Cincinnati Museum Center

Rating: ****

Link: http://www.cincymuseum.org/

Quick Review: 3 cool museums in one awesome building, with array of other things to top it off.

The Cincinnati Museum center is more than just a museum, it’s 3 museum in one, and a train station, and a gift shop, and a historic land mark, and etc., etc., etc. One can spend all day inside and still not see everything.

Housed inside the historic Union Terminal the center is mostly three museums: The museum of Natural history and Science, Cincinnati History Museum, and Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Not being a kid and all I have not been to the children’s museum… but what one can see from the escalator looks awesome.

The Cincinnati History Museum is dedicated to the history of the area. Starting off with a giant train display (worth the admission itself) of the city the museum slowly works back up to the modern day. A lot of the exhibits are well designed and make one feel as if they actually are in the time period described. On busy weekends the museum even has costumed interpreters. The artifacts are not just displayed but used to enhance the story. From a log cabin of the frontier days to a rocking riverboat, every era is brought life.

The Museum of Natural History and Science is just as amazing as the history museum.  Starting off with an audio/visual/ artifact presentation one is slowly transported in to a world of learning. As with the other museums the displays are large and looming. The best of which is a HUGE walkthrough cave with 2 separate paths to explore, waterfalls, and bats. The museum does get to be a little bit to scientific at times but quickly gives hands on displays to help enforce the subject matter.

The best part of the center is the terminal it’s housed in. With a large format screen (ominmax which is a domed IMAX) to a working Amtrax Station, Art Deco decor, and a pretty good food center, it has a little bit of everything. Give yourself a 1/2 hour to explore it.

Quick tip: Find the original Train yard switch room; it has an awesome view of the train yard in back.  The Amtack boards at night and you can see the museum empty. Extremely creepy!!! Worth seeing.

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