The Ohio Statehouse Museum

The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center coordinates tours of Capitol Square and provides information about the buildings, their history and Ohio's government.

Statehouse Museum

The Ohio Statehouse Museum offers exhibits that encourage visitors to participate in the government process by making choices, expressing their opinions, comparing viewpoints and even becoming a part of an exhibit by giving a State of the State address. A thrust on contemporary issues enables visitors to better relate to the governing process. The Museum is an interactive place for learning about Ohio government for nearly 90,000 Ohio Statehouse tour visitors annually. The Museum includes interactive, hands-on exhibits that challenges visitors’ knowledge about Ohio history and the workings of state government, while equipping them to more fully participate as citizens. Historical artifacts and images will tell the stories of those who designed and built the Statehouse and those who have come to serve. Audiovisual media transport visitors to historical events and invite them to imagine themselves as governor or a legislator.

In order to help educators prepare their students for visits to the Statehouse, the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center provides free teachers' materials prior to scheduled tours. In addition, to help bring history to life for all Ohioans, the Museum Education Center also sponsors a number of free annual special events.


The Ohio Statehouse Museum is located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse in the heart of downtown Columbus on the corners of Broad and High Street.

Museum Hours of Operation:

The Ohio Statehouse Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.; closed state holidays.