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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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The Westin Cincinnati $125
The Westin Cincinnati

The Westin Cincinnati

21 E 5th St, Cincinnati
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,550 reviews
    4.0 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.

    Millennium Cincinnati $88
    Millennium Cincinnati

    Millennium Cincinnati

    150 West 5th Street, Cincinnati
       
      3.4
      of 5, from 5,942 reviews
      3.5 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.

      Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown $76
      Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown

      Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown

      800 W 8th St, Cincinnati
         
        3.4
        of 5, from 390 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).

        Hyatt Regency Cincinnati $129
        Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

        Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

        151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 1,072 reviews
          4.0 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.

          Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati Downtown $135
          Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati Downtown

          Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati Downtown

          617 Vine Street, Cincinnati
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 370 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

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

            Cincinnatian Hotel $169
            Cincinnatian Hotel

            Cincinnatian Hotel

            601 Vine Street, Cincinnati
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 1,571 reviews
              4.0 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.

              Symphony Hotel & Restaurant $108
              Symphony Hotel & Restaurant

              Symphony Hotel & Restaurant

              210 W 14th St, Cincinnati
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 115 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Over-the-Rhine, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Washington Park, Fountain Square, and Carew Tower. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal and Paul Brown Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza $143
                Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

                Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

                35 W 5th St, Cincinnati
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 1,349 reviews
                  4.0 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.