The Columbus Museum

The Columbus Museum brings American art and history to life for the communities of the Chattahoochee Valley. Founded in 1953, The Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and educational programs. 

When noted Columbus industrialist W.C. Bradley died in 1947, his family donated his 13-acre estate, which included a garden designed by the Olmsted firm, to the city of Columbus to be used as a center of culture and education. Located in the heart of the Wynnton neighborhood in a 1912 Mediterranean Revival house, The Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts opened its doors to the public on March 29, 1953. 

Today, The Columbus Museum’s dedicated board and staff continue its legacy as a cultural center. In partnership with the Muscogee County School District, the museum offers a varied exhibition schedule, specially designed tours and educator workshops and an array of free activities and events for intergenerational engagement.