In Columbus

Here are some local highlights in the vicinity of the conference. Click on each heading for more information.

Columbus Museum of Art

The museum contains terrific collections in a variety of media. Works range from “old-master” and folk to late nineteenth-century and contemporary. Temporary exhibits during the conference dates include sculpture by Auguste Rodin, drawing by James Thurber, and graphic-novel art by Ivy Atoms. The museum is a 5-minute ride or a 30-minute walk from the conference hotel. Show your NAVSA 2019 conference badge to get half off the general or student admission price. 

Short North Galleries


Our conference hotel is located in the Short North Arts District, which features a number of galleries open daily. (You’ll also see samples of local art displayed throughout the Hilton.)


Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (The Ohio State University)


This is the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics, including original art, books, magazines, journals, comic books, archival materials, and newspaper comic strips. Exhibition galleries are open to the public, and admission is free. The museum’s two special exhibits over the conference dates are “Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment,” containing both historical and contemporary material, and “Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine,” with depictions dating from the eighteenth century forward. NAVSA participants may be especially interested in the museum’s nineteenth-century periodicals and ephemera, including a collection of penny dreadfuls and dime novels (some are housed in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library). To view special collections, contact and schedule an appointment at least 48 hours in advance. The OSU campus is two miles from our hotel, straight up High Street. It is accessible by the COTA bus line; see the “Trip Planner” here.


German Village

Located about two miles south of our hotel, German Village is a historic neighborhood first largely populated by German immigrants in the mid-nineteenth century. It is known for its brick-lined streets, walkable ambience, and well-preserved original architecture. There are several shops and restaurants to explore, as well as the gardens and recreational areas of Schiller Park (named after Friedrich Schiller). The Visitors Center provides useful information for self-guided tours.

Native American Historical Sites

Central Ohio has a rich Native American heritage. If you’re driving into Columbus or you have extra time before or after the conference, you can check out some of the places listed at the link above, most located a bit of a drive away from the city.