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“A Cincinnati gem for the whole family”

Cincinnati Museum Center
Ranked #8 of 175 things to do in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Children's Museum & Special Exhibit Hall remain open during the restoration of historic Union Terminal.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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9 reviews
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“A Cincinnati gem for the whole family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We take our kids (6 and 9) to the Museum Center pretty regularly and everyone is entertained and educated by the various exhibits and activities it contains. And the architecture is simply stunning. Did you know the Justice League's headquarters (yes, Superman, Wonder Woman, et al.) from the classic cartoon was modeled after this building? If you're looking for a way to spend a day in Cincinnati, this should be among the top of your list no matter how old the people in your party are.

Visited April 2014
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“Which museum to review?!?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

By my count, there are 4+ museums here. There's the Natural History museum which my kids love because there's a multilevel mock-up of a cave in there. (Watch where you step, the water there is real.) I could easily spend a couple hours there with my kids.

There's the Cincinnati History Museum that shows the city throughout history. There's a side-wheel packet boat in there and an 19th century town in there. I love all the old machinery, but my kids never want to spend enough time there.

Downstairs is the big draw for parents. The children's museum down there allows parents to sit and watch as children explore the ball room or the nature room. There have been many times I took my kids there and we never got beyond this museum.

The Museum Center was a major train hub years ago and is still a working train depot. You can visit a control room manned by people who know LOTS about trains and the museum center's history. There's a train bell that doesn't go more than a minute without being rung.
NOTR - You need to go up narrow stairs to get there and so it's not handicapped accessible.

There's an IMAX theater that has 2 or 3 shows rotating throughout the day.

And then there are the traveling exhibits; gold, Egypt, dinosaurs, etc. At the moment, they have an exhibit on Princess Diana.

If you like museums, this is a big draw. The Museum Center is easily a 3 hour trip. Longer if you have kids that get caught up in the children's museum.

Visited May 2014
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“Great History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

There is real history here at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Years of Cincinnati's history along with world history in a classic environment. Really cool!

Visited February 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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“Great Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

I had to opportunity to visit this museum on a boy scout overnight trip. I was impressed with what the city had done with an old train station. It is great for all ages. I would definitely recommend for locals and visitors.

Visited January 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“An "all around" wonderful Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

It just took a few hours to enjoy this wonderful museum and then buy a year membership. Our family can enjoy going to this wonderful former rail terminal -- especially on rainy days and see the BEST Cincinnati has to offer of the past. Going to see the Diana Exhibit next week..Can't wait!!

Visited May 2014
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