The Columbus Museum
At 89,000 square feet, the Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the southeast. It focuses on American fine and decorative art as well as the history and culture of the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley. It is located on the former estate of Columbus industrialist W.C. Bradley. The museum incorporates his home (built in 1912) and a modern addition built in 1989. The history exhibits explore the region's past from the time of the early Native American inhabitants to today. Specific periods and topics include the Colonial era, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and industrial development. The art collection covers these same periods as well and features portrait paintings, works on paper, landscapes and furniture.
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