Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

History Museum and Science Museum
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  • Jenna Lee T.
    "film in the Omnimax Theatre...magnificent!"(3 Tips)
    Chris T.
    "neighboring Holiday Junction area."(3 Tips)
    Douglass M.
    "Two next weekend is the last for the remarkable Cleopatra exhibit."(3 Tips)
    Mary H.
    "The rotunda tour is well worth the time!"(2 Tips)
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  • Cicely L.
    Cicely LSeptember 6, 2016
    The DaVinci exhibit was very nice but due to the remodeling there is nothing else to do here unless you have kids. A return trip when it's finished is definitely on my list.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CastorMay 27, 2016
    National Parks exhibit was great
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HollisMay 16, 2016
    The natural history and science museum is very nice my favorite part is when you get to travel into a cave :)
  • Tracy P.
    Lego exhibit and I max show
  • Andy G.
    Andy GuinigundoMarch 21, 2016
    Such a great example of Art Deco at its finest. Oh and world class museums and IMAX. Try catching an organ concert in there. Awesome.
  • Jarrad H.
    Jarrad HolbrookFebruary 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A gorgeous historic facility that houses 3 museums, a special exhibit gallery, and an Omnimax theatre (IMAX in a dome).
  • Kristin L.
    Kristin LasitaJanuary 1, 2016
    The history here is fantastic. Catch an Omnimax film and visit the Cincinnati history museum. I also did the High Steel tour.
  • Peter R.
    Peter RauhDecember 24, 2015
    Best location for great museums possible!
  • Alexis Y.
    Alexis YarussoNovember 7, 2015
    Everything
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellySeptember 7, 2015
    One of our Favorite spots when we visit Cincinnati
  • R B.
    R BFebruary 4, 2015
    You could spend a day here! Good for families, couples, dates, and even those going alone.
  • Ed P.
    Ed PaffDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the elevator for a quicker way to holiday junction.
  • Adam T.
    Adam TrimbleOctober 5, 2014
    Best museum ever
  • Brad
    BradAugust 9, 2014
    Took the kids, didn't tell them is was history related, they enjoyed themselves, when pointed out that they learned a little history they were still intrigued.
  • Katie W.
    Katie WebbAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    There are three museums, an omnimax and a train station all in this fantastic historic building.
  • Tim W.
    Tim WalkerJune 5, 2014
    Haven't been yet but looking forward to it.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew McGillNovember 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Come see the Mistletones as they carol throughout the Museum Center, Wednesday-Sunday through Christmas Eve. Also, check out A Christmas Carol (abridged) in Rickart Auditorium- free to the public!
  • Chantel C.
    Chantel CuddemiNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the perfect place to learn about history.
  • Amy H.
    Amy HarrisonNovember 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Holiday junction, is free until Christmas Day if you are a duke energy customer. Call them for your confirmation code before you come. didn't call before you came? call now, it's not too late. :-)
  • Amy H.
    Amy HarrisonOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The princess Diana memorabilia tour is coming to the museum after the dinosaurs exhibit leaves, from February to August 2014. Get ready!!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJuly 19, 2013
    Had a good time here & learned a lot!
  • Jay W.
    Jay WilliamsJuly 6, 2013
    On really crowded days, be sure to take a sedative before entering the Children's Museum..
  • Billy K.
    Billy KefauverJuly 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Surprisingly good pizza and they have Starbucks!
  • M. Y.
    M. YuJuly 1, 2013
    Wonderful building with good museums. Friendly staffs and/or volunteers all around made it a very interactive experience for the kids on the History of Cincinnati side.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CormierJune 25, 2013
    Check out the models of Cincinnati in the 1940s.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BealeMay 5, 2013
    Cave is worth the trip
  • Christina L.
    Christina LortonApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch flight of the butterflies! It's awesome!
  • Nathan T.
    Nathan TraylorApril 9, 2013
    A great experience for the entire family. Take the time to discover this gem of Cincinnati.
  • Sara G.
    Sara GalvinApril 6, 2013
    Bring a jacket, lower level exhibits are chilly.
  • Jay D.
    Jay DunnoMarch 9, 2013
    Wow! Neat place.
  • Lewis R.
    Lewis RileyFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The vending machines take credit cards
  • Douglass M.
    Douglass McDonaldJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit attendance is increasing. Last weekend several times sold out. Get tickets in advance & go now before the crush if all the last minute crunch.
  • Cincinnati History Photos
    This was once the site of Lincoln Park, which featured boats on a beautiful lake. By the 1920s it was filled with the homeless, so city leaders decided to close the park and build Union Terminal here. Read more
  • Tom B.
    Tom BroadJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Makes for a perfect rainy afternoon family time!
  • Cincinnati History Photos
    What you see today is only a portion of the original building. The entire train concourse/waiting area was demolished in 1973. Passengers entered through the hallway where the Omnimax is today. Read more
  • Cincinnati History Photos
    The Rookwood Tea Room (now an ice cream shop) is in the front of the rotunda to the right as you enter the building. The floor and walls are covered in Rookwood Tile. It housed the USO during WWII. Read more
  • Cincinnati History Photos
    The check in desk was usually dormant during the day but became a hub of activity every evening as porters checked travelers in for overnight trains. The large murals can now be found at CVG.
  • Charlie B.
    Charlie BottJanuary 5, 2013
    See the bat show !!!!!!
  • Christine R.
    Christine RuderDecember 30, 2012
    The people working here were very nice. They need 2do something about their lines. It seems that we spent half of our time waiting in line. Also, there needs 2B more handicap parking near the doors.
  • Amy H.
    Amy HarrisonDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    During the busy holiday season come as soon as the museum opens or earlier (10am) to ensure a close parking spot and a short line at the ticket counter.
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioDecember 14, 2012
    The museum offers an online exhibition to commemorate the life and career of Abraham Lincoln. It features digital scans of primary historical documents in Lincoln's hand, or signed by him.
  • David R.
    David RainwaterSeptember 3, 2012
    Marvin at Track One Pizza was handling money then food. He also coughed into his hand before touching my plate. Gross.
  • Chelsea E.
    Chelsea EiermannAugust 8, 2012
    Eat before you come.. Lol
  • Michael R.
    Michael RotgersAugust 4, 2012
    As usual, this museum never disappoints!
  • David J.
    David JenningsJuly 6, 2012
    Great way to learn and beat the heat!!
  • Kerri R.
    Kerri RainboltMay 29, 2012
    Must see for photo ops - great architecture. IMAX is worth going for too.
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioApril 17, 2012
    Featuring room-sized frescos, gold coins, bronze & marble sculptures, hundreds of priceless artifacts & the largest collection of body casts ever on display – all frozen in time. Through August 12.
  • Troy G.
    Troy GibsonApril 12, 2012
    Amtak opens at 11 but the mean Lady hounds you Creepy
  • Mary H.
    Mary HendersonMarch 11, 2012
    The rotunda tour is well worth the time! And it's FREE!
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Duke Energy Holiday Trains are a Cincinnati tradition. Their new home at Museum Center affords a lot more room to the display and includes the neighboring Holiday Junction area.
  • Hollie A.
    Hollie ADecember 24, 2011
    My son was not even an inch too tall and they wouldn't let him ride on the train on Christmas Eve...
  • Dewey G.
    Dewey GDecember 23, 2011
    Worst holiday display in Cincinnati. Two hours to see train display with one train moving. Should have stayed at Duke Energy building. Save a trip!
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly StitesDecember 23, 2011
    Don't go see the train exhibit today. Madness!!!!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RotgersNovember 18, 2011
    Allow yourself ample time to see everything
  • Liz B.
    Liz BoshearsNovember 6, 2011
    If u take ur children to the water play area in the childrens musuem don't get pissy if u get wet!!
  • Catherine E.
    Catherine EscobedoNovember 3, 2011
    Found a great tip! Pay $3 to receive a voucher for one ALL MUSEUMS PASS when a second ALL MUSEUMS PASS of equal or greater value is purchased http://bit.ly/rTLNE4 Read more
  • Cristal Y.
    Cristal YellenSeptember 29, 2011
    If ur here for childrens hospital its free.
  • Amber L.
    Amber LutesSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Well worth the price if you have kids! Great children's museum!
  • Douglass M.
    Douglass McDonaldAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't wait to take children. At six months they will enjoy the Little Peeps area which is reserved for those under 18 months
  • Douglass M.
    Douglass McDonaldAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Two next weekend is the last for the remarkable Cleopatra exhibit. It is the best exhibit ever in Cincinnati. See it!
  • Dave J.
    Dave JonesAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Find the old Control Center for the railroad
  • Binky B.
    Binky BearAugust 23, 2011
    Feel the polar bear fur!
  • Binky B.
    Binky BearAugust 23, 2011
    Admire the big diagram of Cincinnati.
  • Binky B.
    Binky BearAugust 23, 2011
    Take pictures at the different shops in Children Town!
  • Binky B.
    Binky BearAugust 23, 2011
    Do the Cleopatra exhibit! It's interesting!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda McDonaldAugust 19, 2011
    It houses the nation's largest home-front exhibit on World War II.
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For the best photos: shoot first thing in the morning when the rising sun is hitting the front of the building. In the evenings the sun sets behind it, leaving the facade in the dark.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncAugust 4, 2011
    Did you know? There's a treasure hunt in The Woods area! The first clue is across from the slide!
  • Cincinnati History Photos
    Cincinnati Union Terminal under construction on 2/26/32; the art deco landmark opened on 3/31/33. The arch represented a metaphorical gateway to the city. Photo courtesy Cincinnati Museum Center.
  • S T.
    S TJuly 29, 2011
    Love the ice age exhibit
  • Alison B.
    Alison BazeleyJuly 8, 2011
    Cell and Internet service is spotty down here. (twitch)
  • Jay S.
    Jay SwanJune 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A must for all parents. Lots of different things for kids to explore and enjoy. A great place to spend time when it is too hot or two rainy to be outside. Read more
  • Douglass M.
    Douglass McDonaldJune 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Cleopatra exhibit and the Tornado Ally film are making for a tremendous pair of attractions.
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonMay 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss their Music in the Museum concert series. You can literally feel every beautiful note from the 1929 EM Skinner organ whose divisions (4,000 pipes worth!) are hidden behind the false ticket Read more
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HughesApril 23, 2011
    Don't waste your money on Tornado Alley. Very few cool shots and I saw basically the same show on TV.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismApril 12, 2011
    3 for the price of 1! Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, and Museum of Natural History & Science ($12.50 adults, $8.50 kids). The perfect affordable outing for the whole family! Read more
  • Jake D.
    Jake DanielMarch 26, 2011
    Get your tickets at Will Call and skip the long line! Here's the phone number (800) 733-2077. Cheers!
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comJanuary 21, 2011
    Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt is a can't miss January 18th - September 5th. Read more
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SiekbertJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you live in the area, I highly recommend getting a membership. It's very affordable and worth every cent, especially if you have kids of any age.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennisonOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the newly restored Cincinnati Dining Room. AMAZING!
  • Douglass M.
    Douglass McDonaldOctober 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Talk facing the wall in opposite front corners of rotunda & your voice will follow the arch of the 106 foot tall ceiling & be heard in opposite corner!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RomanSeptember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Legends of Flight should have been titled The Making of the Boeing 787
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TrippelAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the kiosk next to Starbucks on the weekends to take the rotunda tour.
  • Chris T.
    Chris ThompsonAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a tour that includes the President's Suite. It's been beautifully restored. The floors and walls are cork to deaden the sound of trains. Be sure to turn around and look above the door! [LINK] Read more
  • David C.
    David ColeAugust 2, 2010
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  • Sean B.
    Sean BryantJuly 28, 2010
    America I Am is a very cool exhibit. Check it out. Wish I could've stayed longer to read more about the displays.
  • Jenna Lee T.
    Jenna Lee ThomasJuly 8, 2010
    Highly suggest the "Mysteries of the Great Lakes" film in the Omnimax Theatre...magnificent! I'd also suggest stopping to speak to the youth helpers who sit along the museum exhibits, very informative Read more
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CarlisleJune 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    bug fest is awesome look at the mosquito control project
  • Nick C.
    Nick CoccoMay 26, 2010
    Check out the Omnimax if you want the see what used to be high tech.
  • Douglass M.
    Douglass McDonaldMay 3, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    You must stare at the rotunda and think...wow it is 106 feet to the top. Go to the corner of the rotunda by the Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor and send a friend to the opposite corner. You can hear each ot Read more
  • Carly Z.
    Carly ZeisApril 30, 2010
    Always a great place to visit. Try to go to the man-made caves down in the Natural History portion of the museum. Try the SpaceMan ice cream at the gift shop!
  • Glenn W.
    Glenn WardApril 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Parking doesn't accept credit cards, so have some cash on hand.
  • Emily
    EmilyMarch 31, 2010
    Perfect for fun with the family or friends or even a date. The omnimax is cool too.
  • Kelley U.
    Kelley UjvaryMarch 22, 2010
    Under the Sea at the Omnimax Theatre! Narration by Jim Carrey makes it way more interesting than anything I saw there when I was younger. The 45 minute show is worth the $7.50 Read more
  • Chris K.
    Chris KnightJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to visit on a cold day off with the kids! Also a fantastic venue to hold a wedding especially if you want great wedding photos & video.
  • J M.
    J MJanuary 27, 2010
    Always a good time at the museum. Seen the Titanic, Bodies, and popes exhibits here. Read more
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