesting and beautiful things. I recommend this museum to those who are looking for a day of art, intrigue and experience. The outside has neat places to hang out and take a meal.

Chelsea Ritchey

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
Worth a visit for all ages. The museum has some outdoor pieces you can see when walking in from the parking lot and a kid friendly space on the first floor. They encourage interaction in some areas with pencils and paper to add your perspective. They offer free admission on Sundays, with the exception of the special exhibition. There is also a restaurant in the space. This is not a very large museum and you could probably spend about 2 to 3 hours here at most.

Kurt Beard

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
The Columbus Museum of Art is an underrated gem in downtown Columbus. It has a good variety of art and many wonderful things for children. Most of the galleries have some sort of interactive children's element to them. Whether it's making your own replica, using emoji's to describe art and other things. On top of this they have a kid's room with crafts and touchable artwork. They also have an arts and craft room where you can use their supplies to make your own artwork to take home. It's a very well done museum that has art for adults and entertainment for kids.

Melynda S

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
I was so disappointed by this museum. I moved to Columbus from Dayton and the Dayton Art Institute blows this museum out of the water. I'll start by saying that I have no love of modern art, at all. I study history and have studied art history in school, I love the idea of art as a window into the past. It isn't much of a window if everything was already being documented by TV or radio. That doesn't mean I don't think there is art worth looking at that has been created after 1900, it just isn't what interests me most about art. Unfortunately that's what all of this museum is. There's a small room dedicated to older pieces but nothing really stood out in my mind. The entire bottom floor is mostly dedicated to hands-on stuff for kids. Nothing that reflects humanity prehistory, nothing that takes you through the history of mankind through art. That isn't what this museum is interested in and that's fine for some people. I recommend the drive to Dayton and a visit to DAI if you are interested in more than what this museum has to offer (it is also larger). I was so sad to live close to another art museum and find that I am not interested in ever visiting it again.

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