Columbus has many interesting areas throughout the city to explore. Numerous museums, galleries, unique boutiques, salons and restaurants are located in an area of downtown called the Short North Arts District. Be sure to attend the Gallery Hop, held on the first Saturday of the month, when thousands of visitors converge on the Short North to see new art exhibits, sample refreshments, and take in the entertainment provided by street performers. With dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, it’s Columbus’ favorite night of the month to celebrate fine art.
As the premier entertainment district in downtown Columbus, the Arena District offers an experience unlike any other. With its exceptional dining, accessible parking, and live entertainment, the district has much to offer. Enjoy dinner at Gorden Biersch, cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, enjoy iced latte from Starbucks, or head to the Arena Grand Movie Theatre to catch a flick and a sweet treat at a Columbus original, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.
German Village is a historic neighborhood just south of downtown Columbus. It was settled by a large number of German immigrants in the mid 1800s, who at one time comprised as much as a third of the population of the entire city. The German Village Society presently has over 1,000 preservationists dedicated to maintaining the historic quality of the buildings and neighborhood. More than 1600 buildings have been restored since 1960, and it is credited as one of the most premiere restoration districts in the world. Today it is the largest privately funded historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.The village features many unique shops and restaurants, the 32-room Book Loft bookstore, as well as the tall-steepled local landmark St. Mary Catholic Church, constructed in 1868. The village is mostly a residential neighborhood of sturdy, red-brick homes with wrought iron fences along tree-lined, brick-paved streets.
The Wexner Center for the Arts, located on The Ohio State University campus, offers intriguing exhibitions, an array of dance, theater, and music performances, and contemporary and classic films that simply can't be seen elsewhere in Columbus, enhanced with appearances by visiting filmmakers and other distinguished guests. The Wexner Center features a wide variety of lectures, workshops, openings, and other public programs offering insights into contemporary culture from distinguished visiting artists, critics, commentators, and scholars from many fields.
The Columbus Museum of Art, located downtown, houses permanent collections and traveling exhibitions and sponsors social events. The newly renovated museum features an outstanding collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European modern art. Its collection includes spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism. The museum is also recognized for extraordinary regional collections such as the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce and the world's largest repository of paintings and lithographs by Columbus native George Bellows, who is widely regarded as the finest American artist of his generation.