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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203-1103
+1 513-287-7000
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Ranked #8 of 87 Attractions in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Children's Museums, Science Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: For a four-in-one educational experience, you can't beat this complex of three museums and OMNIMAX Theater housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco... more » Owner description: For a four-in-one educational experience, you can't beat this complex of three museums and OMNIMAX Theater housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco train station. Cincinnati Museum Center houses the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theatre, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives and special exhibition space. « less
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We spent 5 hours here and went through the history and natural history portions. Our museum card cut the admission price. The terminal building is well restored and just beautiful with the high ceiling. The museums get bigger as you go down so be prepared to spend some time here. We loved the Cincinnati dioramas they were fantastic and rivaled... More

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Peebles, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is one of the best venues in the region. Kids' science museum is full of hands-on stuff and has areas for wandering. Parents can sit and watch kids explore water, trees, and all sorts of living things. There is a man-made cave for all to explore. The train display pleases everyone and the Omnimax Theater usually features three different... More

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Flint, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We only had time to visit the Children's Museum portion, but this was a great one. They had a little map for the kids to follow clues and find, and got to go to the 'Trading Post' with their answers filled in and earned points that they could spend. They also have a program for kids in the area that... More

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columbus, ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We used to go to this museum center about 12 years ago when my older children were 6-10 years old. Sad to say my youngest 11 year old had never been there! The place is still great--and has been updated over the years. We saw the special exhibit of Princess Diana when we were there and it was excellent. Overall,... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The terminal itself is wonderful. There are events held in the rotunda for free, but the museums are worth seeing. The Cincinnati History brings us back time and again; we never tire of seeing the miniature city and looking for whatever item is hidden for the month (Christmas tree, rubber duck, flag, etc). Check out the still operating traffic lights... More

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Fairfield oh
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Housed in a working train station. Art deco architecture and truly something for everyone. Wonderful children's museum on the lower level, natural history exhibits and traveling exhibits elsewhere. Even a little fifties style soda fountain.

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Pekin, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This a beautiful example of Art Deco architecture. I hope it is maintained and preserved in all it's beauty

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Sandusky
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Wonderful exhibit form England. Bought the headset as well. Very interesting exhibits in geology and fossils and dresses from local ladies. Museum was beautiful as well!

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Leland, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My son loved the children's museum and the natural history museum. My mother in law and I loved the building, the history, and watching the kids play. There were a number of terribly overpriced restaurants in the rotunda, $4.00 a slice pizza and $3.00 sodas. We did not get an opportunity to see the Diana exhibit or see the omnimax... More

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I went as a solo traveler and saw both the natural and local history sections. I also saw the Lemurs IMAX film. This was totally worth the money and paying for parking (even though I was initially skeptical about paying for parking).

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