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Cincinnati Museum Center
Ranked #8 of 186 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
West Cester
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 24, 2013

The IMAX movies are alwasy thrilling. Try to get the tour of the 'behind the scenes' of the building. You'll get to see things that I'll be 95% of the people in Cincinnati have not seen. You're here for one day ... make this a place on you bucket list!

Visited February 2012
Thank jpmrjr
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing for all ages!”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We have young kids and have been to many museums in different cities. The Cincinnati Museum Center is by far a favorite of our entire family. It is really 3 museums in one: a Children's Museum, a Natural History Museum, and the Cincinnati history museum.

The Children's Museum is a lot of fun, my kids love the Woods area which is a forest themed indoor play/climbing structure. In the History museum, we love to play "Iook and find" in the replica of the old city. The staff hides small objects (for example, 10 yellow ducks) and you have you find them hidden in the display. Finally, our favorite place: the Natural History Museum. My kids love this place because of the Trading Post. The concept is brilliant: kids bring in objects they find in nature and in exchange for telling about the object they get a certain number of points credited to their account. Points can also be obtained by completing the scavenger hunt (a list of questions that can be answered by going through the museum). Once kids have enough points, they can exchange them for small trinkets from the shop. We don't live in Cincinnati but every time we visit, my kids want to go to the Trading Post!

One of the greatest things about this Museum is that you can visit many times and each visit will be different. In the Natural History museum, the staff and volunteers often set up small exhibits with hands-on activities. These activities change often.

Overall, an outstanding museum! They really go out of their way to make it an interactive experience for the kids.

Visited November 2012
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72 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Cincinnati Art Museum Dead Sea Scrolls”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a fantastic & worthwhile experience . The Museums at Union Terminal ,there are 3 Childrens ,History & Cincinnati History all are excellent plus Imax .The current special exhibit is The Dead Sea Scrolls .

Visited February 2012
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CincyMuseum, at Cincinnati Museum Center, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Cincinnati Museum Center! Thank you for the review! Is there any particular reason you have rated us a 1 or anything we can do to change your opinion?
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The kids will love it”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

A nice place where to take your child and spend the afternoon.
You can check in advance online on what happening that day.
But don't forget the zoo and the aquarium :o)

Visited August 2012
Thank Ezzine
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louisville, ky USA
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“An architectural gem, free except parking”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

The main hall is stupendous with an entire wall of windows. do not miss the free tour (donations to the train club that maintains it) of Tower A where the engineers controlled the switching and routing of trains in and out of the train yard and to the passenger terminal.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank jim b
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