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Opened in 1964 by the Franklin County Historical Society, COSI Columbus is one of the top science centers in the nation. (COSI is an acronym for Center of Science and Industry). COSI Columbus offers programs and experiences that teach science through hands-on discovery with over 300 interactive exhibits.

The museum was orginally located on East Broad Street in downtown Columbus. In 1999, it moved to its present location on the west bank of the Scioto River. The museum's current building was the former Central High School. Additions to the building were constructed on the school's former football field.

The museum features interactive, discovery-based, and themed exhibit areas that include the Ocean, Space, Gadgets, Life, Little Kidspace, Progress, the outdoor Big Science Park, and WOSU@COSI which teaches about broadcasting.

In addition to the exhibits, the museum puts on the Electrostatic Generator Show which is a live show about electricity, and shows films in the seven-story Extreme Screen theater. Visitors can purchase souvenirs in the Science2GO! retail store, and get something to eat in the Atomicafe restaurant.

Directions: COSI Columbus is located at 333 West Broad Street, on the west bank of the Scioto River.

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  • Updated Nov 14, 2010
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