The Museum of Natural History and Science takes visitors from the caves of the tri-state region to the Ice Age thousands of years ago, all while promoting the preservation of the environment. New in 2011 is LITE Lab, which is all about sustainability and recyclability. The new flooring is made up of recycled tires, the lighting is provided by highly efficient LED bulbs, and the graphic panels contain 100% recycled materials. The lab provides hands-on learning opportunities for adults and kids alike, with a large focus on self-guided and independent discovery. You can conduct your own science experiments and even test new prototype exhibits for the museum! New technologies have been installed—including microscopes and laboratory equipment—to accompany these experiments.
While you’re at the museum, check out Nature's Trading Post, which teaches children about responsible collecting and preservation of the environment; Clues Frozen in Time will take you back 19,000 years into the Ice Age of the Ohio Valley; and The Cavern: A World Without Light offers a simulated limestone cave modeled on caves found in the tri-state region of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky and covers two levels and 500 feet of darkened passageways.
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. It is a nationally recognized educational and research resource and one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest.
More than one million people visit annually, reaching out to almost 200,000 young people through hands-on exhibits and programming. As a center for the entire community, more than 700 events are held in the building each year. Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and re-opened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990.