Inside the Beautifully Restored Cincinnati Museum Center


Cincinnati Museum Center — located in historic Union Terminal, which originally opened in 1933 as a train station hub — recently wrapped up its first full structural restoration in the building’s 85-year history.  The renovations began in summer 2016 and doors officially reopened to the public on Nov. 17. The $212 million project was partially covered by the city, with a .25-cent sales tax increase approved by Cincinnati voters in 2014.

Since construction began, most of the museum has been closed — sans a few traveling exhibits and the children’s museum. Despite the grand re-opening, there are still a few projects to finish.

Here's what's open and up-and-running at the Museum Center: The iconic clock on the building façade once again keeps the correct time; the 8,000-square-foot fountain is now fully-functional and water can flow freely over its regal, tiered levels; visitors can once again stroll through the Museum of Natural History and Science; and the Omnimax Theater is hosting screenings once again. Three new glycol chillers, five hot water boilers and two steam boilers are all operational and keeping the building at a comfortable temperature.

The exhibits GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World and Chocolate: The Exhibition run through Jan. 6. For ticket prices, visit

For more on the Cincinnati Museum Center's updates and reopening, click here.

| Photos by Devin Luginbill