Events Calendar

Throughout the year, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum schedule events that honor and celebrate the contributions of our nation’s Veterans. This calendar can help you plan your visit around a holiday or other special event.

Depicting The Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering From PTSD
Apr 3 2021 – Jan 2 2022 all-day
Depicting The Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering From PTSD by artist Susan J. Barron was inspired by the fact that 22 Veterans commit suicide every day in our country. Her series of 14 hauntingly beautiful six-foot by six-foot, mixed media works on canvas are created through a combination of photographic imagery, paint and text including each Veteran’s story. Learn More Take a Virtual Tour  
Summer Reading Challenge
Jul 2 – Aug 22 all-day

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is committed to supporting student success and helping to foster the next generation of community leaders. This fun summer reading challenge encourages students K-12 to read 3 – 8 books over the summer break, record their progress and bring in their reading list to receive FREE museum admission. Adult admission is $7.

Summer Reading Challenge Form 2021

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American Red Cross Blood Drive
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Be a superhero for your community! Join us on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our next blood drive with the American Red Cross. Blood is in a critical shortage due to COVID-19. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to donors. You can make a difference.

As a donor at this event, you will receive two free admission tickets to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, while supplies last.

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Friday Fun Days – Life After Service: How Veterans Impact Our Communities @ National Veterans Memorial and Museum
Jul 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for our July education series geared for the whole family, Friday Fun Days. Each Friday morning, 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m., the Museum’s education team will lead a special themed program designed to learn more about the Veteran experience and our mission. Our July 30th  theme is: Life After Service: How Veterans Impact Our Communities. We’ll take a private Museum tour, learn about some famous Veterans, meet a Veteran on staff, talk about family service projects you can do while visiting our Memorial Grove and more. Tickets are just $5/person. You can get advance tickets now and visit the Museum with your family every Friday in July for a new experience that connects you to our nation’s greatest heroes.

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Beyond The Exhibit: An Evening with Susan J. Barron @ National Veterans Memorial and Museum
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We are honored to present our member-exclusive event series, Beyond The Exhibit: An Evening with Susan J. Barron.

Multi-media artist, Susan J. Barron, of Depicting The Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering From PTSD, will host an engaging conversation inside the exhibition space about her creative process and her motivation for bringing this body of work to life. Susan invites our members to be part of that conversation and will discuss ways individuals can help amplify PTSD awareness and be of service in their own communities.

This event is free for members, however, space is limited.

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Honor365 9/11 Exhibit
Aug 4 – Sep 1 all-day

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is proud to host Honor 365’s World Trade Center Exhibit, commemorating the heroes of that unthinkably tragic day.

The exhibit is a replica model of the World Trade Center plaza created by Daan Van Der Steijn from The Netherlands. He recounts the endless sacrifices made on that day, particularly by all of the first responders. Daan’s family has a long line of firefighters, and he too is currently training to become a firefighter in his hometown.

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit will be on display at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum from August 4-September 1, before heading to New York City for display during the 20th anniversary of September 11th.

Stay tuned for additional details about this traveling exhibit.

Buckeye Purple Heart Foundation 5K Run/Walk
Aug 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Downtown Columbus goes purple for National Purple Heart Recognition Day. On Saturday, August 7 at 9 p.m., we’re partnering with the Military Order of the Purple Heart for their evening 7th Annual Buckeye Purple Heart Foundation 5K Run and Walk. This year’s race honors Purple Heart recipients and Franklin County residents Major Albert Maroscher and CWO Richard Holycross. These men both served their country during the Vietnam War and gave their lives so their brothers and sisters could live. All participants, including virtual participants, will receive a t-shirt and race coin. To register and learn more click below!

Race Details

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Group Visit

Group Visits

Reservations Available

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum welcomes groups of 10 or more for both guided tours and self-guided visits with a discounted admission rate, a dedicated entrance, and other group privileges. Reservations are required and should be made at least four weeks in advance. To inquire about a group visit, please complete the online request form.

Memorial Grove

Memorial Grove

Directly adjacent to the Museum lies a 2.5 acre Memorial Grove, designed for contemplation and reflection before visitors return to their everyday lives. Anchored by a grove of elm trees, the space features a 325-foot stone wall, with three cascades of water and a reflecting pool lining the basin, creating a cohesive space for remembrance, inspiration and the recognition of service.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Downtown Skyline View of building

Private Events

Reservations Available

Recognized internationally for its innovative design, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum offers a truly unique venue for a variety of occasions and special events. From the Great Hall, with its stunning views of the Columbus skyline, to the rooftop terrace, our spaces make events memorable. Meeting rooms on the lower level can accommodate groups of up to 180, and catering services are available.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum - Inside Museum

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Get Involved Today

Honor the contributions of those who’ve served, and help ensure their stories live on to inspire future generations. Consider making a donation to support our exhibitions, educational programming and community outreach. Or join our team as a volunteer and take an active role in supporting the museum’s mission.