Museum of Ornithology

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Museum of Ornithology
Type Exhibition
Park Section South
Built 1903
Opened 1903
Closed Unknown
Length 70 ft. (21.3 m)
Width 30 ft. (9.1 m)

The Museum of Ornithology was built in 1903 at Olentangy Park and featured over 3,000 specimens of rare birds and animals. Located on the plateau, the building was 30 ft. (9.1 m) by 70 ft. (21.3 m). Naturalist Oliver Davie moved an extensive collection of mounted birds and animals from Minerva Park to Olentangy Park. It was thought that Olentangy Park would be more accessible to local university students. There over 1,500 specimens of the 3,000 were brought from Minerva Park.[1] An aquarium was built in the center of the building - the first of its kind in Columbus.[2] Admission was free.[3]

In 1914, the mounted bird display was purchased by the Audubon Society and was installed in the Sullivant School.[4]

See Also


  1. "Olentangy Park." Sunday Columbus Dispatch. 3 May 1903. Pg. 8-9.
  2. "Birds and Fish." Saturday Columbus Dispatch. 28 February 1903. Pg. 11.
  3. "Columbus Railway & Light Co." Street Railway Review. Vol. XVI. No. 2. Pg. 70.
  4. "Bird Lovers Will Meet." The Lantern. 1 October 1914. Pg. 3.