Whether you need to entertain toddlers and teenagers or are looking for a cute couple outing, the Cincinnati Museum Center is the place to be.

Justice for all

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Union Terminal’s exterior served as the basis for the design of the Hall of Justice, the headquarters of the Justice League in the 1970s cartoon Super Friends. While you might not see Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman walking around the Hall of Justice’s real-life counterpart, it’s still a sight to behold as you head up the drive and see the Art Deco architecture rising up against the brilliant blue sky.

Hands-on activities for the kids

Duke Energy Children's Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center
Duke Energy Children's Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center

The Duke Energy Children’s Museum presents more than 1,800 hours of programming for young’uns in addition to the exhibit areas that are always available.

  • Kids’ Town – Kids can explore this neighborhood sized just for them with grocery store, veterinary clinic, post office, diner and more.
  • The Energy Zone – Different stations offer different interactive and educational tasks.
  • Little Sprouts Farm – Children four years and younger will love the slide, sand table, puppet shows and more in this play space for crawlers and early walkers.
  • The Woods – Little ones can go on an adventure of the imagination with rope bridges, climbing wall, tree house and more.
  • Inside the Grin – Learn all about good dental hygiene with larger-than-life mouth display.
  • Nature's Trading Post – Kids can trade in the objects they find out in nature to earn points and prizes.
  • KidSPACE – This interactive lab teaches kids about science, technology, creativity and more.

History buff

Cincinnati History Museum (photo: Phil Armstrong)
Cincinnati History Museum (photo: Phil Armstrong)

Step through the doors of the Cincinnati History Museum and step back in time to the 19th century. Climb aboard a replica of the Queen of the West steamboat, talk with costumed interpreters and explore a re-creation of the 1850s Cincinnati Public Landing. What better way to learn about the region’s history than walking right through it?!

Is that not far enough back in the ages for you? What about the Jurassic Period? Come face to face with prehistoric beasts in the new Dinosaur Hall, part of the Museum of Natural History & Science. The collection includes the 60-foot-long Galeamopus, the most complete specimen of its kind in the world, the Tyrannosaurus rex’s older cousin Daspletosaurus and more.

OMNIMAX Theater

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (photo: @photogdslavey)
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (photo: @photogdslavey)

Prepare to be wowed by the newly renovated five-story domed OMNIMAX Theater now with IMAX® with Laser. The new technology provides a better, crisper and brighter experience for visitors further aided by the theater's new, seemingly seamless screen. Wider chairs and updated carpet and lighting completes the makeover of this state-of-the-art venue.

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