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I've heard luke warm reviews of COSI here in Columbus. Still, I'm considering getting a family membership so the wife and kids have some place to go and hang when the weather turns nazdy. The membership price is 80 bucks, which considering a one-time family visit would cost something like $30-plus, it may be worthwhile.

 

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I wouldn't get the membership.  I went to COSI in August and wasn't very impressed with the displays/activities (but I was impressed with the building itself)!  Personally I found the COSI in Toledo to be much more enjoyable.

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Personally I found the COSI in Toledo to be much more enjoyable.

 

I personally wouldn't go THAT far ;).

 

Seriously! I liked the displays and demos more in Toledo!!! :)

 

and by the way........I'm not a science geek LOL

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^Friggin' beautiful!

 

Back to COSI. I called the membership center an hour or so ago. Two HUGE strikes against:

 

1) Unlike my Detroit Zoo and Columbus Zoo membership, parking is NOT covered.

2) Unlike my Detroit Zoo (and possibly Columbus Zoo) membership, I can't pay full admission and then at the conclusion of that visit, should I choose to purchase a membership, apply the price paid for admission towards the cost of the membership.

 

What a freaking gyp! No wonder they get so little love.

 

Screw COSI. I'll put the $80 toward building my own Foucault's Pendulum. Whatever's left over goes toward the Sword of Damocles.

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Personally I found the COSI in Toledo to be much more enjoyable.

 

I personally wouldn't go THAT far ;).

 

Seriously!  I liked the displays and demos more in Toledo!!! :)

 

and by the way........I'm not a science geek LOL

 

Well, you are from the FIRELANDS!

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Personally I found the COSI in Toledo to be much more enjoyable.

 

I personally wouldn't go THAT far ;).

 

Seriously!  I liked the displays and demos more in Toledo!!! :)

 

and by the way........I'm not a science geek LOL

 

Well, you are from the FIRELANDS!

 

 

So was Thomas Edison!!! :)

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Trash.

^Along with his Nazi-loving pals Henry Ford and Charles A. Lindbergh.

 

 

What's the matter with Edison?  Did you guys forget to pay your last electric bill?  And now you don't have the convenience of Edison's invention?

 

LOL :lol:

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From the 10/20/06 (OSU) Lantern:

 

 

PHOTO: U-TV let's you see how things would be if you were a weather anchor on the nightly news.

 

PHOTO: One of the editing studios the studio will use when everything is finished.  Media Credit: David Heasley

 

Digital media center opens at COSI

Tito Atkinson

Issue date: 10/20/06 Section: Campus

 

After three years of planning and implementation, WOSU and the Center for Science and Industry celebrated the opening of the new Digital Media Center Sept. 29.  WOSU has moved its operation to the COSI location downtown, where visitors are greeted with three exhibits, a digital welcome mat, an interactive U-TV studio and an EffecTV exhibit.

 

 

http://www.thelantern.com/media/storage/paper333/news/2006/10/20/Campus/Digital.Media.Center.Opens.At.Cosi-2379829.shtml?norewrite200610311860&sourcedomain=www.thelantern.com

 

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From the 10/31/06 Dispatch:

 

 

COSI adds perks to boost membership

Science museum offering gift cards, passes, programs

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Marla Matzer Rose

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

"Star Wars" brought them in.  Now, COSI Columbus hopes to keep its new patrons with more family programs, free guest passes and Red Robin gift cards.  Membership in the science museum is about 19,000 now.  That’s still more than 25 percent below its high point of 24,173, reached in COSI’s 1999-2000 fiscal year, the first year in the institution’s $125 million Downtown location.  But things look better now, as blockbuster exhibits such as "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit" in 2005 and this year’s "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" helped bring in thousands of new memberships.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/business-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/10/31/20061031-E1-01.html

 

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COSI Columbus splitting with Toledo counterpart

Business First of Columbus - by Adrian Burns, Business First

Monday, November 6, 2006

 

COSI Columbus and COSI Toledo have split.  The science centers, which shared a name, administrative operations and at times a similar vision, are no longer legally affiliated.  The Toledo organization is expected to change its name by mid-2007, a decade after the Columbus organization helped get it off the ground.

 

A failure to achieve a broader affiliation between the groups, coupled with a need for clearer identities at the science centers contributed to the decision to sever ties, said COSI Columbus Chief Executive Officer David Chesebrough.

 

Full article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/11/06/story2.html

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From the 11/11/06 Dispatch:

 

 

DISCOUNT MEMBERSHIPS

COSI looks to attract low-income families

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Matt Tullis

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

COSI Columbus has become an invaluable resource for Angel and Craig Pendleton, who have four home-schooled children ranging in age from 6 to 16.  In the Gadgets exhibition, the Morrow County children are able to experiment with levers and pulleys, and in the Ocean area, they try to build pipes that will force water uphill.  If not for a special program that offers reduced family memberships, the Pendletons, who are self-employed and qualify for Medicaid, could not afford to visit the science museum nearly as often.

 

COSI began offering Family Access memberships in November 2004 to families based on financial need. There are 1,434 families paying the reduced $20 yearly fee, including the Pendletons. Anyone who participates in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, Medicaid or the state’s food-stamp program qualifies.  Family Access members make up about 5 percent of COSI’s 19,000 members. David Chesebrough, the museum’s president and chief executive officer, wants to see that number increase dramatically.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/11/11/20061111-C1-04.html

 

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From the 12/25/06 Dispatch:

 

 

Vets Memorial still awaits a fix

Months-old plan for task force stalls; new manager to take reins at venue

Monday, December 25, 2006

Robert Vitale

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Five months after declaring it’s time to "cut bait" on Franklin County Veterans Memorial, county commissioners have yet to take the first promised step toward deciding whether the financially struggling auditorium stays or goes.  A task force proposed in July to study the future of the deficitridden county-owned venture has yet to be appointed.  Commissioner Paula Brooks said the plan "stalled out" when the November election campaign kicked into gear, and it was further delayed by county budget deliberations, which began immediately afterward.

 

The hall is faring no better, though, than when Brooks proposed the review after a $200,000 bailout request during the summer.  Commissioners wrote another check this month — this time for nearly $208,000 — to cover expenses for the auditorium and exhibition hall.  It brings the total cost of Veterans Memorial subsidies to more than $1.8 million since a string of annual losses began in 2002, nearly depleting a fund created when the federal government bought a piece of the auditorium’s land for the Franklinton floodwall.

 

Full story at http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/12/25/20061225-C1-02.html

 

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Link contains a photo.  From the 1/29/07 Dispatch:

 

 

Titanic, 'Star Wars' exhibits gave COSI new life

Officials hopeful attractions in '07 will continue attendance rebound

Monday, January 29, 2007

Matt Tullis

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Visitors to COSI Columbus have been spoiled the past two years with pop-culture exhibits about the Titanic and Star Wars that packed them into the science museum.  There are no such blockbusters on tap for 2007, but museum officials are hoping exhibits centered on Albert Einstein, the Cartoon Network, Gregor Mendel and Bob the Builder can sustain the momentum.

 

Read more at

http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/contentbe/dispatch/2007/01/29/20070129-C1-03.html

 

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From the 3/10/07 Dispatch:

 

 

* PHOTO: Construction worker Mike Helt reassembles the Science Spectrum sculpture at COSI?s main entrance. It had been in the outdoor science park since 1999.  DORAL CHENOWETH III DISPATCH

 

Adornment at last

COSI jazzes up artless entrance by relocating Science Spectrum sculpture

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Matt Tullis

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

On the ground next to COSI Columbus lay 26 branches adorned with 182 cubes. Their Mylar coating caught yesterday?s early-morning sunlight, reflecting bright reds, oranges, greens and blues.  The branches were ready to be moved. But the pole they had twirled on since the Science Spectrum sculpture was moved from E. Broad Street to the new COSI in 1999 wasn't budging.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/contentbe/dispatch/2007/03/10/20070310-C1-00.html

 

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From the 3/16/07 Dispatch:

 

 

* GRAPHIC: If you go

 

COSI to open all week long for spring break, summer

Science museum hopes to attract more visitors without key exhibit

Friday, March 16, 2007

Matt Tullis

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

For the first time since June 2004, COSI Columbus will be open seven days a week even without a blockbuster exhibit.  Beginning Monday, the science museum will be open all week through April 15 as it tries to lure families with kids on spring break.  It will go back to five days a week (closed on Monday and Tuesday) from April 16 until Memorial Day, when it will once again open its doors all week through Labor Day.  David Chesebrough, entering his second year as president of COSI, called the expanded schedule an experiment to see whether more people will come or attendance will just spread out over seven days.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/contentbe/dispatch/2007/03/16/20070316-D8-00.html

 

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From the 3/29/07 Dispatch:

 

 

COSI to use county's $1 million for teaching

Grants will pay for programs; CEO says levy for operating costs may be needed

Thursday,  March 29, 2007 3:45 AM

By Barbara Carmen

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

For years, COSI Columbus has thought big -- a huge riverfront building and Titanic-size traveling exhibits.  Now, the museum's effort to reinvent and reinvigorate itself hinges, in part, on starting small.  Franklin County commissioners agreed Tuesday to a $1 million, one-year, taxpayer-funded deal with COSI to work with toddlers, preschoolers and parents.  The science museum will use the money -- part of a $4 million package of county, city and private dollars -- to develop programs that stimulate brain development, instill basic science concepts and offer preparation for school achievement tests.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/content/local_news/stories/2007/03/29/COMMIS28.ART_ART_03-29-07_B3_IE67L44.html

 

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COSI Columbus to welcome millionth camper tonight

Saturday,  April 18, 2009 - 3:03 AM

By Kevin Joy, The Columbus Dispatch

 

Elevated 17 feet aboveground, Rachael Waldman pedaled her feet nervously -- moving the "high-wire" unicycle inch by inch through a chamber of neon lights and wacky noises.  The 12-year-old released her grip from a safety harness for a moment and raised her hands.  Nerves made way for a smile.  At almost 9 p.m., her recent Saturday visit to COSI Columbus was just getting started.  She had joined about 800 other Girl Scouts -- and their chaperons -- as overnight guests for a COSI Camp-in.  Tonight, another milestone will be reached: The museum's millionth camper will be among hundreds of area Girl Scouts arriving with pajama pants and sleeping bags in tow. (The visitor and her troop will be celebrated, and every camper tonight will receive a sew-on patch commemorating the occasion.)

 

Read more at

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/life/stories/2009/04/18/1_COSI_MILLION.ART_ART_04-18-09_D1_DODIJBJ.html

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Invention Convention to debut at COSI May 23

Saturday,  May 16, 2009 - 7:34 PM

By Kate Hetrick, ThisWeek Contributor

 

Young innovators will present inventions such as "Taco Tape," "Backseat Buddy" and "The Super Nutrition Nanny" at the 13th annual Invention Convention on Saturday, May 23.  COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad St., will host the convention for the first time. COSI's public relations manager Kelli Nowinsky said, "We're excited. It's a perfect fit. COSI is the most appropriate venue in Columbus," said Cherylyn Rushton, executive director of the project. "It's the center of innovation."  A total of 357 inventors will present 260 original prototype inventions to a panel of judges, competing for the grand prize "Edison Award," a $2,500 college scholarship. 

 

Read more at

http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/delaware/stories/2009/05/16/0517deinvent_ln.html?sid=104

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Walker Evans just posted a rather lengthy interview with COSI President & CEO David Chesebrough over at Columbus Underground.  One of the most in-depth and informative discussions I've seen about one of Columbus' major public venues.

 

From Columbus Underground:

 

David Chesebrough Discusses the Future of COSI

By Walker | February 22, 2010 - 8:46am

 

It seems like only yesterday, but COSI, the Center of Science and Industry has spent a full decade in their current location on Broad Street in Franklinton.  Many people have fond memories of the original location while many more have spent the past ten years making new memories in the new building.  More recently, COSI has begun growing in new directions which include the addition of new industry-partnership exhibits to showcase cutting edge technology, new programming geared more for teenagers and adults, and finding other ways to leverage their leadership position to help positively shape the future of our city.

 

We recently sat down with COSI President & CEO David Chesebrough to discuss the past, present and future of this Columbus institution.

 

Full interview at http://www.columbusunderground.com/david-chesebrough-discusses-the-future-of-cosi

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Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I was really excited to talk to him, especially about the potential that lies in the land surrounding Franklinton. "The Plains of Franklinton" as they're sometimes called. ;)

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County considering what's best for 'Vets'

Hotel, expanded parking and exhibition space one idea

Monday,  March 8, 2010 - 3:45 AM

By Barbara Carmen

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Franklin County leaders are starting to look at what Veterans Memorial should become. Ideas for expanding the 55-year-old property include building a small hotel and bigger exhibition halls on its 17-acre campus, which offers views of the Downtown skyline and Scioto River.  "This is the most prime piece of real estate in our community, if not in our entire state and region," Commissioner John O'Grady said.

 

Leaders of the 11-member board of trustees that runs the county civic center met last month with O'Grady and Commissioner Marilyn Brown to discuss the venue's future.  They brought conceptual drawings for redevelopment.

 

But before commissioners reinvest in Vets, they're asking the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority for advice about the convention and show market.  The civic center, at 300 W. Broad St., rents space to the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission and is used by veterans for meetings.  But it also is used by events that wouldn't fill up - and therefore, don't want to pay for - larger arenas or the convention center.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/03/08/copy/county-considering-whats-best-for-vets.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

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"This is the most prime piece of real estate in our community, if not in our entire state and region," Commissioner John O'Grady said.

 

Hey Zeus!  If I had a nickel for every piece of real estate that was the most prime in "our community, if not our entire state and region", I could afford to buy a piece of real prime real estate.

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County OK's funding for Veterans Memorial upgrade

Plans should help venue win more shows

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

By Elizabeth Gibson, The Columbus Dispatch

 

Veterans Memorial is known as an annual gathering spot for some of the world's most muscled men.  But the venue for the Arnold Classic has been having problems with heavy lifting lately.  Its backstage elevator can't carry much of a load.

 

The board that runs the events side of the venue plans to spend $3 million in the next two years to add a better elevator, nicer bathrooms, accessibility features such as ramps, and other improvements.  County officials say the upgrade will give Veterans Memorial at 300 W. Broad Street a better shot at attracting bigger shows and make life easier for longtime partners such as the Arnold Classic.

 

County officials have discussed making even bigger changes - maybe expanding the facility or adding a hotel - but for now, they just need an elevator that isn't so old that companies have stopped manufacturing parts for it.

 

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/06/28/county-oks-funding-for-veterans-memorial-upgrade.html?sid=101

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The Scioto Peninsula Master Plan effort kicked off last week with a public meeting at COSI.  The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) has been asked by the City of Columbus and Franklin County to lead a process to create a strategic land use plan for the Scioto Peninsula.

 

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At the CDDC website below, there is a presentation of the initial development analysis for the Scioto Peninsula Master Plan, a press release for November Public Meeting and Scioto Peninsula Master Plan Survey.

 

MORE: http://downtowncolumbus.com/home/moving-forward/plan/scioto-peninsula

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MODERATOR NOTE: Reposting news wiped out by the server crash

 

Back in March 2013, local media began reporting about an idea to have a Columbus Zoo related attraction on the Scioto Peninsula.  What it might include was somewhat undetermined - but a location south of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) was mentioned as a likely landing spot.  Below are reports from the Dispatch and Columbus Underground:

 

Columbus Dispatch: Zoo’s ‘animal adventure’ may prowl at Downtown site

 

Columbus Underground: Columbus Zoo Excited About Possible Expansion to Scioto Peninsula

 

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Then in June 2013, more news came in a front page article from the Dispatch about an arts venue being added with the zoo attraction as part of the Scioto Peninsula wish list.  However, this news came with a controversial twist.  The arts venue would go on the current site of Vets Memorial, which would be demolished under this plan.  Below is an excerpt of that article with a link to the full article:

 

Plan would bring arts venue, zoo to area near COSI

By Josh Jarman and Lucas Sullivan, The Columbus Dispatch

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6:59 AM

 

Veterans Memorial would be demolished and replaced with a new arts venue under a $50 million plan local officials are considering for the Scioto Peninsula, across the river from Downtown.  Key to the plan is a $25 million donation from Limited founder Leslie H. Wexner and his wife, Abigail, for the new arts facility.  That would include a new memorial for veterans, a museum and an amphitheater or auditorium smaller than the 3,916-seat auditorium currently at Vets.

 

The redevelopment plan also includes a new, permanent attraction from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a roughly $50 million project that would be financed separately.  Zoo officials said in March that they want the space just south of COSI Columbus.  Yesterday, zoo officials confirmed that they are considering a November 2014 levy to help pay for that attraction.

 

Three sources who have seen the plan for Veterans Memorial say it was presented to all three Franklin County commissioners and Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and their staff members in the past few weeks by Guy Worley, president of the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. and the Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp.  Worley declined to comment on the plan.  Government officials, who did not want to be named because Worley asked them to keep the plan under wraps, said some details could change before it is unveiled.  The sources said they expect an official announcement in July.

(. . .)

After the Wexners’ donation, the remaining funding for redeveloping the Scioto Peninsula, including a new memorial for veterans, would come from Worley’s development corporation, the county and the state.  The development corporation would put in $5 million, and Worley is seeking $5 million from the county and $15 million from the state, the sources said.  Under the plan, land west of COSI and Veterans Memorial and east of the railroad tracks that cross the peninsula would be developed as apartments, condominiums and shops.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/06/11/a-new-plan-for-the-peninsula.html

 

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I remember commenting after the March news that I'd prefer to see Vets demolished and replaced with a new downtown stadium for the Columbus Crew.  The June news about the Wexner Arts Venue, and this follow-up interview the lead Crew sports reporter from the Dispatch had with the Crew's general manager, seem to make a downtown Crew stadium at Vets less and less of a possibility.

 

Dispatch: Crew Not Actively Engaged In Development Talks

 

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