I've lived in Columbus since 2003 (permanently since 2006) and haven't been to the Ohio Historical Society until now. I don't know why. It's a pretty cool place with lots of Ohio history ranging from prehistoric animals, native American tribe information and artifacts and Ohio products/companies like White Castle. There's a lot to look at, it's in a cool building and the gift shop is pretty nice. You can definitely waste a few hours here snapping photos.
The first few images above are my favorites. Especially the first one. I've always loved the miniature dioramas in museums because of the detailing and colors palettes--they create moods. They also remind me of the movies Night At The Museum and The Indian In The Cupboard--both films about figurines coming to life. The Indian In The Cupboard was my jam in 1995--I watched that shit over and over and over.
I'm really obsessed with Trilobites and I don't know why I haven't dished out money for a few fossils yet. I've spent many hours on ebay looking at them. It's pretty cool thinking about how all of these animals once roamed Ohio.
White Castle is a Columbus native and I liked the little exhibit showing all of their original-early product packaging. I've never been a fan of the food though, even in my early 20s drinking-every-weekend phase.
So yeah, that concludes my little trip to the Ohio Historical Society. I'm glad it's getting warmer to go out and do things.