Address: 1301 Western Avenue – Cincinnati, OH 45203-1130
Info: All Museums Pass: $12 adults, $11 seniors (60+), $8 children (ages 3-12). Any one Museum: $8 adults, $7 seniors (60+), $6 children (ages 3-12). Toddler Pass is $4.50 and admits a 1 or 2-year-old to all attractions and to OMNIMAX for free when sitting in a caregiver’s lap. Infants under 1-year-old are free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. After 4:30 p.m., parking is $3 per vehicle.
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to three of the greatest Museums in the world – The Duke Energy Children’s Museum, The Cincinnati History Museum, and The Museum of Natural History and Science. There is literally not enough time in one day to visit all three museums, but be sure to go into this museum to see the amazing model train display of Cincinnati back in the 40′s, as well as go downstairs to play with the interactive wooden toy boats traveling the “Little Miami River”… oh, and walk through the life-size steam boat. There is nothing boring about this “History” Museum and it is extremely kid-friendly.
The History Museum’s website says, “The Cincinnati History Museum opened in 1990 and is one of the largest and most significant urban history museums in the country. The Cincinnati History Museum displays materials and related aspects of the history of Cincinnati and the surrounding region. Permanent exhibits include a re-creation of the Cincinnati Public Landing of the late 1850s, where you can step aboard a 94-foot side-wheel steamboat. The museum also has a large home-front exhibit on World War II and an actual 1940s streetcar. Visitors can also see a model of the city of Cincinnati from 1900s to 1940s with working trains and inclines, as well as interactive computer stations.”
At first glance when you read what three museums are all together at Union Terminal, you may think that the Children’s Museum is the only “children’s” museum, but I was completely wrong. The Cincinnati History Museum is captivating, educational, and interactive too. We easily spend an entire day just in this museum. The model trains are dazzling, there are Thomas the tank engine tables in the back, there is a life-size street car the kids can sit on, there is a model roller-coaster display of Coney Island, there is play river with lots of little wooden boats that they kids can pretend to carry wooden food up stream and down stream to other cities, there is a real life-size steam boat to climb aboard, there are even history machinery (like one welding tool – behind a protective area) that employees will turn on and demonstrate for the kids, a legos station, and a cobblestone town with a cannon. It is cool and the kids love it.
Cincy Kids: APPROVE!