Great Family Fun at COSI – The Columbus Museum of Science and Industry

This summer, we spent a long weekend down in Columbus, Ohio.  One of the highlights of our trip was the day we spent at COSI – the Columbus Museum of Science and Industry.    There, kids of ALL ages (I’m including my husband and myself in that group!) have a great time learning about the world around them.  The best part?  At COSI, guests are encouraged to touch, play, and experience all of the exhibits hands-on!

Our Visit to to COSI in Columbus, OH

Never before has our family spent so much time in the lobby of a museum!  We played instruments, saw our pulse as a drum beat, and my ten year old and my husband rode the high-wire bicycle.  It was so much fun!  We weren’t the only ones, either.  Each group that entered the doors at COSI seemed to linger in the lobby, taking advantage of the interactive displays scattered through out the large, open area.

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There’s Something for Everyone at COSI in Columbus, OH

There are so many options for what you can do at COSI – there truly is something for just about every interest and age group.  On our trip there, my eldest, Alyssa, had things planned out for us.  She had been to an overnight at COSI with her Girl Scout troop last spring, so she had many favorite exhibits she begged us to be sure to visit while we were there.  Our favorite permanent exhibits ended up being Ocean, Gadgets, and Progress.

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“Water” was one of the temporary exhibits we saw.  It gave great information on just how important water is, erosion, what kind of animals and organisms live in water, how that animal life impacts waterways, which crops grow well in water, need a lot of water, etc…My girls especially liked building their own beaver dams, and seeing how they changed the flow of water up and down stream.

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We also had a fun time with the outdoor Big Science exhibit.  It was a blistering hot day, but plenty of folks were out there with us, trying their hand at lifting a car via a lever (it took about 5 young kids to weigh enough to lift the car!), making balls fly all over the place with different amounts of air pressure, playing chess on a giant chess board, and whispering secret messages to each other using big discs that looked like a satellite dishes to project the whispers across a great distance.  We were a bit sweaty when we went back in the building for lunch, but it was loads of fun!

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COSI’s Extreme Screen Theater

While at COSI, we also had the opportunity to experience the largest digital movie screen in Ohio!  We saw the Meerkats 3D movie.  It was so cool!  Every seat in that theater is a great seat!  We had a great time kicking back for a while, eating some yummy theater popcorn, and learning about meerkats.

Visit COSI – The Columbus Museum of Science and Industry

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, COSI is a great way to spend time as a family.  My girls are already begging to go to COSI again when our schedule permits.  Plan a trip soon – your family won’t be disappointed!


333 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
614.228.2674 or 888.819.2674

333 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

COSI Operating Hours:

Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sundays: 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays (unless noted on their site, they are open on many Monday holidays).

COSI Admission:

Adults     Youth (2-12)     Senior (60+)
Exhibits + One Extreme Screen Film     $23.50    $18.50                $22.50
Exhibits + Adventure                                 $19.95    $14.95                $18.95
Exhibits Only                                               $16.95    $11.95                 $15.95
Extreme Screen Only                                 $7.50      $7.50                  $7.50

Additional pricing available on COSI website, including membership pricing.

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This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to COSI who provided us with the tickets for review.


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