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“Focused Only on Young Children”

Cincinnati Museum Center
Ranked #8 of 189 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
Reviewed December 30, 2011

For my family, this museum was not a good choice. We have a 12-year-old son who still begs to go to the Indianapolis Children's Museum almost every week. We know we are lucky that our hometown children's museum is perhaps the best in the world. But, we have been to children’s museums in other cities (most recently Louisville), and we always fun.

The children's museum in Cincinnati is small, low-tech, and focused only on the youngest children. I’m sure it would be fine to visit if you lived in Cincinnati and were looking for something to do with your five-year-old for an hour or two. But, it is certainly not a travel destination, or even a side diversion if you are visiting Cincinnati for another reason. Also, it is important to know that children over the age of about seven will not find the exhibits engaging. We walked through the entire facility in about 10 minutes.

I would have found the visit to be a monumental waste of time if not for the stunning architecture of the train station where it is located. It is one of the most beautiful examples of Art Deco I have ever seen. Of places I have visited, it may be second to only the Chrysler Building. We spent way more time taking photos of the building than in the Children’s Museum.

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Management response:Responded February 20, 2014

We are sorry that you and your family did not enjoy your visit. While our children’s museum is definitely more geared to younger children, even older children enjoy our woods play area and we have many activities in our Natural History and History museums that may be more appealing to your family. You can check out what events we have and what ages they are geared toward here : http://www.cincymuseum.org/visit/calendar. We hope you’ll be back to try us again!

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Reviewed December 29, 2011

We hadn't been here in several years but was a fun outing with our daughter home from college. Make sure and do the Imax! All of us obtained new knowledge and had fun sharing it after the adventure.

Thank SuegoetzKentucky
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

The reason the Imax theater is so amazing is that instead of being cylindrical in shape that wraps around you it is actually a portion of a of the inside of a sphere. The effect is so much closer to reality.
The other museums are great family fun and educational.

Thank Domer82
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

The toy trains and the miniature worlds they inhabit allow for dioramic views of the trains and their environments. Equally interesting is an exhibit showing a miniaturized downtown Cincinnati in the 1940s on the way to the train exhibit. This event is very child friendly.

Thank Oliver S
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

al ittle pricey for what is there, but often have good exhibits

Thank niamb12
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