Canton Museum of Art

Admission to Canton Museum of Art: Adults $6.00; Students, Seniors $4.00, children under 12 free.

  • Open Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Closed Monday
  • Location: (Map It) 1001 N. Market Avenue in Canton, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-453-7666
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The Canton Museum of Art is located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts, just north of downtown Canton, OH.  The museum’s permanent collection is extensive and focuses on American watercolor and contemporary ceramics.  Traveling national and regional exhibits are frequently featured.  Past exhibitions have included  Art of the Rainforest, Andrew Wyeth’s Helga Paintings, Bing Davis: On the Shoulders of Ancestors, Clyde Singer’s America and Kimono As Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota.  The Canton Museum of Art presents a number of different programs and art classes for all ages, as well as special events.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Admission to Cleveland Botanical Garden ranges from $8 – 12.

  • Open: Tue, Thr, Fri and Sat from 10am- 5pm; Wed from 10am – 9pm and Sun from 12pm – 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 11030 East Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-721-1600
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Cleveland Botanical Garden:  Step into a world of beauty and wonder.  Cleveland Botanical Garden boasts some of the finest Gardens in the entire Midwest.  Here are 10 beautifully landscaped acres of formal and natural gardens – each one a gem, each with its own distinct personality.  The Rose Garden is a delight.  The Japanese Garden is enchanting.  The Children’s Garden is fun.  And the terrace – with its fountain and lily pond – is an inspiring location for al fresco dining during the warm months.

The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, which opened in 2003, is an 18,000 square foot, crystalline conservatory – the only one of its kind.  Open year-round, the Glasshouse is home to two of the world’s most exotic, fragile and unique environments:  the spiny desert of Madagascar and the lush, butterfly-filled cloud forest of Costa Rica. The Glasshouse may be the best butterfly house in Ohio!  It features hundreds of exotic, beautiful butterflies flown in directly from Costa Rica every week of the year. The butterflies will make you and your friends of all ages smile with delight. With more than 350 species of plants and 50 species of animals, the Glasshouse is a dazzling journey across continents and an immersion in the unusual.

Columbus Museum of Art

Admission to Columbus Museum of Art: $12/Adult, $8/Senior 60 and over and Students 18 and over, $5/Student age 6-17 and free kids 5 and under. Free on Sunday.

  • Open Tuesdays through Sundays 10:00 am – 5:30 pm and closed Mondays
  • Location: (Map It) 480 E. Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-221-6801 or 614-221-4848
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The Columbus Museum of Art features works from its excellent collection of impressionists, German expressionists, cubists, American modernists, and contemporary art. The museum also includes works by Degas, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Cassatt, Bellows, Demuth, Hopper, Marin, and O’Keeffe. Visitors may also take a stroll through the Russell Page Sculpture Garden or explore the world of photography in the Ross Photography Center. Families with children may also want to visit the interactive exhibit Eye Spy: Adventures in Art. In addition, there is a continuous program of national and international traveling exhibitions displayed at the museum.

Franklin Park Conservatory

franklin-park-conservatory-columbus-ohioAdmission to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus: Adults $15, Seniors and students $12, Children 3-17 $8 , Members and children under 2 are free. Parking is free.

  • Open: Daily 10 am – 5 pm (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
  • Location: (Map It) 1777 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-715-8000 or 800-214- 7275 (Group rates and tours are available by calling 614-715-8018)
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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier horticultural and educational institution showcasing more than 400 plant species and special exhibitions. The Conservatory offers beautiful and diverse climates including an arid Desert, a tropical Rainforest, a cool Himalayan Mountain, and a lush Pacific Island Water Garden. Franklin Park surrounds the Conservatory and provides 88 acres of landscaped gardens and green space.  The Conservatory owns a signature collection of Dale Chihuly glass artwork and its annual exhibits include Blooms and Butterflies, the Orchid Forest and Holidays at the Conservatory. The Conservatory also offers a gift shop and café and parking is free.

Holden Arboretum

Admission to Holden Arboretum is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and free for children ages five and under.
Admission is also free for seniors on Tuesdays)

  • Open: April through October: daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through March closed on Mondays.
  • Location: (Map It) 9500 Sperry Road in Kirtland, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-946-4400
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The Holden Arboretum houses a variety of themed gardens both for display and research.  The Butterfly garden is stocked with many colorful flowers, such as the purple coneflower, bee-balm, and catmint, which will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  The park offers many different guided tours that give visitors the opportunity to follow trained horticulturists through one-of-a-kind gardens, special collections, and natural areas.  The arboretum also offers a variety of historical tours throughout the grounds.

Kingwood Center

Admission to Kingwood Center is $5.00 per car admission fee from mid April through mid October.  Buses, limos, pedestrians etc. are also subject to admission fees. 

  • Open March through December from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. in November, December and March and open until 7:00 pm April through October
  • Location: (Map It) 900 Park Avenue West in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-522-0211
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Visitors to Kingwood Center will enjoy the elegant gardens, grounds and historic buildings of this former estate of industrialist Charles Kelley King. A massive spring flower display begins the season with tulips, daffodils, flowering trees and much more. Gardens of all sorts entertain visitors throughout the growing season and a large display of annuals bring abundant color to the gardens throughout the summer. A greenhouse offers unique displays and a special plant buying opportunity. The gardens are intertwined by woodlands with relaxing walking trails throughout the 47 acre estate. Kids love to feed the ducks a the duck pond and the peacocks that roam the property. Mr. King’s mansion is available for touring by appointment and at Christmas when it is decorated for the season. A new feature of Kingwood’s is the hosting of weddings which can be held in the gardens or in one of several indoor locations.

Krohn Conservatory

Admission to Krohn Conservatory is $4 for Adults and $2 for Children 5-17 years old.

Krohn Conservatory is one of Cincinnati’s treasures. The Krohn Conservatory features Bonsai, Conservatory, Orchid, Tropical and Perennial gardens and nature collections. The total collection represents more than 1,000 different species of plants from rainforests to deserts.  Floral shows are free of charge with the exception of the butterfly show.   Every spring, over 10,000 butterflies are invited to invade the Conservatory and fly freely around for visitors to get an up close and personal look at a remarkable collection of butterflies. The Butterfly Show has a different theme every year such as “Flowers with Wings, The Butterflies of India” featuring butterlies from around the world.  Click here for the annual Butterfly Show information.

Museum of Ancient Sculpture

Museum of Ancient Sculpture at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

butler-Pyramid-Hill-Art-FaiPyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum features the only known Museum of Ancient Sculpture in the world. The 10,000 square-foot Museum of Ancient Sculpture will feature four galleries showcasing 70 original pieces from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. The Museum will place visitors in “ancient” surroundings with its unique architecture resembling ancient Rome and Greek villas. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is a 265-acre park with over 80 pieces of monumental art. Visitors, picnickers, and art-lovers are welcome to roam the park by foot, in an “art cart”, or by car. Butler County, located in Southwest Ohio in the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor, is The Destination Designed for You ! For more information about the Museum of Ancient Sculpture and Butler County, contact the Butler County Visitors Bureau at 888-462-2282 or go

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Pyramid Hill Sculpture ParkAdmission to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is $8/adult, $3/child ages 6-12, and free for kids younger than 6.

  • Open: Daily year-round. Hours are 8am – 7pm (closes at 5pm during winter daylight savings)
  • Location: (Map It) 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road State Route 128 ● Hamilton, OH 45013
  • Phone: 513-868-8336
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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum combines the lure of nature with the dynamic presence of monumental art. Located on over 300 acres of woodlands, gardens and lakes near Hamilton, Ohio, Pyramid Hill is a unique experience where you explore the countryside and marvel at over 60 pieces of outdoor art. You can also go back in time at the indoor Ancient Sculpture Museum housing Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian pieces. Drive through the rolling landscape, walk up to experience the sculpture, find a secluded picnic spot or hike a quiet trail through the forests. Pyramid Hill is a relaxing way to spend a day with art and nature.

Springfield Art Museum

Admission to Springfield Art Museum is $5/person. 

  • Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 pm; Saturday 9am – 3pm, Sunday 12:30pm – 4:30pm; and closed Monday.
  • Location: (Map It) 107 Cliff Park Road in Springfield, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-325-4673
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The Springfield Museum of Art has seven galleries. Its permanent collection includes paintings, drawings and sculptures featuring 19th and 20th century American, European and Ohio artists. The museum also has about 12 changing exhibits annually. These exhibits address contemporary and historical issues and encourage critical understanding of the visual arts.

Zanesville Museum of Art

Admission to Zanesville Museum of Art varies.

  • Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m; Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Location: (Map It) 620 Military Road in Zanesville, Ohio
  • Phone:  740-452-0741
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Zanesville Museum of Art:  In a newly expanded building on a wooded site two miles north of Interstate #70, the Zanesville Museum of Art’s 12 galleries feature European and American paintings, sculpture, glass, graphic arts, Asian and African arts. Major traveling and temporary exhibits. The Paul Diamond Pottery Gallery offers the largest public collection of Ohio pottery.

Columbus Topiary Garden & Park

Admission to Columbus Topiary Garden & Park is free.

  • Open daily from sunrise – sunset
  • Location: (Map It) Old Deaf School Park at 480 E Town St, ‎Columbus, Ohio (Corner of East Town Street and Washington Avenue)
  • Phone: 614-645-0197
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Columbus Topiary Garden & Park at Old Deaf School Park in Columbus, Ohio

Article from a past edition of OhioTraveler by Frank R. Satullo, The OhioTraveler

Wouldn’t it be really cool to walk into a painting and be a part of it? You could check things out three dimensionally to see what the other side looks like.

How about a famous painting? Let’s say, for example, Georges Seurat’s 1887 A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte, which is a depiction of people gathering on a Sunday afternoon at the Seine River in Paris. The original is shown at the Art Institute of Chicago. But the version in downtown Columbus, Ohio offers a totally different experience.

In downtown Columbus’ Old Deaf School Park, artist James T. Mason created the only topiary garden in existence based on a work of art. Elaine Mason was the first of many topiarists to trim and meticulously maintain the living topiaries of 54 people, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey and cat. The seven-acre sanctuary is not only a destination for art and nature lovers, but it is perfect for picnics, walks, playing board games, or even tossing a little Frisbee.

Take a stroll to the top of the hill overlooking the masterpiece. There, you’ll see a bronze easel and picture of the original painting by Seurat, who invented the technique of pointillism, using dots of color to create light. Take a step back and see the 3-D version of the picture unveil itself before your very eyes. The tallest topiary is 12-feet. This provides depth from the vantage point atop the hill to keep all the figures in proportion as seen in the bronze relief.

Walk around the landscape and take pictures. Roll out a blanket and catch a nap. This park is everything a park should be. It is meant for a lazy afternoon. Find a shade tree or tall topiary and be still. The breeze, the birds, the flowers will all take hold as you breathe deeper until you feel cleansed.

The Topiary Park Museum Shop and Visitors Center is housed in a chateau-style building. It offers restrooms, drinking fountains, and museum store. It is furnished in period décor. It is open April through December on Thursdays 11 am – 3 pm, Fridays 11:30 am – 3 pm, weekends 11 am – 4 pm.

The park and Topiary Garden are always free and open daily from dawn to dusk. You may enter at 480 E. Town Street, which is a block south of the Columbus Museum of Art. More information is available by calling 614-645-0197 or visiting

The neighborhood around has beautiful grand old mansions with lovely architecture. But to park on the street requires feeding the meter unless it’s an evening or a Sunday afternoon on the isle of topiary.

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