Welcome to the Cincinnati Museum Center, located at 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH!
CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER housed in Union Terminal, an art deco train station, includes history, science, and natural science. There is also a children’s museum, a small holocaust museum, and special rotating exhibits.
Purchasing our tickets online was a mistake, as the online tickets charged a processing fee and a parking fee. When we arrived, we saw that the parking was free (it’s not always free). Also, buying online meant we couldn’t take advantage of a military discount. It is a good idea to buy online only if they will be really busy that day. This ensures you will get a ticket before they sell out. We went on a weekday in the off-season so it was unnecessary and cost us an extra 10 bucks “ouch”.
To make ourselves feel better, we chose to make a doughnut run. Fortunately, the highly-rated Holtman’s Donuts is very near the museum. No, I didn’t get the famous maple bacon donut, but the sour cream one I chose was amazing!
Meanwhile…At the Hall of Justice, we were ready to roll up to the museum.
Inside was quite a sight!
After seeing some of their special exhibits we headed into the Natural History Museum section. And were greeted by….you guessed it…dinosaurs.
Next, we headed into the science museum which was mostly about space.
We were getting through the museum much faster than we expected. We were imagining three or four giant museums in one large building cluster. In reality, the museum is like three or four small museums that equal one regular size city museum. Including the rotating specialty section, we spent 4.5 hrs total which included lunch at their very delicious museum cafe Nourish 513.
We saved the best for last, the history section of the museum included a very cool recreated Cincinnati in miniature. It had live trains set in different time periods. Check out some of the scenes (the lights went from day to night continuously). Tip: Click on a picture to scroll through them at full size.
We ended earlier than expected, so we had some time. I asked if we could see the Holocaust museum, but we were told that it was only open on the weekends unless we had called ahead and made an appointment.
They also have an Omnimax movie theater, but we decided against seeing a movie and decided to go see if we could find an entrance into Cincinnati’s abandoned subway system. We finally found the entrance, but when we got there we were workers who said they had just resealed the entrance and not to touch it because the metal was still hot. Dang.
So, those plans dashed we decided to do the thing you do when you are in Cincinnati, go to Findlay Market. Click on the link to continue our adventure there!