If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day, give the Cincinnati Museum Center a shot. For a reasonable price, you and your family can enjoy three museums, all under one roof.
The Cincinnati Museum Center consists of the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, an OMNIMAX Theater and Union Terminal. All of the museums are actually housed in Union Terminal, which was built in 1933 and is a National Historic Landmark. Not only has Union Terminal been a train station, but it’s also been a mall, and in 1990, it became the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Today, you can tour Union Station’s Tower A, which was the main control tour for the old train station. It’s free, and you can tour it at certain times during the week (Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. until September). We didn’t get a chance to tour the station, so we’ll definitely have to go back.
We really enjoyed the Cincinnati History Museum, which depicts the history of the Cincinnati area from settlement until the end of WWII. One of the exhibits is of a Civil War-era Cincinnati street, which includes a full-size riverboat. Another exhibit (Cincinnati in Motion), contains the nation’s largest model city, which depicts what Cincinnati looked like from 1900 to the 1940s. The exhibit covers the Riverfront and Downtown, Lunken Airfield and Coney Island, as well as the neighborhoods of Over-the-Rhine, Mt. Auburn, Ivorydale, Price Hill, the West End and Mt. Adams.
Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- All Museum Pass: $12.50 for adults, $11.50 for seniors, $8.50 for children ages 3 to 12, $4.50 for children ages 1 to 2
- OMNIMAX: $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 3 to 12
- A Day in Pompeii exhibit: $19.50 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, $12.50 for children ages 3 to 12
- All Museum Pass + OMNIMAX: $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, $11 for children ages 3 to 12, $4.50 for children ages 1 to 2
*Parking is $6, $4 after 4:30 p.m.