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Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203 USA

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Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Sat 10a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“Inspiring people of all ages to learn”

Cincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark. Museum Center's major offerings at Union Terminal include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. Museum Center is the largest cultural institution in the city of Cincinnati, with more than 1.4 million visitors per year. Our permanent and temporary exhibits are supported and complemented by a state-of-the-art collections and research facility, the Geier Collections & Research Center, educational programs, professional development programs for teachers, day and overnight camps, public lectures and programs, tours of historic sites and community-wide cultural events. Museum Center’s collection encompass more than 1.8 million artifacts, art works and archives and is incorporated into our exhibition, research and education programs.

Cincinnati Museum Center will be known for its commitment to understanding the richness of our past, present and future by providing world-class learning experiences for children and adults.

Cincinnati Museum Center inspires people of all ages to learn more about world through science; regional history; and educational, engaging and meaningful experiences. 

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Reviewed by
CincinnatiUSA

  • Expert
  • 8 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
October 27, 2014

Kids can climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them with hands-on fun for all ages at one of the top children's museums in the country! Eight exhibit areas, including two especially designed for preschool-aged children and younger, and more than 1,800 hours of programming makes fun and learning go hand in hand.

8 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tony Alexander

  • 19 Reviews
  • 33 Helpful
June 14, 2012

Who wouldn't want to visit the inspiration for The Hall of Justice and the greatest example of Art Deco architecture in the world?  It's a kick-ass museum - especially for kids - but all will enjoy.  Check out the Omnimax theater too.  Oh, and if that weren't enough, it's still a functioning Amtrak station.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Chris Spinney Long

  • Tour Guide
  • 173 Reviews
  • 191 Helpful
April 7, 2014

The 2nd largest half dome in the world behind Sydney Opera House. Love this damn building and it's art deco goodness with all my heart.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 575 Reviews
  • 151 Helpful
July 7, 2014

Really fun place to spend a lazy, rainy Sunday as it's never too crowded and there are a lot of fun activities to take part in. Free parking, too!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jason Speck

  • 29 Reviews
  • 47 Helpful
October 1, 2014

It’s no X-Mansion, but this is one of my favorite buildings in Cincinnati. Worth a visit for the ceiling and Cincinnati diorama alone.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Luisa

  • 332 Reviews
  • 163 Helpful
September 30, 2014

One of the most beautiful and storied buildings in Cincinnati. Home to the Omnimax theatre where they are constantly changing from one hour-long documentary to the next amazing one. Definitely worth going to see as many of them as possible. They also bring some pretty cool exhibits to the city, I went to see Bodies here a few years ago. It's a great place to take kids on a rainy or blustery winter day.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
David Stacy

  • 133 Reviews
  • 79 Helpful
August 29, 2014

Love the diorama of Cincinnati, and the kids will love the kids museum. But beyond that the murals on the inside of the dome are worth the visit all by themselves.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Abe Lincoln

  • 126 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
November 5, 2014

This place is worth a visit, even if it's just to see the building, which is an art deco masterpiece that used to serve as a train station. Some of the exhibits in the history and natural history museums could use a little love, but they're still interesting and informative. They also have a great children's museum and OMNIMAX theater. A must see in Cincinnati!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Curt Rice

  • 49 Reviews
  • 31 Helpful
July 17, 2014

Probably my favorite part is whispering on one side of the dome and seeing if your friend can hear you on the other side. I went with my niece and probably had just as much fun as she did if not more.

1 person found this review helpful

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Christopher Warren

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  • 134 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 22, 2016

I absolutely love this place. So many memories of learning about the world around us as a kid here. The main room's ceiling is a beautiful mosaic that pays homage to Cincinnati and the people who've shaped it. They have a wonderful Omnimax theater that plays breathtaking documentaries. This is a must for families and individuals alike!

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Anna Hider

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  • 1,230 Reviews
  • 336 Helpful
May 18, 2016

Some of the exhibits are a little outdated, but they're actually in the process of fixing a lot of this place up now. The Children's Museum is outstanding, and the history museum has some really cool stuff too. There's an OMNIMAX theater, which is a super cool experience, and they offer free tours of the stunning building periodically (you don't need to buy admission to any museum to do those). Also, go up into the train tower!

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Reviewed by
melkneec

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  • 0 Helpful
July 8, 2015

If I could give this place 10 stars I would!! They have many events through out the year, some of them are free. This is my favorite building of all time.

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Reviewed by
Todd Mowbray

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  • 191 Reviews
  • 142 Helpful
October 1, 2014

If you are planning a trip to Cincinnati, this place is a don't miss. The Museum Center is incredible. Perhaps one of my favorites in town. Tons of exhibits, things to see, and incredible art deco architecture, you can easily spend hours here!

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Reviewed by
Agnes

  • 67 Reviews
  • 47 Helpful
September 30, 2014

How can you just not marvel at this architecture? It's jaw-dropping. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.

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Reviewed by
John Lauck

  • 59 Reviews
  • 45 Helpful
September 30, 2014

The Cincinnati Museum Center doesn't get enough credit. It's a must see for it's incredible architecture inside and out. The Omnimax theatre is always fun and there are always several entertaining exhibits for kids.

Parking has been reasonable, but never free since I've been!

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Reviewed by
Brandon Kraeling

  • 72 Reviews
  • 21 Helpful
September 30, 2014

Absolutely love the museum center. It's always worth my time to go, and they have new exhibits all the time and I find that I learn a lot every time I go. Not only that, but it's in one of the most historic buildings in the city, which is an amazing sight to see in itself.

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Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
45203 USA

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Closed Now
  • Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking

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