Past Exhibitions
  • The We Of Me : The Chosen Families of Carson McCullers

    This exhibition spotlights Columbus author Carson McCullers, the city she grew up in, and the people she chose to call family. Critically acclaimed since their publication, McCullers’ works offer insight into the physical and cultural...

  • Common Grounds

    Columbus residents today know the South Commons as home to the Civic Center and Golden Park, but they might not realize that the city was once surrounded by a public greenbelt. This exhibition utilizes maps,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Poetry of Earth: Works by Sally Bradley and Stephen Hawks

    The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; That...

  • Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley

    Artist René Shoemaker has transformed the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view until the July 2016. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character...

  • Once Collected, Always Cherished

    The Columbus Museum recently acquired several items from the collection of the late Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene. An avid collector of local historical artifacts for decades, Greene served on the Museum’s History...

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