Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
4 out of 5
151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH
Fully refundable
The price is $116 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
4 out of 5
36 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $189 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Mercantile Library and Aronoff Center for the Arts. Taft Theatre and Lytle Park are ...
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21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
4.5 out of 5
609 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $139 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aronoff Center for the Arts and Fountain Square. Taft Theatre and Duke Energy ...
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Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown
2.5 out of 5
617 Vine Street, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $109 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
4 out of 5
151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $116 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
4 out of 5
36 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $189 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
4.5 out of 5
609 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $139 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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The Cincinnatian Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton
The Cincinnatian Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
601 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $131 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
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Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
4 out of 5
35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $141 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
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AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at The Banks
AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at The Banks
3.5 out of 5
135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $134 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at The Banks
The Westin Cincinnati
The Westin Cincinnati
4 out of 5
21 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $119 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
The Westin Cincinnati
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown
3 out of 5
617 Vine Street, Suite B, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $125 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown
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