Address: 1301 Western Avenue – Cincinnati, OH 45203-1130
Phone: (513) 287-7000
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. It is truly impossible to enjoy all three museums in one day, let alone one to it’s fullest, but be sure to see the “Caves” and the giant “Sandbox” at this museum.
The Science Museum’s website says, “Walk through a glacier and step back 19,000 years into the Ice Age of the Ohio Valley. Explore a re-created Kentucky limestone cave, complete with underground waterfalls, streams, fossils and a live bat colony. Interactive exhibits of the human body, a natural trading post, and migration and extinction complement live demonstrations from gardening to collecting and cleaning fossils to teach how all facets of the natural world interact.”
Typical Day: We actually spend more time at this Museum than we do the other two amazing Museums found at Union Terminal. When we enter the Museum Center, my kids start cheering for “The caves! Let’s go to the CAVES!” or another one will cheer to go to the giant sandbox. The caves are similar to a recreation of Mamoth caves in a safe, fun, dark, and winding tunnel environment. There are two cave entrances, one that goes up steps and down steps and another that just winds its way through. Both caves are great and I find myself following behind my kids as they sprint through them over and over. Next to the caves, is the ice-age which also has more caves, but these are not as tight and they are a little more scenic – still loads of fun. After we’ve flipped, touched, and walked through what seems like miles of fun, we go to the giant sandbox. Yes, there is a huge sandbox surrounded by a wooden deck which is great for sandy feet to shake off on while putting shoes back on after hours of play. Yes, I said hours My kids decided to barry a little cushion seat once in the sand, and literally had more than 6 or 7 other kids helping with shovels, buckets, and cups to make this object dissappear under the sand.
There are few, if no windows in this area which always makes for a sun-shiney day at the Museum of Natural History and Science because the only thing you’ll find are smiles and imagination. There is tons more to do in this museum alone, but the caves and sandbox are a big hit in our family.
Cincy Kids: APPROVE!