February Columbus Museum lineup includes Free Third Thursday, art activities and lectures

It's free to view exhibits at The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road. Many of the museum's family-friendly programs are also free. Here's a sample of the museum's February activities and programs. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. For more information, visit columbusmuseum.com.

Parasols, Purses, and Petticoats: Costume Accessories from the Permanent Collection Exhibit: The exhibit opens Feb. 10 and is on view until June 2 in the Galleria Cases. Accessories beautify an outfit, but they can also serve other functions. This exhibition draws from the museum’s extensive costume collection and is the first-ever installation devoted to accessories. Items will include fans, parasols, purses, jewelry, bonnets, capes, shoes, shawls, and foundation garments. There will be examples to try on, and visitors can pick up a guide to pieces in the permanent collection galleries that portray accessories in use. Shop an Accessories Boutique at the Museum on Friday, March 1st with Susan T. Edge, Couture Collection.

Family Art Affair: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Drop in the studio and create a bottle cap necklace. Free.

Third Thursdays – Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez: Mardi Gras at the Museum: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Interested in experiencing the Columbus Museum in a whole new way? Attend an after-hours experience on the Third Thursday of each month. Listen to live music, take tours of special exhibitions, and participate in artist talks. Free, no reservations are required and refreshments are provided. Come experience “Mardi Gras at the Museum” with live music by the "CSU Jazz Syncopators" under the direction of Alex Pershounin.

Dawn Black Conceal Project: On view through Feb. 24. Yarbrough Gallery. Who are we really? There are roles we choose to play in our lives and others that are imposed on us. Our true identities are often concealed behind a mask or costume. Dawn Black’s Conceal Project examines the practice of masquerade especially in relation to identity. Three hundred postcard sized works on paper painted in watercolor, ink, and gouache present portraits of individuals altering their identity through masks, uniforms, fashion, and other seemingly random forms of concealment. The artist hopes that in exploring the concealment practiced by people in order to be their real selves, we are able to reevaluate our own biases about unfamiliar norms and cultures. FREE

Growing Up in the Valley: Stories of Childhood from the Permanent CollectionOn view through March 3. History Gallery. Frontier exploration and settlement, war, roaring mills, and a growing Army post – the Chattahoochee Valley has seen a full range of life-changing and society-altering events throughout its history. The sons and daughters who grew up in this region became adults while navigating a tricky landscape of shifting expectations, as both their surroundings and the idea of childhood itself changed dramatically. This exhibition examines the experiences of the Valley’s youngest residents in times of laughter and tears. Drawing exclusively from the Museum’s permanent collection, historic toys, children’s clothing, photographs, school memorabilia, and other artifacts illuminate the experiences of growing up in the Columbus area for generations of residents.

Arts 4 Alzheimer’s - Art Making: Arts 4 Alzheimer's is an innovative program designed specifically for individuals living with early stage Alzheimer's disease. The program gives those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia type illnesses, exciting and creative ways to communicate and express their feelings. Each program promotes stimulating activities and social interaction for those living with loved ones. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer artist educator or to register a loved one for the program, please contact the education assistant at 706-748-2562 ext.651 or sworley@columbusmuseum.com.