In 1878, the Columbus Museum of Art became the first chartered museum in the state of Ohio. In 2018, we celebrate 140 years of transforming the city of Columbus through creative experiences, engaged learning, and connectivity. We have presented, over the years, exhibitions and programs that bridge gaps and connect people by bringing about empathy and understanding. From our beginnings as an art gallery housed in the Sessions family mansion to our opening of the Margaret M. Walter Wing, we have elevated our community and inspired imagination and ideas. The construction of the new wing is the expression of our mission moving forward: we won’t abandon our past, but rather build onto it as a foundation for our future.


140th Anniversary Events

CCS Day for Families
Sunday, April 22, 2018
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
CMA strives to stay connected to our community. Connecting is one of the hallmarks of our creative programs and initiatives. Our connection with Columbus City Schools extends back more than 40 years. In addition, to touring every grade 5 student free of charge, CMA hosts a free Day for Families every year. 

Titian’s Lady in White
August 31, 2018 – December 9, 2018

As part of the anniversary celebrations, Columbus Museum of Art partnered with the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Columbus’ sister city, Dresden, Germany, to bring Titian’s masterpiece Portrait of a Lady in White to Ohio.

Sit. Snap. Share. #wowcma 
CMA creates wow moments for visitors every day.
Look for the #wowcma selfie station in the atrium.


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