Experience and reflect upon the stories that explain our past at any of the Columbus Region’s venues for education. From revolutionary discoveries to historical conflicts, you will be amazed by the various interactive exhibits, all providing enthralling information about the events and findings that shape our scientific knowledge and regional culture.
Visit the National Infantry Museum and pay tribute to the dedicated United States Army Infantryman whose sacrifices allow us our freedom. Located just outside Fort Benning, the Maneuver Center of Excellence, this $100-million, 190,000-square-foot museum preserves one of the greatest collections of military artifacts in the world. Through the museum’s interactive multimedia exhibits, you are able to learn about the history of Fort Benning, World War II, the Cold War, Afghanistan, Medal of Honor recipients and other feature galleries that bring our nation’s past to life through the latest in technological innovation. The campus also boasts an authentically restored World War II Company Street, 3D IMAX Theatre, combat simulator attractions, restaurant and gift store.
The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus is the only museum in the nation that tells the full maritime story of the Civil War. The museum features warship remains, recreated ship environments, artifacts, and year-round programs and events. Enjoy group tours or immerse yourself in the history of the most interesting period in American History.
Also, contributing to the region’s patriotic nature is the Fort Mitchell Historic Site, an outstanding historic site in Russell County, Alabama, that draws history lovers from around the world. The fort played a significant role in the Creek War of 1813-14 and served as the starting point of the Creek Trail of Tears in the 1830s. The park features a reconstruction of the 1813 fort, a historic cemetery, museum housing an impressive collection of historic carriages, a restored 19th century log home and a visitor center that offers exhibits, a film and a walk through the history of the site.
Located just 45 minutes from Columbus in the town of Warm Springs, the Little White House offers a unique glimpse in to the life our longest-serving President. Franklin Delano Roosevelt first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the infantile paralysis (polio) that had struck him in 1921. He built the Little White House in 1932 while he was still governor of New York prior to his election as the. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs.
The Coca-Cola Space Science Center (CCSSC), a division of Columbus State University, opened in 1996 and serves to educate the public about space science, physics and astronomy. Visitors enjoy interactive lobby displays, including several flight simulators along with the Omnisphere Theater planetarium. Bring the whole family to CCSSC and immerse yourself in a world of discovery and scientific splendor.