Cincinnati Museums & History

Cincinnati Museums & HistorySpend some time exploring the rich history and culture of America’s first boomtowns in the Midwest. Cincinnati boasts a large collection of historical architecture throughout the city, as well as several museums dedicated to the preservation of history and the arts. No matter which way your tastes run, you’ll be sure to find something in Cincy to appreciate!

Cincinnati Art Museum
Located in beautiful Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum cultivates even more beauty inside. This huge art museum ranks alongside the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York as one of the best museums of its type in the country. See the unparalleled permanent art collection as you stroll through the galleries, and be sure to stop by the traveling exhibits.

Address: 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 639-2995
Web: www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
Learn all about Cincy’s Major League baseball team when you visit the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. This specific museum was instituted back in 1958 in order to recognize the achievements of former Reds players, managers and executives. Over the years, it has grown to include several exciting, interactive exhibits.

Address: 100 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 765-7923
Web: www.cincinnati.reds.mlb.com

Taft Museum of Art
Although the Taft Museum of Art is housed in the Taft’s former villa, this house museum contains an extensive collection of paintings, porcelains, sculptures, decorative arts, furniture and much more in its spacious rooms. This expansive display includes old master paintings from Europe and America by artists like Dominique Ingres, Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn and others.

Address: 316 Pike St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 241-0343
Web: www.taftmuseum.org

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Constructed in an old passenger railroad station, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal now houses three museums, an OMNIMAX theater and a library in its massive facility. Learn about the history of the city at the Cincinnati History Museum; explore the entire world at the Museum of Natural History and Science; or let the little ones have a blast at the Duke Energy Children's Museum.

Address: 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203 - MAP
Phone: (513) 287-7000
Web: www.cincymuseum.org

William Howard Taft National Historic Site
See where the 27th president of the United States was born and raised when you come by the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. This two-story Greek Revival house has been perfectly preserved and meticulously maintained over the years. Established as a National Historic Site in 1969, this house is now open as a museum for the public.

Address: 2038 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219 - MAP
Phone: (513) 684-3262
Web: www.nps.gov

American Sign Museum
Not sure where you’re going? The American Sign Museum can help point you in the right direction. This specialized museum features over 200 signs and other objects from all over the US. Learn about the design and manufacturing of these roadside staples through a series of fun exhibits and displays.

Address: 2515 Essex Pl., Cincinnati, OH 45206 - MAP
Phone: (513) 258-4020
Web: www.signmuseum.org

Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
Find faith in the human spirit at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. This heart wrenching yet inspiring museum showcases the tragedy as well as the tenacity of the human condition. Honor those who lost their lives to the Holocaust and those who survived; and let their stories teach you lessons about the necessity of tolerance, inclusion and social justice in the modern world.

Address: 8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 - MAP
Phone: (513) 487-3055
Web: www.holocaustandhumanity.org

National Underground Railroad Freedom Cente
Cincinnati has a great belief in the triumph of the human spirit in the face of great obstacles. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center honors those who lost their lives in slavery, those who died trying to escape, those who managed to fight for their freedom and the continuous struggle for civil and human rights around the world.

Address: 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 333-7500
Web: www.freedomcenter.org

Cincinnati Fire Museum
Children and children at heart will adore the Cincinnati Fire Museum, with its many fun, interactive exhibits. Learn about the history of firefighting in Cincinnati; see cool artifacts from some of America’s original firefighters; explore a modern day fire truck, complete with a siren; and much, much more!

Address: 315 W Court St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 - MAP
Phone: (513) 621-5553
Web: www.cincyfiremuseum.com

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
See the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, where the author famous for penning Uncle Tom’s Cabin was born and raised. This preserved family home has been maintained and restored. Travel back in time, as you enter through the doors, to an era on the brink of Civil War, and get a glimpse into the lives of a family filled with human rights activists.

Address: 2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206 - MAP
Phone: (513) 751-0651
Web: www.ohsweb.ohiohistory.org

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Duke Energy Children’s Museum

Address: 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203 - MAP
Phone: (513) 287-7000
Web: www.cincymuseum.org