Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Cinergy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. It is a nationally recognized educational and research resource and one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest. More than one million people visit annually, reaching out to almost 200,000 young people through hands-on exhibits and programming. As a center for the entire community, more than 700 events are held in the building each year. Originally built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and re-opened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country. Opened in 1875, it is the nation's second oldest zoo and a national historic landmark. The Zoos 75 acres house more than 500 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties. Over 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo annually. This not-for-profit entity is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects around the world.
The Taft Museum of Art collections include European old master and 19th-century American paintings, Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts, Limoges enamels, watches, sculptures, and furniture. The Baum-Longworth-Taft House, an excellent example of American Palladian architecture, features early-19th-century New York furniture.
Walk through a glacier and step back 19,000 years into the Ice Age of the Ohio Valley. Explore a re-created Kentucky limestone cave, complete with underground waterfalls, streams, fossils and a live bat colony.