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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 #9 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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alexandria ky
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My out of town guest was originally from Cincinnati and wanted to visit the Cincinnati History part of the museum. It was very well done except for lighting in some areas. Some displays had no lighting on them at all. Overall though it was really a wonderful value (especially for seniors) and we leaned so much about just how wonderful... More

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

Thanks for visiting - so glad you enjoyed your visit! We'll pass along your feedback about the lighting to our Cincinnati History Museum staff. Hope to see you again soon! More

Astoria, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The place is so cool. The building itself is worth going to and seeing, even if you don't enter the museum. I preferred the History of Cincinnati section better than the natural history section... that's not taking away from either! The railroad museum upstairs is a cool cute little display as well but we didn't stay long because the children... More

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit on our recent Free Friday! Just to clarify, admission is only free on select Fridays every year. Oct. 24 is our last Free Friday of 2014. Hope to see you again then! More

Makati, Philippines
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I only passed by twice in this building - but sadly not because of the attractions or museum or exhibits although I had tried to schedule a date here. It was because it was where I would also be setting off from Cincinnati to Chicago via Amtrak. However, from the two times I saw it, it looked amazing (and very... More

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

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time in our beautiful building, despite the fact that the museums themselves were not open. We hope you will be able to come back soon and be able to see all that Cincinnati Museum Center has to offer! More

Augusta, GA
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524 reviews 524 reviews
244 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A very lovely complex inside and out. There are three or four different museums that you can visit--Cincinnati History, Natural History, Children's and the old train terminal. We only saw the History museum, and it was fantastic. This is a great place to take kids, and there's a fairly good food cafe as well.

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

We love hearing how much our visitors enjoy their time at Cincinnati Museum Center, and we are just as glad you had a pleasant experience as well! Hope you’ll come back soon to check out everything else the museum has to offer! More

Clarkston, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My friends and I opted to take the docent tour - free and absolutely worth the time spent. Our guide shared spaces (the President's Office and Secretary's Office and the balcony where child care occurred in the 1940s) and stories that we wouldn't have seen and known about without her expertise. The tile murals are incredible and the art deco... More

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

So glad to hear you were pleased with your experience at the museum! Thank you for opting to take our docent tour and we are delighted to hear that it met your expectations! Cincinnati Museum Center truly is one of Cincinnati’s historical treasures, with its art deco features beautifully preserved. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you... More

Bettendorf, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This museum is a good choice for families. The children's museum was a great place for kids! The other museums were also interesting.

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

We are delighted to hear how much you and your family enjoyed the museum! We can’t wait to have you back soon! More

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I can't say enough about the Museum Center. There are three different museums to visit, Cincinnati History, Natural History and the Children's Museum. Of course, my six year old loves the Children's Museum because there's so much for him to do. Play in water, climb in a forest, play house/store/doctor/post office/vet and on and on....He also loves the other museums... 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 visits and your enthusiasm about Cincinnati Museum Center! We love hearing how much our guests enjoy their time here and are delighted that you’ve had the chance to experience all the museum has to offer! Come visit us again soon! More

West Chester, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Good option for children during the winter, also for toddlers. My son is 11 months old and enjoyed the space, specially the activities in the water space. They should improve the restaurant.

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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 our customer service to better meet your needs and provide you with the best possible experience while visiting. We are pleased to let you know that there is a new food service... More

Fairfax, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Union Terminal is a true icon of Cincinnati. If you grew up in the area, you have already been to the museum center countless times. The terminal is beautiful and there are always a number of different exhibits open in the museum. The history of Cincinnati is a small, but very interesting exhibit. The natural history section has a cave... 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 visits and your kind review! We are thrilled that the museum’s changing exhibits and OMNIMAX® films, as well as the three permanent museum collections within Cincinnati Museum Center continue to bring you back time and time again! We can’t wait to see you again on your next visit! More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A wonderful place to take your whole family. A great place to enjoy & play for children. History museum is a must see.

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

We are delighted to hear how much you and your family enjoy Cincinnati Museum Center! We look forward to seeing you again soon on your next trip! More

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