Family Vacations: Cincinnati Museum Center

By: the Editors of Mobil Travel Guide

Originally the Union Terminal train station, the building reopened as the Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990.
Originally the Union Terminal train station, the building reopened as the Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990.

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is an Art Deco masterwork that attracts viewers from around the world enticed by its headquarters and gallery building. Like so many other great American buildings, Union Terminal opened during the depths of the Great Depression, in 1933. The building was an architectural icon from the beginning. When it was built, the ten-story Art Deco limestone half-dome was the only building of its kind on the continent. After train travel dwindled, the terminal was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and stood empty for more than a decade.

Today the beautiful terminal is home to five major Cincy cultural organizations: the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cinergy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. The Cincinnati History Museum features re-creations of the Cincinnati Public Landing wharf of the mid-1800s, including a 94-foot side-wheel steamboat.


The Museum of Natural History & Science invites visitors to enter the Ohio Valley ice age of 19,000 years ago in a re-created limestone cave featuring underground waterfalls, streams and a live bat colony.

Cincinnati Museum Center Information

Address: 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH

Telephone: 513/287-7000, 800/733-2077

Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Sat. and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun.

Admission: $7.25 adults; $5.25 kids

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