Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

History Museum, Science Museum
1301 Western Ave (at Union Terminal)
Cincinnati, OH 45203
(513) 287-7000
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
11:00am - 6:00pm


  • This was once the site of Lincoln Park, which featured boats on a beautiful lake. By the 1920s it was filled with the homeless, so city leaders decided to close the park and build Union Terminal here.
  • Cincinnati Union Terminal under construction on 2/26/32; the art deco landmark opened on 3/31/33. The arch represented a metaphorical gateway to the city. Photo courtesy Cincinnati Museum Center.
  • What you see today is only a portion of the original building. The entire train concourse/waiting area was demolished in 1973. Passengers entered through the hallway where the Omnimax is today.
  • The check in desk was usually dormant during the day but became a hub of activity every evening as porters checked travelers in for overnight trains. The large murals can now be found at CVG.
  • The Rookwood Tea Room (now an ice cream shop) is in the front of the rotunda to the right as you enter the building. The floor and walls are covered in Rookwood Tile. It housed the USO during WWII.
  • Perfect for fun with the family or friends or even a date. The omnimax is cool too.
  • Always a great place to visit. Try to go to the man-made caves down in the Natural History portion of the museum. Try the SpaceMan ice cream at the gift shop!
  • Featuring room-sized frescos, gold coins, bronze & marble sculptures, hundreds of priceless artifacts & the largest collection of body casts ever on display all frozen in time. Through August 12.
  • A great experience for the entire family. Take the time to discover this gem of Cincinnati.
  • It houses the nation's largest home-front exhibit on World War II.
  • Always a good time at the museum. Seen the Titanic, Bodies, and popes exhibits here.
  • Come see the Mistletones as they carol throughout the Museum Center, Wednesday-Sunday through Christmas Eve. Also, check out A Christmas Carol (abridged) in Rickart Auditorium- free to the public!
  • Holiday junction, is free until Christmas Day if you are a duke energy customer. Call them for your confirmation code before you come. didn't call before you came? call now, it's not too late. :-)
  • See the bat show !!!!!!
  • The museum offers an online exhibition to commemorate the life and career of Abraham Lincoln. It features digital scans of primary historical documents in Lincoln's hand, or signed by him.
  • The rotunda tour is well worth the time! And it's FREE!
  • Don't wait to take children. At six months they will enjoy the Little Peeps area which is reserved for those under 18 months
  • For the best photos: shoot first thing in the morning when the rising sun is hitting the front of the building. In the evenings the sun sets behind it, leaving the facade in the dark.
  • Cell and Internet service is spotty down here. (twitch)
  • 3 for the price of 1! Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Childrens Museum, and Museum of Natural History & Science ($12.50 adults, $8.50 kids). The perfect affordable outing for the whole family!

Nearby places

Cincinnati, OH 45203
1801 Race St (at Elder St.)