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Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203 USA

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Sun 11a-6p
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Cincinnati's stunning art deco Union Terminal train station is a treasure that has fittingly been preserved as the Cincinnati Museum Center. Murals, carvings, and other details are hidden throughout the natural history, local history and children's museums. There's also an OMNIMAX theater, the striking rotunda lobby with whispering walls, an ice cream parlor covered in Rookwood tiles, and Tower A, where you can still see the trainyard. The fact that it inspired the Justice League's Hall of Justice is the icing on the cake.

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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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  • 7 Reviews
  • 17 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

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Tony Alexander

  • 19 Reviews
  • 40 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

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Chris Spinney Long

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  • 172 Reviews
  • 215 Helpful
April 07, 2014
Rated 5.0

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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  • 592 Reviews
  • 174 Helpful
July 07, 2014
Rated 4.0

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
  • 49 Helpful
October 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

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

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  • 332 Reviews
  • 187 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

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

  • 134 Reviews
  • 99 Helpful
August 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

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
  • 23 Helpful
November 05, 2014
Rated 5.0

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
  • 36 Helpful
July 17, 2014
Rated 5.0

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
  • 10 Helpful
June 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

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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Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
45203 USA


Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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