Target Your Gift

Target Your Gift

Your gift will be directed where it is needed most, or you may target your gift to a specific area of interest.

Supporting Exhibitions

The Columbus Museum presents on average ten special exhibitions each year, ranging from American art shows from a host of renowned American artists to regional history presentations that tell the story of the Chattahoochee River Valley’s development. The organization of these exhibitions can take a great deal of time, and often require the cooperation of many museums and private collectors along with considerable research scholarship. Your gift in support of exhibitions will provide much needed funds for these ambitious and innovative undertakings, including the research, gallery design, promotion, and educational programming that accompany each show. Generous individuals like you have helped make possible exciting Museum exhibitions.

The Museum also provides opportunities for corporate sponsorship of exhibitions.

Learn about upcoming exhibitions that can benefit from your support.

Supporting the Education Department

It takes extensive resources and a staff with a wide range of expertise to serve an audience that includes families, children, students and teachers, as well as adults of all interests and education levels, senior citizens, scholars, art-lovers and, of course, the especially important first-time visitors to the Museum.

Contributions to the Education Department support a range of educational programming, including the creation of art and history classes and programs, interactive gallery and website opportunities, school programs and teacher workshops, community outreach activities, lectures and symposia. Learn more about the exciting intergenerational Educational Programs at the Museum.

Your support of the Education Department will ensure that all visitors have the opportunity for an enriching experience each time they explore the Museum.

Susan Cochran Memorial Bus Fund

The Susan Cochran Memorial Bus Fund has been established in memory of our beloved friend who served the Columbus Museum in many volunteer capacities, including Guild President, Docent, and Trustee. Susan had a passion for education and believed that every school-aged child in our community should visit the Museum for both the curriculum enrichment and the cultural arts experience. Her belief coupled with the Museum’s long and valued partnership in education with the Muscogee County School District, grew into the “Send Them on Their Way” campaign which ensures that area public school students are able visit the Museum each school year. The average transportation cost per school bus to bring students to the Museum is now $100. With your help, we will be able to “Send Them on Their Way” for field trips to the Museum.

Bradley Olmsted Garden

The Columbus Museum is the site of one of the most substantial residential gardens designed by Olmsted & Olmsted. The Bradley Olmsted Garden encompasses approximately three acres of beautifully terraced gardens featuring a ravine and restored pool house. The Garden is planted with a multitude of azaleas, dogwoods, and other bulbs that offer a wide variety of plant species. This beautiful garden centers on a pool house and a pool that has been filled in to provide a formal parterre garden with an overlooking terrace.

In 1947, the Bradley-Turner family donated the 12-acre site, which included the Garden and the 1912 Italianate home, to the city of Columbus to be used as a center for culture and education. In 1991, the Bradley Olmsted Garden was restored to retain much of its original grandeur.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of joining with other garden lovers in our community in making a pledge in support of the Museum’s Bradley Olmsted Garden.

Year End Giving

Donations to the Museum are essential to the cultural growth of our community which enhances our quality of life and generously allows the Museum to offer free admission to a broad range of American art and regional history exhibitions and intergenerational programming. Your gift in support of the Columbus Museum’s operations helps keep the Museum strong and vibrant in countless ways. As the primary funding for everyday activities and general maintenance of the Museum, your generous contribution goes towards:

• Hosting more than 63,000 visitors annually to learn about art, history, and culture

• Educating more than 15,000 school children each year through docent-led tours and interactive programs

• Showcasing award-winning exhibitions and collections

• Presenting educational programs for adults, students, children, and families

These endeavors, while sometimes behind the scenes, are critical in ensuring the Museum’s efficient operation and the opportunity for personal enrichment and lifelong learning for visitors in the current year.

For more information, please contact the Development Director at 706.748.2562, ext.541 or

Gifts/Acquisition of Works of Art

The Columbus Museum’s collection of fine and decorative art is a record of the changing artistic tastes of American culture from Colonial times to the present. In addition, the Museum houses over 14,000 artifacts and objects that tell the story of the Chattahoochee River Valley’s development. Thanks to the wonderful support that the Museum enjoys from its members and others, in as well as outside our community, the Museum’s permanent collection continues to grow. Gifts of works of art allow the Museum to further expand our collections as do contributions to the acquisition fund which enable the Museum to take advantage of extraordinary opportunities should an exceptional object turn up at auction.


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