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About The Columbus Museum

  • Mission

    The Columbus Museum brings American art and history to life for the communities of the Chattahoochee Valley.

  • Vision

    The Columbus Museum will be a cultural leader in the Southeast, distinguishing itself through an educational approach that engages visitors, stimulates creativity, inspires critical thinking, sparks conversations, and brings art and history to life.

  • View The Columbus Museum's 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

  • The Columbus Museum has a responsibility to be a museum for everyone. Click the hyperlinked text above to read the Museum's DEAI policy. For more information about the Museum's DEAI plan, please contact Lacey Yeend, Assistant to the Director, at lyeend[at] or at 706-748-2562 ext. 4320.

History of the Columbus Museum

Bradley Museum
Bradley Museum

Founded in 1953, The Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs.

When noted Columbus industrialist W.C. Bradley died in 1947, his family donated his 13-acre estate to the city of Columbus to be used as a center of culture and education. Located in the heart of the Wynnton neighborhood in a 1912 Mediterranean Revival house, the Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts opened its doors to the public on March 29, 1953. Director Edward Swift Shorter quickly launched an ambitious schedule, including lectures and classes related to the Museum’s exhibitions of fine art and American Indian archaeological artifacts. As the institution grew, its name became shorter (now just The Columbus Museum), and its collecting focus changed to include American art in all mediums and artifacts that tell the story of human habitation in the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley.

Today, The Columbus Museum’s dedicated board and staff continue its legacy as a cultural center. In partnership with the Muscogee County School District, the Museum seeks to educate and inspire with a variety of exhibitions and programs.

Board of Trustees

  • Executive Committee

    President - D. Steven Sharp

    Vice President - Chris Henson

    Corresponding Secretary - Thomas A. Wade Jr.

    Director/Recording Secretary - Marianne Richter

    Treasurer - Tyler A. Townsend

    Immediate Past President - Carolynn Obleton

  • Life Trustees

    Philip L. Brewer

    Elizabeth T. Corn

    Evelyn T. Crowley

    Judye S. Harris

    F. Clason Kyle

    Betsy T. Leebern

    Jerry B. Newman

    Thelma M. Robinson

    Rebecca K. Yarbrough

  • Honorary Trustees

    James H. Blanchard

    Representative Calvin Smyre

    J. Barrington Vaught

Annual Report

Click the links below to view our Annual Fiscal Year Reports.