Winter’s settled into the Queen City. And if that thought has you reeling, let me share my favorite place to visit all year round (but especially in the winter): Cincinnati Museum Center.
There are so many reasons to put this Cincinnati gem on the top of your winter must list, from its epic indoor playground to the dinosaurs to the space gallery. Here are 10 reasons you need to visit Cincinnati Museum Center this winter:
1. The OMNIMAX is the most epic movie theatre in town
Every parent knows that movies are a tried-and-true option for those too-hot, too-rainy, too-tired days. Why not take your movie morning to the next level? CMC’s OMNIMAX puts your kids there, whether it’s alongside Neil Armstrong in Apollo 11, doing awesome things with Man’s Best Friend in Superpower Dogs or chugging through the Canadian Rockies in Rocky Mountain Express.
2. Two words: The Caves
Cincinnati Museum Center’s Cave is about as realistic as it gets (without actually venturing underground), with waterfalls, pooled water, tight corridors and cave formations like stalagmites and stalactites. You’ll feel the chill as you dip below ground and follow the flow of water as it carves formations through the underground. It’s an immersive and totally awesome experience.
3. Your kids can get creative at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Our children’s museum is the best place to spend a winter day! Play in the only indoor-outdoor playground in town: The Woods (closed for renovations Jan. 21-31); splash (and learn!) at the epic water table and go shopping for ice cream and other summer essentials at Kroger.
4. You’ll get a hands-on history lesson at the Public Landing
Step back in time at the Public Landing. In addition to old favorites — like the massive Riverboat and market — the Landing now includes several interactive elements that make this as must-visit with kids. There are six new historic shops, including a dressmaker with dress-up clothes, a printmaker where you can DIY your own headlines and a Ball and Thomas photography studio that lets you snap a 19th century selfie! The Public Landing is more fun that ever.
5. See trains, planes and automobiles at Cincinnati in Motion
If your kids love trains, enjoy all the little details in LEGO displays or simply like cars and trucks and things that go, Cincinnati in Motion is for them! Cincinnati in Motion displays Downtown Cincinnati as it appeared in the 1940s. Cincinnati in Motion is the nation’s largest full-motion urban layout — and all the little details and touches are stunning.
6. Be STEM-spired in the Science Interactives Gallery
You kiddos can inside a volcano vortex, lift themselves sky-high with pulleys, see themselves like never before with infrared cameras and create their own storm clouds! Read all about CMC’s Science Interactives Gallery here.
7. Get up-close with your fave prehistoric pals at the Dinosaur Hall
The Dinosaur Hall is the Cincinnati Museum Center’s 7,000-square-foot ode to all things prehistoric, and features six massive dinosaur specimens ranging from the Jurassic Period to the Cretaceous Period — including five on display to the public for the first time. Special interactive elements provide a unique, prehistoric perspective for your kids: video microscopes put you in the paleontologist’s seat, footprints on the floor lets you walk in these animals’ footsteps and an interactive globe shows the evolution of the earth beginning 600 million years ago.
Be Extra: Take it to the next level and visit CMC’s Paleontology Lab!
8. Blast off at the Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery
CMC’s Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery is a lunar love letter that must be experienced. The gallery features unique artifacts and equipment from the Apollo 11 mission, plus lots of fun, kid-friendly interactives. As with all CMC exhibits, what makes the Neil Armstrong Gallery so special is how immersive and accessible everything is. Admission to the Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery is free for Members or included in Discovery Pass.
9. Destination Moon
Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission and explores the birth and development of the American space program and space race. This epic exhibit features more than 20 original artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission, including the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia — the only portion of the spacecraft that survived the epic journey to the moon. This vessel weighs over 9,000 pounds and is definitely the star of the show. Hurry — this must-see exhibit is only open through Feb. 17.
10. Snap a selfie
There are numerous next-level photo opps at CMC. Get your kiddo’s pic with dinosaurs and astronauts, in front of a miniature Cincy skyline or the iconic CMC Fountains. Tag your pic #cincymuseum and they might share your selfie on social media!
The best part? Admission to all these CMC experiences (except from the OMNIMAX and Egypt exhibit) is FREE for Members or included in Discovery Pass.