The Cincinnati Museum Center is a collection of several museums and special exhibits, dedicated to educating and inspiring people. The entire complex is within the Union Terminal building, which was once an extremely busy railroad station, with up to 216 passenger trains going through a day! Union Terminal, an Art Deco style building, is covered on the inside walls in artwork and giant murals–more than 18,000 square feet! The Terminal contains exhibits telling the history of Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, and the story of the artists who painted all of the Terminal’s artwork. Free tours are also offered of the building.
The Cincinnati History Museum explores the history of Cincinnati from the 1800s until today. Learn about Cincinnati’s role in World War II, step inside a replica paddle wheel steam boat, and help costumed actors with their tasks. You can also observe a replica model of the city from the early 1900s, with functional trains and streetcars, buildings with lights on inside, and more! It looks shockingly like a real city!
Duke Energy Children’s Museum is said to be in the top 10 Children’s Museums in America! The museum contains a toy town, a woods themed playground, a water works area where children can build dams and operate canals & sluice gates, and a great deal more.
The Museum of Natural History & Science leads you through all manner of interesting things, from a limestone cave and underground waterfall, to giant bats, a glacier, a replica of Neil Armstrong’s space suit, and much, much more. There are also several activities for you to get in on.
The museum complex also houses the Cincinnati History Library & Archives, which has been in operation since 1831, and is an excellent place to do genealogy research, and has a large collection of printed work, with some books dating back as far as 1471! The museum also has many other manuscripts, as well as photograph and film collections.
The OMNIMAX Theater plays magnificent films and documentaries, on an incredible large screen and sound system!
The museums are open Monday through Saturday 10 am–5 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am–6 pm, and the Library noon–5 pm weekdays, 10 am–5 pm Saturdays, and closed Sundays & Holidays. Admittance for the museums are all included in one ticket. Tickets for the museum and the theater, as well as parking information, and nearby restaurants, can be found at CincyMuseum.org.
The Museum Center is located at 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203.