Our Temporary Exhibits

Current Exhibits

Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey 

The history of the more than 20,000 Bhutanese-Nepali people in Columbus is rapidly becoming the history of Ohio. This exhibit consists of 30 photographs of members of the Bhutanese-Nepali community, taken by Tariq Tarey. Each photograph is accompanied by a narrative written by Doug Rutledge that explains each individual’s history. The photographs emphasize the historic sequence of the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee experience; from living and working in Bhutan, to being forced to leave Bhutan, the experience of living in refugee camps in Nepal for 20 years or more, to resettlement in Columbus, finding jobs, buying homes and finally becoming American citizens.

Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey is on loan from of the Ohio History Connection. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday with the exception of holiday hours and closings. Admission is included with the price of a museum ticket. Members are admitted for free.

The exhibit is open through May 25, 2018. Sponsored by William Rutherford and Nancy Gaines Platt.

The Art of Photography 

A show and print sale, featuring photos by Gil Gonzalez. This special exhibit in the museum auditorium features photography by Gil Gonzalez, head of photographic resources at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. A professional photographer, Gonzalez has photographed numerous subjects and will share some of his favorite work in this exhibit. On May 1, nature photographs by Kristina Smith, marketing/communications manager at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will be added.

The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday with the exception of holiday hours and closings. Admission is free. This exhibit is on display in the museum auditorium and is open through July 1, 2018. Sponsored by The Fremont Company and Walmart - Fremont.

Upcoming Exhibits

Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives - Coming April 6, 2018

The turn of the 20th century is best remembered as a two-sided coin. On one side, the close of the 1800s birthed modern America as we know it today. Industrialists like Andrew Carnegie and John Rockefeller built the first large corporations. Inventors like Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell remade the American lifestyle through their innovation. On the other side, extreme poverty made life difficult for immigrants and the lower classes. Rather than call this period the nation’s “Golden Age,” Mark Twain sarcastically dubbed it “The Gilded Age,” noting the era’s unnecessary opulence for too few and excessive want for too many.

Jacob Riis was a Danish-born American photographer who decided to use his talent with a camera to peer behind the gilded veneer of high society to expose the harsh realities of living in New York City at the turn of the century. A social reformer and early muckraker in the tradition of Upton Sinclair and Ida Tarbell, Riis traveled into tenements, factories and sweatshops to document the day-to-day lives of the city’s many poor immigrants and laborers.

Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives is a traveling exhibit created by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ touring program, NEH on the Road. It contains several of Riis’ life-size photographs and personal artifacts, as well as multimedia features and interactive stations. In the spirit of Jacob Riis’ passion to give a voice to the voiceless, the exhibit will include photographs and testimonials of those struggling locally in Sandusky County and Northwest Ohio in order to foster a conversation about hardship in the 21st century.

Admission is included with the price of a regular museum ticket. Members are admitted for free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday with the exception of holiday hours and closings. This exhibit will be on display through May 25, 2018. Sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions.