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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati

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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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  • Union Terminal is an iconic piece of Cincinnati history. We visit the terminal as often as possible. 
  • We were here in Cincinnati on a rainy day and a friend suggested we stop here to see their Omnimax movie theater. We were not disappointed. We saw the movie on National Parks.It is on a two story scre...  more »
  • The children's museum is open during the renovation. We love this museum, kids can do everything from climbing to legos, giant teeth and house building. 
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  • 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.)
  • Truly one of most awe-inspiring buildings in the Cincinnati area, if not the entire country. Its 106-foot half-dome is the biggest in the western hemisphere and not to be missed by any traveler to the city. The beauty of its Art Deco exterior facade and detailing pales in comparison to the grandeur of the rotunda inside. Two giant 100-foot Winold Reiss mosaic murals depict the history of Cincinnati and early-industrial America there right as you enter. But Union Terminal serves another purpose today, housing multiple of the region's top-notch museums all under one roof. They include the Cincinnati History Museum, Natural History Museum, OmniMax Theater, and Children's Museum. Due to their size, it usually takes a full day to explore them all. You really can't go wrong with any of them and it's a great place to take the whole family.
  • 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.
  • Currently under construction so check to make sure it's open first, other then that it's great family fun. I do think it's a little over priced so if you live in the area you're better off with a family pass.
  • We had a blast at the kid's museum! There was so much to do, plenty of fun and educational value, and they got plenty of exercise. The whole place was clean and in good condition. We can't wait to go back!