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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Choose between a variety of theaters and museums in this landmark art deco building.

This 1933 art deco building doubles as a train station and major tourist attraction. The Cincinnati Museum Center is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, an Omnimax theater, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives and the Cincinnati Railroad Club. Learn about history, trains, nature and science, watch a movie, or entertain the children with hands-on activities.

Stop to admire the architecture before going inside. Note the dome with limestone and glass facade and walls with bas-reliefs. Inside there are preserved mosaic murals from the 1930s.

The Cincinnati History Museum has an interesting exhibit of scale models of the city’s trains. You can also learn about the first settlers who founded the city in 1788, and the Great Depression.

Families should make a beeline for the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Younger children can play in the streets of Kids’ Town. Older children can slide down trees and enter caves in The Woods.

A moon rock collected by Ohio-born Neil Armstrong is among the treasures in the Natural History and Science Museum. This museum is also aimed at children, with many hands-on activities. See what Ohio looked like 19,000 years ago when the last glacier was retreating from the region. Explore a replica of limestone caves with a real bat colony.

The Omnimax theater offers the latest films. You’ll find food and refreshments at several cafés and souvenirs in a number of shops.

The Cincinnati Museum Center is one mile (1.6 kilometers) north of Fountain Square. It’s open daily, with movie screenings at night. Pay to park or take the No. 1 bus from downtown. Buy an All Museum Pass for reduced entry. It includes tickets to the Omnimax theater.


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Lodging Near Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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$107
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati
4.2
of 5, from 964 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Saks Fifth Avenue Center across from Duke Energy Convention Center, this hotel is 3 blocks from Paul Brown Stadium, 6 blocks from the Great American Ballpark, and 7 blocks from the US Bank Arena.

$88
Millennium Cincinnati

Millennium Cincinnati

150 West 5th Street, Cincinnati
3.4
of 5, from 5,691 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Surrounded by downtown Cincinnati attractions, this 2-tower hotel connects to Duke Energy Center by an enclosed skyway. Fountain Square is 200 meters away, while the Paul Brown Stadium, the Great American Ball Park, and the U.S. Bank Arena are all within 1 km.

$110
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

35 W 5th St, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 1,256 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in downtown Cincinnati, this richly restored hotel is adjacent to the Carew Tower and Tower Place Mall, 1 block from the convention center, and within a half-mile of sports stadiums.

$132
Cincinnatian Hotel

Cincinnatian Hotel

601 Vine Street, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 1,429 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this historic hotel is steps from Contemporary Arts Center and Fountain Square. Carew Tower and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are also within 10 minutes.

$79
Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown

Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown

800 W 8th St, Cincinnati
3.3
of 5, from 289 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cincinnati Fire Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and Paul Brown Stadium. Carew Tower and Fountain Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$106
The Westin Cincinnati

The Westin Cincinnati

21 E 5th St, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 1,494 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Fountain Square, The Westin Cincinnati is within easy reach of the Great American Ball Park, the Duke Energy Convention Center, the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Contemporary Arts Center and the Aronoff Center.

$95
Best Western Plus Cincinnati Riverfront Downtown Area

Best Western Plus Cincinnati Riverfront Downtown Area

200 Crescent Ave, Covington
4.1
of 5, from 790 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a river, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of MainStrasse Village, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Paul Brown Stadium. Great American Ball Park and Carew Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$99
Aloft Newport On The Levee

Aloft Newport On The Levee

201 E 3rd St, Newport
4.5
of 5, from 227 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Newport, this hotel is steps from Newport on the Levee and Newport Aquarium. Newport Southbank Bridge and General James Taylor Park are also within 15 minutes.