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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Any talk of Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal has to begin with the building itself. Built in 1933, Cincinnati Union Terminal was a major railway station and considered an architectural masterpiece of Art Deco style, which earned it National Historic Landmark status in 1977.

Inside, a huge semi-domed rotunda features a colorful mosaic mural of Cincinnati’s history. The building also retains much of its distinctive Art Deco details, such as aluminum railings, doors and signs. One of the rotunda’s most impressive features is its acoustics. If you stand by the water fountain next to the Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor and whisper, someone standing at the opposite end, 180 feet away, can hear what you say because the curved walls and ceiling carry the sound.

After the decline of train travel, Union Terminal ultimately found new life in the 1990s when the rest of its current residents moved in, the Museum of Natural History & Science. Today, Cincinnati Museum Center is home to three museums and an OMNIMAX Theater, and it hosts major traveling exhibitions. Click here to book the Cincinnati Museum Center Package with All-Museum Pass + Omnimax film.

The Museum of Natural History & Science contains a recreated limestone cave, complete with streams, an underground waterfall, a live bat colony and fossils wherever you look or step. There’s also an exhibition devoted to Ohio native, astronaut and former Museum Center advisor and board member, the late Neil Armstrong.

Duke Energy Children's MuseumCostumed interpreters at the Cincinnati History Museum tell vivid tales of the city’s  rst settlers who arrived in the late 1700s. Visitors also can step onboard a replica of an 1850 side-wheel steamboat.

<<<Ranked as one of the top 10 children’s museums in the country, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum is the ultimate interactive experience. Exhibits include: Kids’ Town, The Energy Zone, The Woods and Little Sprouts Farm, as well as special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Robert D. Lindner OMNIMAX Theater, which has a five-story domed screen, lets viewers feel like they are part of the action.

For a limited time see Diana: A Celebration featuring dresses, personal possessions and memorabilia of Princess Diana on its last stop before returning home to Princes William and Harry in London, England. Purchase tickets here.

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