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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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Address: 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203-1103
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+1 513-287-7000
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Children's Museum & Special Exhibit Hall remain open during the...

Children's Museum & Special Exhibit Hall remain open during the restoration of historic Union Terminal.

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This museum is one of the most welcoming places in Cincinnati. Currently it is under renovation to restore the building to its breathtaking beauty, so only the Special Exhibits... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Lawrenceburg, United States
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Findlay, Ohio
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67 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mostly closed for a huge renovation project. Watch for the reopening. I'm not sure when that will be. The station itself is gorgeous, with historical murals of Cincinnati decorating the flat wall of a huge half-dome. They have a great museum of the history of Cincinnati and the area, as well as a pretty good natural history museum, and a... More 

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Lawrenceburg, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is one of the most welcoming places in Cincinnati. Currently it is under renovation to restore the building to its breathtaking beauty, so only the Special Exhibits and Children's museum are open right now. However, it's a place you don't want to miss! If you have to wait until it reopens, to see one of the most monumental... More 

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Thank Elizabeth A
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building alone (old train station) with the history is something to see. You can see 3D surround movie, go to the museum and have lunch or bring your lunch. My boys really enjoyed going there as well as it being a place schools go for the history and exhibits that always change.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited the museum especially for the Viking exhibit. The exhibit is well organized and fascinating. It is arranged in thematic, rather than chronological order. Guests visit displays organized around weapons, households, gods, and sailing for example. School children who were visiting seemed to particularly enjoy learning the runic alphabet and spelling their names. The museum is... More 

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Thank Michael F
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drive there based on reviewing their website to see the multiple museums. Paid their $6 in parking only to find out that the only two things currently open are the children's museum and a Viking exhibit. We elected not to stay. Frustrating because we specifically went to their website to look up hours, museums and location and it said nothing... More 

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CincyMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, responded to this review

Hi Jennifer A- Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. We do mention the restoration project both on our mobile site and desktop site; on our home page and in other locations as you navigate our pages. As well as on social media. Please let us know if you see differently? More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must when in Cincinnati! The architecture of the building is amazing. There are many things to see inside for all ages. Do not miss thiss.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far the coolest building ever for a museum center. I have been in a lot of museums and they were housed in dedicated buildings but this is an old train station terminal turned into a museum center. Gives it a unique feel. They also have the omnimax theatre which is a really cool domed screen so you... More 

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Batesville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The facade is beautiful, but when we visited much of the building was closed and under renovation, but the basement holds the Children's Museum. The museum has lots of hands-on activities for little ones, and is great for young children (but beyond about 8, most kids would probably be bored) with various simple activities and make-believe areas. There's a "store,"... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love bring my kids and nephews to the Museum Center. We can take in an IMAX movie, explore the Children's Museum and enjoy this Art Deco marvel of a building.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While I'm sure in its early years the building awash beautiful the lack of attention paid to it's upkeep is ridiculous,

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