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“Children's museum, hours of fun for the little ones”

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 older children, Activities for young children
Charlestown, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Children's museum, hours of fun for the little ones”
Reviewed May 18, 2010

Our 2 year old LOVED the children's museum. She played for hours in the toddler area. There were not a lot of options for lunch so packing a lunch would have been a better option. The price for all three of us to get into the children's part of the museum was under $20, so we liked that part alot too.

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Allegany, New York
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2010

A wonderful museum with so much history. We spent two hours and saw just about everything.
The IMAX theatre was amazing. Dome shaped ceiling - truly an 'under water' experience.
Eat BEFORE you go there. Food is very expensive.

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not really sure what the fuss is about”
Reviewed April 25, 2010

I travel frequently around the country, so I end up going to museums a lot. Having said that, this was the least impressive natural history museum I've seen so far. It is very dated and I went through it in under an hour. I can understand how this would be a good place to visit for young families, but I wouldn't recommend this museum for adults - solo, couple or groups, and here's why:
There is little information posted with the pieces on display, and many of them don't say where they came from or if the piece is a cast
The cave is neat, but doesn't really do much other than provide entertainment
Many of the animals on display are plastic and some are downright weird in their facial expressions, almost cartoon like
Very little variety in things to see, there's an ice age exhibit which is extremely limited and a few fossils (What's up with the creepy Sherlock Holmes mannequin at the beginning of the ice age exhibit?)
Again, good place for young families with little kids, not so much for adults. Go to the art museum instead (free!)

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Dublin Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Spend an Entire Day Here and Bring The Kids...Eat @ Pompilio's Afterwards”
Reviewed February 20, 2010

The Museum Center actually contains 3 separate organizations, as follows: Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theater, Cincinnati Historical Society Library, Duke Energy Children's Museum. Here's each museum broken down for you.

If you have children under the age of about 10, your priority will most probably be the Children's Museum which has a giant play area for younger children (with educational areas like a grocery, a ship, etc), a cave area, a water play section (where most kids will spend the majority of their time, waterproof smocks are provided), and a really sweet ball machine that even adults will love. In general, it can be as light or as heavy on the educational ramifications as you like. The staff are always kid-friendly and family-oriented.

For kids over 7, Omnimax is definitely a priority - its essentially a fish-eye movie projection on a 74ft tilted dome. The movies are educational and exceptionally produced. Anyone prone to motion sickness should just close their eyes if overwhelmed during the movies.

The Natural History Museum is wonderful, especially for inquisitive children. There's a child-focused ecology exhibit delving into the reduction and recycling of materials, a human body exhibit with giant, interactive displays of body organ systems, and a cave/ice age/glacier exhibit focusing on evolution, geology, and the development of biologically diverse organisms through time. You'll walk up and down through a giant cave complex (man-made) and through a late ice-age exhibit with life-sized animals.

The Historical Society brings home the bacon with a GIANT diorama of Cincinnati through various eras, and a life-size riverfront display with a riverboat. Also an exhibit on Cincinnati's role in WWII. Kids will love the diorama, but not so much the other exhibits.

The building itself is stunning and, built in the Art Deco style, its actually the largest semi-dome in the western hemisphere. You can still take trains from here as well. 3 things you shouldn't miss: the giant murals designed by Winold Reiss that show the various industries of America, and the tours that are provided by the museum of the building itself that takes you behind the scenes (ask the front desk), and the gift shop (which is exceptional as well). The whole place will blow your mind.

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Cincinnati, OH
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great kids museum”
Reviewed January 12, 2010

This museum is part of the Cincinnati Museum center. If you have kids, don't miss this part of the museum center.. All hands on exhibits. There is also an area for those under 5 to play and explore. Set aside a few hours.

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