In 2021 we’ll be celebrating Columbus and Bartholomew County’s bicentennial all year long! We’ll honor our past, find common ground in our present, and imagine possibilities for our future. Keep an eye out for special bicentennial events and learn about some of the people who helped make Columbus the remarkable community is today on the Columbus Area Bicentennial’s website, Columbus Bicentennial.

In addition to the Bicentennial, we want to share with you just a few of the things we’re most looking forward to in 2021.

Camp Kidscommons 

Columbus’ legendary children’s museum, kidscommons,​ underwent a huge renovation over the winter! The entire third floor has been transformed into camp kidscommons, an exhibit all about the great outdoors. Kids can explore the nature center, get geared up for a campout at the supply shack, learn how to build a shelter, and sit around the campfire. Each floor of the downtown museum is filled with interactive adventures and surprises. The camp kidscommons exhibit opens to the public on March 15.

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Self-guided Tour App

Later this spring, the Visitors Center will roll out a brand-new app for Apple and Android to help you navigate and learn about the architecture that made Columbus famous. Users will be able to begin their tour at any of the points of interest in the downtown area and visit the sites in any order, at any pace. Audio narration will tell the story of each of the 18 sites on the tour, the architects and the community that built them. Stay tuned for details this spring!

In the meantime, check out all of the other tour options


Commons Playground

The Commons Playground is getting a total makeover! This incredible, free, indoor playground is receiving a massive upgrade, but don’t worry, the 35-foot-tall Luckey Climber isn’t going anywhere! The playground will be open to the public late this summer.


Exhibit Columbus 2021

Make plans to attend the 2021 Exhibition! This Fall, co-curators Iker Gil and Mimi Zeiger have invited exhibition participants to create site-specific, future-oriented public art, which will be developed over the coming year in response to the intriguing theme: New Middles: From Main Street to Megalopolis, What is the Future of the Middle City?