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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati

Categories: Children’s Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
Housed in a working train station, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal boasts several museums, an Omnimax theater, a library, and travelling exhibitions throughout the year. Cincinnati Union Terminal was a major railroad center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today the station is only serves the thrice-weekly Cardinal. Spend time admiring the grand Art Deco building, considered to be a symbol of the city, before popping into a few of the museums. You can learn about Cincinnati at the city's history museum or discover interesting facts about the world and beyond at the natural history and science museum. If you are travelling with kids, don't miss the children's museum. Check the lobby kiosk for the terminal's free guided tour schedule. Put Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal into our Cincinnati travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Cincinnati.
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  • The children's area was nice, my son and nephew loved it. They were doing work to the building, so we missed out on the dinosaurs. We received a gift card and zoo tickets, so we only had a certain tim...  read more »
  • My husband and I drove from the Columbus area south to Cincinnati recently to see the special temporary Da Vinci Exhibit. The museum is a very unique looking structure. Apparently at houses children's...  read more »
  • Brilliant idea - taking the old Union Station and converting the vast space into a huge children's museum. This museum also boasts amazing traveling exhibits, and phenomenal Christmas experience, and ...  read more »
  • Beautiful museum! Very large, at the time I wish there was more to see, but they have just started a remodel, which I am very happy for! Cannot wait to see what all they have in store when they reopen! The museum used to be the old train terminal, leaving what is now the museum with one of the most beautiful architectures of any I have seen. Great to see Cincinnati preserve its heritage! You can still see the trains that run through from up in the tower.
  • Excellent museum. We had got annual pass and had visited 25+ times last year alone. The kids museum which is below, is awesome. Kids will have lot of fun. We also witnessed an Asian festival once. History museum is really good. We also saw miniature trains. Christmas decorations were splendid.
  • Pretty fun place. Would be nice if the would update the toys in the areas for the children. Some of the workers are interesting others your can tell hate being there. The best part of the whole thing is the jungle and water playground. The tower is really cool, but they have outdated play trains. This place needs to work for as expensive as they are for tickets.
  • The Children's Museum of the Cincinnati Museum Center is an amazing, hands-on, safe zone for kids of all ages and abilities. Parents, friends, and other adult chaperones can play as much (or as little!) as they want, as you can safely let your kid "run free" in each area. However, if your kid is under age 5-8 depending on the area, you must accompany them. Don't worry... you'll want to! Whether you have a shy-quiet- precocious mini or an outgoing- outspoken-adventurer, there really is something for everyone. And...oh yeah...they learn stuff and happily tell you how "cool" it all is:p. Minus the SUPER high price of food(non member: 2.99 nature valley granola bar, 6.70 flour tortilla wrap with ONE slice of turkey&cheese with goldfish crackers...obscene), I highly recommend the Cincinnati Children's Museum. Next time, I'm packing a healthy, protein loaded lunch to fuel them to walk, jump, & explore the rest of the afternoon! (Oh, and under construction? NO PROBLEM! Call first. Go visit.)
  • While the museum is undergoing renovation at the moment, I routinely have great experiences at this museum. It offers a good amount of interactive elements for the exhibits in a way that definitely keeps kids (and adults) engaged and providing opportunities for parents to use the materials available to engage in being a fun part of a child's learning experience. The portion of the museum that is specifically for children is especially good for this and kinesthetic learners, but not limited to them. As a an adult without kids, it is still a very enjoyable museum. The history of the city is laid out really well and accessibly in with a mix of signage, dioramas (including one very large one), and traditional exhibit elements. The building itself is a gorgeous art deco building and it's own contribution to the history of Cincinnati.
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