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Mission & History

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Mission:

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

Vision:

The Columbus Museum is central to life in the Chattahoochee Valley as a hub of community learning and enjoyment. Through an educational approach the Museum strives to ignite creativity, inspire critical thinking, and spark conversation.

History of the Columbus 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.

Bradley Museum
Bradley Museum

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 - Carolynn L. Obleton 

    Vice President - Steve Sharp

    Corresponding Secretary - Melanie V. Slaton

    Director/Recording Secretary - Marianne Richter

    Treasurer - Tyler Townsend

    Immediate Past President - Marleen De Bode Olivié

  • Life Trustees

    Philip L. Brewer

    Elizabeth T. Corn

    Evelyn T. Crowley

    Ethel W. Foley

    Judye S. Harris

    F. Clason Kyle

    Betsy T. Leebern

    Jerry B. Newman

    Thelma M. Robinson

  • Honorary Trustees

    James H. Blanchard

    Representative Calvin Smyre

    J. Barrington Vaught

Strategic Plan

Annual Report

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

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