The Cincinnati Museum Center is a covered complex featuring various museums, theaters, and a library. The museum center is located at the Cincinnati Union Terminal in Cincinnati, OH. The Union Terminal is a railroad station built in Art Deco architecture back in 1933. It was originally used as a railroad station before it stopped for renovation and conversion into the Cincinnati Museum Center. But the Union Terminal resumed its railroad services in 1991 and now you can catch a train or visit the various museums in the building. Being an ardent historian and art fan, I couldn’t leave Cincinnati without visiting the museum center. I spent a whole day touring the various museums, checking out stuff in the vast library and archives, before finally catching an evening movie at the OMNIMAX Theater. There are three major museums in the Cincinnati Museum Center including the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum , and Museum Of Natural History And Science. I started my tour at the Cincinnati History Museum to learn more about Cincinnati.

Cincinnati History Museum

The Cincinnati History Museum allows you to go back in time and experience the history of this ancient and historical city. There are artifacts and exhibits showcasing the evolution of the city since the days of the first settlers all the way to the Second World War. The museum has trained interpreters who will narrate the whole history of the city. The Cincinnati In Motion exhibit features a 1/64-scale replica of the city in the early 1900s. It also features the largest S-Scale train. You will be able to see various historical relics including the side-wheel steamboats. Visiting the Cincinnati History Museum was an eye-opener for me because I didn’t know that the city had such a rich history.

Duke Energy Children’s Museum

The Duke Energy Children’s Museum is one of the best places to take your kids for a history and science experience. The museum has eight educational and themed play areas for kids of all ages. Two play areas are designed for young preschool kids. The play areas are designed in various adventure themes. Kids can go on adventures in the wilderness in The Woods. The Energy Zone allows kids to appreciate machinery and innovation. The Kids’ Town replicates an ordinary neighborhood where kids can interact and play together. There are many reading materials for kids and adults in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum.

Museum Of Natural History And Science

The Museum of Natural History and Science in Cincinnati, OH, allows you to study history and learn science and nature. There are many interactive historical and scientific exhibits in this museum. You will also be able to observe scientific experiments and procedures in the STEM Discovery Lab. The museum has a resident mummy, Big Brown Bats, and even holds the Neil Armstrong’s space suit.

Cincinnati History Library And Archives

After touring all these fun museums, I went to check out the book collection in the Cincinnati History Library and Archives. This library holds a vast collection of reading materials, photos, and films from the region. If you truly wish to learn the history of the Greater Cincinnati area, the state of Ohio and the Old Northwest Territory, then you need to visit this library.


I wound up my day at the OMNIMAX Theater in the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. There was a nice movie there and the screen and sound system are topnotch. A soft drink and popcorn and you are good to go.