- Columbus Museum of Art - The Columbus Museum of Art, located just east of downtown, is free to the public every Sunday. The neo-classical building, which opened in 1935, houses a diversion collection of works, including a large number of paintings by Columbus native, George Bellows; a comprehensive photography collection; and works by Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse and Norman Rockwell. Parking is also free.
- Thurber House - Around the corner from the Art Museum, the former residence of early 20th century humorist, James Thurber has been opened as a museum and literary gathering place. The late 19th century Queen Anne Victorian structure is open daily from 1pm to 4pm for self-guided tours. The site also hosts frequent author events.
- German Village (pictured above) - This gem of a neighborhood, located just south of downtown, was first developed by the city's German immigrants in the mid-19th century. The 233-acre neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features brick sidewalks, Victorian homes, pocket gardens and free concerts in Schiller Park.
- Topiary Park - Located on East Town Street in downtown, Topiary Park recreates the scene from the Impressionist painter, Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte" with figures created from living bushes. The intriguing spot is open from sunrise to sunset daily.
- Goodale Park - Located north of downtown in the city's Victorian Village neighborhood, Goodale Park is a green oasis in the heart of Columbus. The 33-acre park, which first opened in 1851, features a dog play area, a water lily pond, a childrens' playground, and picnic facilities.
- Ohio Craft Museum - The Ohio Craft Museum, located west of The Ohio State University near Upper Arlington, houses a changing array of temporary exhibits and workshops about contemporary craft art. The museum is open daily and parking is free, also.
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