1690 Clara St
Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: (614) 586-1001
Fax: (614) 586-1002
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is a one-of-a-kind repository in the world since it has the biggest collection of American comic art and cartoons. It was founded by Lucy Caswell in 1977 as the Milton Caniff Reading Room and had four other former names before settling for the current one in 2009. It is an ode of its famous namesake, one of the greatest American cartoonists in the early 20th-century. Their collection features graphic novels, magazine cartoons, editorial cartoons, sports cartoons, comic books and strips. There are also original manuscripts and art of legends like Walt Kelly, Edwina Dumm, Bill Watterson, Woody Gelman, Winsor McCay and many more. It presently holds a listing of 450,000 original cartoons, 67,000 serials (inclusive of 29,000 comic books), 45,000 books, 3,000 feet (914.4 meters) of palimpsest and 2.5 million comic strip tear sheets and clippings. It is the most extensive research facility recording printed cartoon artwork. The library's open hours differ from the museum's. They are from 9a to 5p every Monday through Friday and on Sundays from 1p to 5p.
Ohio State University, established in 1870, is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the country. It boasts numerous faculties and prides itself on its academic excellence and cultural diversity. It truly justifies its motto “Education for Citizenship” by shaping its pupils into outstanding global citizens.
Wine-making is an avid art-form at Camelot Cellars, owned by fourth generation connoisseur, Janine Aquino. Choose from an extensive array of home-grown wine and flight alternatives enjoyed best with fresh salads, artisan meat and cheese platters on offer. A towering floor-to-ceiling cellar, exposed brick walls and vintage chandeliers make for a rustic yet contemporary backdrop, evident of its mission to retain the vibe of an old-school winery yet have an urban feel. Don't miss occasional tastings, workshops, cultural events and the rare opportunity to brew your own version. It's no surprise Camelot takes home the most medals at Ohio's wine Olympics of sorts.
Located on the outer edge of the Victorian Village area, Harrison West Park is a modest little neighborhood park. There's a playground and several nice spots to sit and take a breather. Size wise, it's about a third of an acre, but more than its share of expert landscaping is crammed onto the small plot.
Just a block off the action of the Short North section of High Street, Goodale Park is an inviting place to sit back and relax. The pond, with its fountain and gazebo, is the centerpiece, with folks lounging along its banks and kids playing at the edge of the water. Winding pathways throughout the park see a lot of use as well. There are baseball diamonds and a basketball court for those in need of a bit of organized sport.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center, perched at the northern end of downtown, hosts all manner of conventions and conferences. The facility itself is striking, both outside and in. Its High Street facade is a testament to the marvel of modern design, and its interiors are organized in such a manner as to allow every event attendee easy access to that which they seek.
Spread across 60 acres (24.28 hectares), Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens is located on the Agricultural Campus of The Ohio State University. Stroll through this expansive green reserve free of charge. Its 17 beautiful gardens are full of hostas, roses, wildflowers, perennials, tropical plants, shrubs and trees. The wide range of flora includes non-native and native species. It is also an environment educational base for those interested in horticulture. Enjoy the Labyrinth walk inspired by the renowned Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth or check out the green roof at Howlett Hall.
The mission of Thurber House is to "celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue Thurber's legacy of humor." The gentleman this mission refers to is James Thurber, the humorist and cartoonist famous for his genre-transcending witticisms. Thurber House, located in the college-age home of the writer, is both a non-profit center promoting literacy and a museum of the writer's life and materials. The first two floors of the home are open for daily tours and, in the spirit of truly knowing the Thurber legacy, guests are encouraged to touch many items in the home.
The Columbus Topiary Garden is a topiary garden unlike any other. Whereas the average topiary garden collects a bunch of random figures doing random things, this one is a unified work. It recreates Georges Seurat's classic painting ‘A Sunday on the Island of La Grand Jatte’ in three dimensional shrubberies. Each life-size (if not larger) figure plays the part of a figure in the painting, and it is marvelous. An on-site museum will fill you in on the history of the park, the Old Deaf School, and the surrounding neighborhood. Hours are daily from sunrise to sunset.
The main branch of the Columbus Metro Library is many things. First and foremost, it is a library, providing the people of the city with the material they need to better themselves. Second, it is a stunning historic building, worthy of placement in a period film about a smart-looking library. Finally, it is am inviting event space, hosting an array of programming throughout the year, some aimed exclusively at children, some aimed at the general public.
Downtown Columbus is a busy and bustling area in Columbus. Also known as the Central Business District of Columbus, it has a plethora of options for fun and entertainment. A cluster of theaters, food joints, bars and clubs await you at Downtown Columbus. You can check out tourist attractions like Southern Theater, Ohio Theater, Nationwide Arena and Ohio State House, Capitol Square. During the festive season, the downtown area is abuzz with locals, tourists hovering around the food stalls or enjoying the various music and dance performances.
The Palace Theater has a distinctive French style, designed keeping in mind France's Palais de Versailles, and is located at the base of the LeVeque Tower on Broad Street. The theater is breathtakingly beautiful with a grand staircase, mural, a fountain and a grand chandelier. The theater's acoustics are rumored to be among one of the best; it seats up to 2827 people and you can be assured of a splendid view, no matter where you are seated.