Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal features the Cincinnati Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Natural History & Science Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, and OMNIMAX.
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- Open: Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) 1301 Western Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Phone: 513-287-7000 or 800-733-2077
- Web: www.cincymuseum.org/
The Cincinnati Museum Center is a nationally recognized institution dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight, and inspiration. As one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest, Cincinnati Museum Center has served as an educational, research, and entertainment resource to millions of visitors from around the world. In October of 2009, The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) presented the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Cincinnati Museum Center as one of 10 recipients of the award. The honor is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make “extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions.”
Organizations within Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. These organizations combine to serve more than 1.4 million visitors annually, reaching out to nearly 400,000 young people through hands-on exhibits and programs.
Originally built in 1933 as a train station, Union Terminal stands as one of the last remaining grand-scale Art Deco style railroad terminals. The building is a National Historic Landmark and was renovated and reopened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990. For information, call 1-800-733-2077 or visit www.cincymuseum.org.
The Duke Energy Children’s Museum opened in 1998 and has since consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the world. The museum’s exhibits allow kids to climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. Discover hands-on fun for kids of all ages in our eight educational and dramatic exhibit areas, including two specially designed for preschool-age children and younger—Little Sprouts Farm and Kids’ Town. Each year, the Children’s Museum presents over 1,800 hours of programming for children covering topics such as arts, culture, reading, science, and more. At the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, fun and learning go hand in hand.
The Museum of Natural History & Science allows visitors to walk through a glacier and step back 19,000 years into the Ice Age of the Ohio Valley. Or explore a re-created Kentucky limestone cave, complete with underground waterfalls, streams, fossils, and a live bat colony. Interactive exhibits of the human body, a natural trading post, and migration and extinction complement live demonstrations from gardening to collecting and cleaning fossils to teach how all facets of the natural world interact.
The Cincinnati History Museum opened in 1990 and is one of the largest and most significant urban history museums in the country. The Cincinnati History Museum displays materials and related aspects of the history of Cincinnati and the surrounding region. Permanent exhibits include a re-creation of the Cincinnati Public Landing of the late 1850s, where you can step aboard a 94-foot side-wheel steamboat. The museum also has a large home-front exhibit on World War II and an actual 1940s streetcar. Visitors can also see a model of the city of Cincinnati from the 1900s to the 1940s with working trains and inclines, as well as interactive computer stations.