Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

History Museum and Science Museum
1301 Western Ave (at Union Terminal), Cincinnati, OH 45203, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

Originally built as a train station in 1933, Cincinnati Museum Center now houses three museums, an OMNIMAX Theater, special exhibitions and more.

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    Ed P.
    Take the elevator for a quicker way to holiday junction.(3 Tips)
    Douglass M.
    Two next weekend is the last for the remarkable Cleopatra exhibit.(2 Tips)
    Kevin T.
    kiosk next to Starbucks on the weekends to take the rotunda tour.(2 Tips)
    Kelley U.
    Under the Sea at the Omnimax Theatre!(2 Tips)
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  • Rayshaunda B.

    You could spend a day here! Good for families, couples, dates, and even those going alone.

    Rayshaunda Byrd · February 4
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  • Ed P.

    Take the elevator for a quicker way to holiday junction.

    Ed Paff · December 12, 2014
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  • Adam T.

    Best museum ever

    Adam Trimble · October 5, 2014
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  • Brad

    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.

    Brad · August 9, 2014
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  • Katie W.

    There are three museums, an omnimax and a train station all in this fantastic historic building.

    Katie Webb · August 9, 2014
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  • Tim W.

    Haven't been yet but looking forward to it.

    Tim Walker · June 5, 2014
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  • Andrew M.

    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!

    Andrew McGill · November 29, 2013
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  • Chantel C.

    This is the perfect place to learn about history.

    Chantel Cuddemi · November 27, 2013
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  • Amy H.

    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 Harrison · November 21, 2013
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  • Amy H.

    The princess Diana memorabilia tour is coming to the museum after the dinosaurs exhibit leaves, from February to August 2014. Get ready!!

    Amy Harrison · October 8, 2013
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  • Stephanie

    Had a good time here & learned a lot!

    Stephanie · July 19, 2013
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  • Jay W.

    On really crowded days, be sure to take a sedative before entering the Children's Museum..

    Jay Williams · July 6, 2013
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  • Billy K.

    Surprisingly good pizza and they have Starbucks!

    Billy Kefauver · July 5, 2013
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  • M. Y.

    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.

    M. Yu · July 1, 2013
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  • Jason C.

    Check out the models of Cincinnati in the 1940s.

    Jason Cormier · June 25, 2013
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  • Joshua B.

    Cave is worth the trip

    Joshua Beale · May 5, 2013
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  • Christina L.

    Watch flight of the butterflies! It's awesome!

    Christina Lorton · April 13, 2013
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  • Nathan T.

    A great experience for the entire family. Take the time to discover this gem of Cincinnati.

    Nathan Traylor · April 9, 2013
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  • Sara G.

    Bring a jacket, lower level exhibits are chilly.

    Sara Galvin · April 6, 2013
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  • Jay D.

    Wow! Neat place.

    Jay Dunno · March 9, 2013
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  • Lewis R.

    The vending machines take credit cards

    Lewis Riley · February 23, 2013
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  • Douglass M.

    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.

    Douglass McDonald · January 24, 2013
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  • 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

    Cincinnati History Photos · January 18, 2013
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  • Tom B.

    Makes for a perfect rainy afternoon family time!

    Tom Broad · January 13, 2013
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  • 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 · January 8, 2013
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  • 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 · January 8, 2013
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  • 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.

    Cincinnati History Photos · January 7, 2013
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  • Charlie B.

    See the bat show !!!!!!

    Charlie Bott · January 5, 2013
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  • Christine R.

    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.

    Christine Ruder · December 30, 2012
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  • Amy H.

    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.

    Amy Harrison · December 19, 2012
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  • Discover Ohio

    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.

    Discover Ohio · December 14, 2012
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  • David R.

    Marvin at Track One Pizza was handling money then food. He also coughed into his hand before touching my plate. Gross.

    David Rainwater · September 3, 2012
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  • Chelsea E.

    Eat before you come.. Lol

    Chelsea Eiermann · August 8, 2012
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  • Michael R.

    As usual, this museum never disappoints!

    Michael Rotgers · August 4, 2012
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  • David J.

    Great way to learn and beat the heat!!

    David Jennings · July 6, 2012
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  • Kerri R.

    Must see for photo ops - great architecture. IMAX is worth going for too.

    Kerri Rainbolt · May 29, 2012
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  • Discover Ohio

    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.

    Discover Ohio · April 17, 2012
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  • Troy G.

    Amtak opens at 11 but the mean Lady hounds you Creepy

    Troy Gibson · April 12, 2012
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  • Mary H.

    The rotunda tour is well worth the time! And it's FREE!

    Mary Henderson · March 11, 2012
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  • Chris T.

    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.

    Chris Thompson · January 1, 2012
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  • Hollie A.

    My son was not even an inch too tall and they wouldn't let him ride on the train on Christmas Eve...

    Hollie A · December 24, 2011
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  • Dewey G.

    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!

    Dewey G · December 23, 2011
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  • Kimberly S.

    Don't go see the train exhibit today. Madness!!!!

    Kimberly Stites · December 23, 2011
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  • Michael R.

    Allow yourself ample time to see everything

    Michael Rotgers · November 18, 2011
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  • Liz B.

    If u take ur children to the water play area in the childrens musuem don't get pissy if u get wet!!

    Liz Boshears · November 6, 2011
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  • Catherine E.

    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

    Catherine Escobedo · November 3, 2011
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  • Cristal Y.

    If ur here for childrens hospital its free.

    Cristal Yellen · September 29, 2011
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  • Amber L.

    Well worth the price if you have kids! Great children's museum!

    Amber Lutes · September 19, 2011
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  • Douglass M.

    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 McDonald · August 27, 2011
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  • Douglass M.

    Two next weekend is the last for the remarkable Cleopatra exhibit. It is the best exhibit ever in Cincinnati. See it!

    Douglass McDonald · August 27, 2011
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