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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 #7 of 88 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This train station (still an Amtrak station in the back) is a really great museum for natural history and also Cincinnati history. The exhibits could use some updating, but the overall experience is great. Don't forget to look up once you step into the rotunda to appreciate the labor murals and architecture.

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shropshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

A well laid out museum. Really enjoyed the history of Cincinnati museum with the scale models and the lighting sequence. The olde worlde village and steamer made one feel as though we were back in that era. The staff were really friendly and informative - a really interesting place to visit. Also went up to the old train control tower,... More

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your visit and kind review! We love hearing how much our guests enjoy their time at Cincinnati Museum Center and we're glad your visit was a pleasant one as well! Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit! More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A fun, family museum! Set it the old Cincinnati train terminal, this museum has sights for everyone! From the history of Cincinnati, to the ice age and a cave, it's family fun! It is easy to spend several hours looking at the miniature city with working trains, the replica steam boat, the ice age display with glacier, cave with real... More

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and enthusiasm about Cincinnati Museum Center! We love hearing how much our guests enjoy their time at the Museum and are glad you had a pleasant experience as well! Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon on your next visit to Cincinnati Museum Center! More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Reviews I read were mixed, but the all-inclusive price (easy online ticket & parking pass buying) lured me to bring my family while on vacation. We were not disappointed! We began in the Natural Science & History Museum, then made our way to the Duke Children's Museum and, finally, the History Museum. There were helpful employees/ volunteers around every bend.... More

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

So glad to hear that you've enjoyed your time at the Museum! We love hearing how much our visitors enjoy their time here, and we are just as pleased that you had a pleasant experience as well! We also want to thank you for your review of the food court. Cincinnati Museum Center just contracted with a new food service... More

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12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was fun. I knew my son would enjoy the Natural History Museum, but the other son and my husband enjoyed the History museum even more. I loved the Jerusalem IMAX and just looking at the beautiful architecture. We learned a LOT! It is laid out well and the price for the all museum pass is reasonable-- I liked being... More

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and for posting such a kind review! We are delighted that you and your family had a wonderful experience at Cincinnati Museum Center! The Jerusalem OMNIMAX® film just opened at Cincinnati Museum Center and we are so pleased that you've already had the chance to see it! Thank you again for your wonderful review and we... More

Green Cove Springs, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I had not visited the Union Terminal for 20+ years (since I was a child on a field trip) and was amazed to see many of the original fixtures, fittings, etc... still in place today. I found it a very nice place to visit especially for anybody interested in general history concerning the greater Cincinnati area. A little pricey for... More

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting Cincinnati Museum Center and for posting a review. We’re so glad to hear that the art deco features of Union Terminal were able to bring back such wonderful memories for you! We are so delighted that you and your family enjoyed the museums and we hope you’ll visit again soon! We try to keep... More

Lexington, Kentucky
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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We visited the Museum Center with our daughter and her family, including out three grandchildren. We visited all three museums and saw one IMAX feature. The museum is really well done, but it seems apparent that they're facing some money problems. Some displays looked a bit tired and worn. The building itself is a gem worth preserving. The four-year old... More

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting Cincinnati Museum Center and for posting a review. It is with feedback like this that Cincinnati Museum Center can continue to improve to best meet your needs and provide you with the best possible experience while visiting. Union Terminal is currently on the ballot for a minimal sales tax increase to raise money to... More

Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Lots of local history and hands on science experience for children. Also hosts GREAT traveling exhibits but terrific on its own. Allow at least 3-4 hours and you will still have to drag the kids away!

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your kind review! There certainly is plenty to see and do at Cincinnati Museum Center and we are so pleased that you and your children had a pleasant experience. We can't wait to have you and your family back soon on your next visit to Cincinnati Museum Center! More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Cincinnati Union Terminal building is an art deco gem - for me, this alone was worth the trip up. The fittings, the fountains, the art works (especially the murals), even the ice cream parlour are all amazing viewing for anyone that is interested in or admires the art deco style. Now the building houses three museums as well as... More

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Cincinnati Museum Center and posting such a kind review! We love hearing how much our visitors enjoy their time here and are delighted your experience was a positive one as well! Union Terminal truly is a gem in Cincinnati and we are glad you enjoyed your time simply taking in the beauty of the building itself... More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I grew up going to this place, and have the fondest memories of their Children's Museum, Omnimax, etc. I would definitely recommend families go here. In the winter, there is a really cool train exhibit.

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CincyMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visits over the years and for posting such a kind review! We are so glad that Cincinnati Museum Center continues to be a place in Cincinnati that you enjoy visiting! We can't wait to have you back soon on your next visit! More

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