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Music Hall

This 19th-century music venue offers opera, ballet and orchestra performances as well as spooky ghost tours.

The Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony, Pop Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Opera. The theater’s acoustics are superb, thanks to its carefully designed auditorium. Visit Cincinnati’s favorite cultural center and catch a show or ghost tour in a grand setting.

This gothic revival–style Music Hall was built in 1878. The carefully preserved red brick structure with towers and round glass windows was declared a National Historic Monument in 1975. Check out the huge auditorium, with 3,516 seats and chandeliers from Czechoslovakia. The auditorium was named after Reuben Springer, a wealthy local businessman who helped fund the building of the Music Hall.

The venue welcomes many national and international acts each year. There’s also a series of performances by the resident orchestra and opera. When you book a performance, keep in mind that the gallery’s the best place to enjoy the room’s perfect acoustics.

There are two other spaces in the hall: The Ballroom, a 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square-meter) meeting space, and the Corbett Tower, a reception room.

Pay just a few dollars to join a tour during the day. Study some of the building’s prominent architectural features, including the facade’s stone carvings. Check out the resonant hardwood stage and learn about the auditorium’s acoustics.

An evening ghost tour is a unique and spooky experience. Over the years there have been reports of paranormal activity in the Music Hall, as the building sits on the site of an old pauper’s cemetery. Guides recount tales of ghostly sightings that have been reported here.

The Music Hall is located in Over-the-Rhine, just near downtown Cincinnati. Metro buses service the area and there’s paid parking available in several lots nearby. Entry times and prices vary with performances. Day tours require a minimum of 10 people to run on weekdays. The ghost tours have a maximum of 40 people and run approximately once every month.


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Lodging Near Cincinnati Music Hall

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The Westin Cincinnati

The Westin Cincinnati

21 E 5th St, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 1,508 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.

$143
Cincinnatian Hotel

Cincinnatian Hotel

601 Vine Street, Cincinnati
4.2
of 5, from 1,490 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.

$149
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati
4.2
of 5, from 990 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.

$88
Millennium Cincinnati

Millennium Cincinnati

150 West 5th Street, Cincinnati
3.4
of 5, from 5,782 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.

$125
Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati Downtown

Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati Downtown

617 Vine Street, Cincinnati
4.6
of 5, from 339 reviews
3.0 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.

$99
Aloft Newport On The Levee

Aloft Newport On The Levee

201 E 3rd St, Newport
4.5
of 5, from 247 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.

$144
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

35 W 5th St, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 1,281 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.

$108
Symphony Hotel & Restaurant

Symphony Hotel & Restaurant

210 W 14th St, Cincinnati
4.5
of 5, from 95 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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