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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Address: 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203-1103
Phone Number: +1 513-287-7000
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Ranked #5 of 193 things to do in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Natural history museums, Children's museums, Science museums, 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...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: History museums, Natural history museums, Children's museums, Science museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Where to start...the history of the building itself is fantastic. There is so much to see and do with 3 separate museums under the same roof, plus the theater and we were lucky enough to catch the Mummie Exhibit that was passing through. We ran out of time honestly and walked away happy we were able to make a day... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Love the Museum Center. There are 3 different museums to visit and and IMAX. Took a tour of the terminal also that was really interesting. Worth the drive from Dayton.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

If you don't want to spend the money to visit the museum attractions at Union Terminal, it is worthwhile to simply enter the rotunda (at no cost) and take in the space. To me, it is the most iconic and unique sights in the Cincinnati area. The building houses the Children's Museum with several "hands on" exhibits, the Cincinnati Historical... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

My family consist of 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 9, 7, 4). We visited February 2015. The facility and exhibits were amazing. Our favorites were the cave, the woods and the kids loved the ball area. There were lots to see and the place was well organized and easy to navigate. If I were only reviewing the facility I... More 

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

Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave a review! We're sorry to hear about your experience here. It's the goal of the Children's Museum to provide an educational and engaging experience through play to all visitors, and we'll follow up with the staff and volunteers there to ensure that something like this does not happen again. Thanks... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Classic old train terminal building remade into a state of the art museum. Different sections for different interests. As I recall the food opportunities were not that great, but who goes to a museum for the food. During the school year it can be crawling with school buses filled with kids on field trips.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Besides the awesome movies at the Omnimax theatre, there is so much to do at the museum. There are two separate sides-one for Cincinnati history and one for Natural history. I have been many times and still discover something new every time. There is also an amazing interactive children's museum. There are always different exhibits coming to the museum that... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Union Terminal is a beautiful structure with incredible mosaic tile art. Tens of thousands of WW II veterans went through this terminal to figh tfor our country. The history is rich. The museums are interesting. The Omnimax Theater shows interesting educational surround movies. You can stand on one side of the front of the terminal and whisper and you can... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Housed in an Art Deco former train station. The building itself is a museum worth visiting!! The exhibit Cincinnati Goes to War is fascinating. This is a gem in the Queen City's crown!!

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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Union Terminal is a prime example of Art Deco design. It has sweeping mosaic panels showing the history of transportation in the region. The world's largest half dome, go to one of the corner water fountains and whisper into the fountain and be heard in the matching fountain more than 178 feet away. Inside is home to the Natural... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The view outside this old Railroad terminal is breathtaking... The Architecture inside WILL TAKE your breath away.... The IMAX theater, and the museums inside are certainly bonuses...But its the Building that is the attraction... DO NOT WALK here from downtown, it is not safe to do so... However there is on site parking close to the front door...

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