Past Exhibitions
  • Field of Play

    Sports provide more than just recreation: they offer a source of community pride and cultural touchstones that connect fans across physical, generational, and socioeconomic lines. This exhibition will present highlights from Chattahoochee Valley sports history, including successful high-school, college, amateur...

  • We Tattooed Your Father

    This exhibition explores the colorful history of tattoos in the Chattahoochee Valley, from Muscogee (Creek) warriors to Fort Benning soldiers and civilian residents. In addition to examining the talents of contemporary local tattoo artists, the...

  • St. EOM’s Pasaquan

    Eddie Owens Martin often said that his visionary art site Pasaquan was “where the past and the present and the future and everything else comes together.” Guest curated by Columbus State University (CSU) faculty and students, this exhibition offers an introduction to...

  • Memory’s Cabinets: An Exhibition of Fascinating Gadgets from the Vault of the Museum

    People have long collected curious items to display as proof of their knowledge and to help them remember the past. Memory’s Cabinets will present dozens of unusual and seldom-seen gadgets, contraptions, and machines from the...

  • Between the Lines

    The Columbus Museum’s excellent collection of American drawings, which includes original works produced with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, pastel, and cut paper, will be the focus of Between the Lines: American Drawings from the Columbus Museum. The exhibition will highlight recent...

  • Reflections : African American Life from the Myrna Colley – Lee Collection

    Featuring 50 works including paintings, works on paper, photographs, and fabric works, Reflections presents the lives, traditions, and environments of African Americans from the 20th century to the present. It tells a highly personal story...

  • Troublemakers & Trailblazers

    This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics...

  • Gordon Parks : Segregation Story

    On September 24, 1956, against the backdrop of the Montgomery bus boycott, Life magazine published a photo essay titled “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” Staff photographer Gordon Parks had traveled to Mobile and Shady Grove,...

  • Legacy: 20 Years of Collecting by Museum Director Tom Butler

    Charles Thomas Butler was appointed Director of the Columbus Museum in 1994, and during the twenty years of his leadership the Museum’s permanent collection has grown from some 5,000 objects to more than 10,000. The quality...

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