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The Jubilee Museum, Columbus

4.7
#6 of 14 in Museums in Columbus
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Established in 1998 by Fr. Kevin F. Lutz, the Jubilee Museum is now the recognized by the Vatican as the largest collection of diversified Catholic art in the United States. Its purpose is to preserve the Catholic mind and memory by:

1. Preserving our historical patrimony in art.

2. Restoring artistic and liturgical items to sacred use.

3. Educating through the teaching power of art.
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  • Spent the afternoon here with my dad and were delighted with this hidden gem! The director.Shawn, was very kind and spent time chatting with us. He even played one of the Five working organs for us...  more »
  • Really interesting collection of art and artifacts that are especially fascinating given their context and history.  more »
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  • The reviews about this place are true--it really is a hidden gem. Got a nearly 2-hour tour from the director and it only felt like half an hour. He was very knowledgeable, informative, and easy to talk to. Even after spending so long there, we could easily go back and spend several more hours looking at all the stuff there. There are not only religious items but also items of great historical significance. This photo is of an amethyst owned by Mary, Queen of Scots. Really stunning to see in person. The museum is planning to temporarily close sometime within the next year (as I understand it) for renovations and the addition of a whole new building. Rumor has it our beloved Santa Maria--now gone from the riverfront--will be finding a new home there. You really cannot do any better for free on an afternoon. (One caveat: the building is not ADA compliant. My husband and I were thankfully allowed to bring in our son's stroller, but we had to carry it up and down the stairs ourselves. It's just a regular stroller, so we didn't have any trouble, but it could be an issue for those with mobility issues. I'm sure that the new facilities will be compliant, so some may wish to wait until then to visit.)
  • This place was great u don't have 2 be religious to like this place. I will say they run a soup kitchen downstairs so the place attracts not so desirable. However u do have to ring the doorbell to be let in. Our guy can't remember his name but he was very knowledgeable and he played the organ for us. It really is worth a visit.

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