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Directions & Parking


The Museum collections are located at 1315 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio (43212). For those traveling to use our facilities, we are located on the university's West Campus. 

     Coming from the south, take State Route 315 north through Columbus and exit at Lane Avenue. Take Lane Avenue west (turn left) until the first traffic light and turn left onto Kenny Road. Take Kenny Road south to Kinnear Road (the second traffic light) and turn right onto Kinnear Road. We are located on the left at 1315 Kinnear.

     Coming from the north take State Route 315 south into Columbus and exit at Kinnear Road, turning right. Travel west past Kenny Road and we are located on the left.

     From the east or west coming on I-70, watch for the sign for SR 315 north; take 315 north to Lane Avenue where you exit and proceed left (west) to the first stoplight (Kenny Road). Turn left on Kenny and head south to Kinnear Road, where you turn right and follow to 1315.


  • Visitor parking is pay-by-plate (no physical passes or printouts necessary) and can be paid for hourly or daily online:
    • Hourly parking at the museum is available through the Parkmobile website and mobile app.
      • You can pre-pay online, or pay when you arrive using the app. The Museum's parking lot is Parkmobile Zone #69346.
    • Daily If visiting for >4 hours, purchasing a Surface Day Pass ($10.75/day) from OSU Campusparc is cheaper than paying hourly.
    • Longer-term (>1 week) visitors should coordinate with their host faculty/staff member to determine the best parking option.
  • Parking at the museum is free for government-owned vehicles.
  • Vehicles with only rear license plates are required to park with the license plate visible from the drive lane. Vehicles with both front and rear license plates may back in or pull through a space.

Public Transit / OSU CABS Shuttles

  • The museum is close to COTA bus Route 31 (Stop: 1197 KINNEAR RD) and Route 3 (Stop: NORTHWEST BLVD & INDEPENDENCE RD.), generally buses arrive every 30 minutes between 6AM and 9PM.
  • OSU students, staff, faculty, and affiliates can make use of the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS), which arrives every 8-10 minutes 7AM-6PM. 
  • There is a CABS West Campus (WC / purple line) stop across the street at 1314 Kinnear Rd. (The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory).


  • Bike racks are available near the museum entrance for cyclists. 
  • Certain collections may allow visitors/students/staff to bring bikes inside their area upon request, but this is at the discretion of the curator/supervisor of each collection. Bikes may not be stored in the hallways, per the fire code.