January 2009 Issue
Cincinnati Museum Center
While it may be tempting to hide away at home, make sure to get out and explore this winter.
Jennifer Rogers and Kelly Curran
One of Ohio’s most innovative attractions, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is actually three museums in one. Home to the Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural History & Science, the center provides visitors both entertainment and education.
From dinosaurs to culture festivals, the Museum Center has it all. Bring the entire family for a tour, lecture, concert or festival, or just explore at your own pace. Highlights of the museum’s winter season include the exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” which opens on Jan. 19, and “Dinosaurs Unearthed,” which opens Feb. 13.
The “RACE” exhibit, which investigates the experience and history of race in the U.S., will feature programming to engage the entire community, including the African Culture Festival, Jan. 17–19.
“Dinosaurs Unearthed” is an interactive spectacle featuring animatronic dinosaurs, skeletons, fossils and more.
In addition to these new exhibits, make sure to check out the OMNIMAX Theater, a five-story, 72-foot screen that shows films like “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk,” through Feb. 12.
For the kids, the “Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog” exhibit is a hit. This interactive space, open through Jan. 11, takes guests on a tour through the sights and sounds of Clifford’s world.
For those who enjoy learning about other cultures, the Passport to the World series is inspiring and entertaining. The Appalachian Culture Festival takes place Feb. 14–15, providing a glimpse into traditions right here in our back yard.
1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 45203, 513/287-7000. www.cincymuseum.org