Have you ever wanted to slide down a real fire pole, flash the lights or wail a siren? At the Cincinnati Fire museum you can. There is also a 1808 fire drum, an 1836 Hunneman hand pumper (the oldest surviving fire engine in Cincinnati) and leather fire buckets.
Located at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, this museum opened in 1990 and displays many exhibits and artifacts pertaining to the history of Cincinnati. Visitors have the chance to see a 1940s streetcar, a 94-ft side-wheel steamboat and a model of Cincinnati from the 1900s to the 1940s.
Cinergy Children’s Museum is located in historic Union Terminal and enables children to climb crawl and explore and learn about human nature. The museum is world renowned and offers close to 2,000 hours of programming each year that address the arts, culture, reading and more.
Committed to providing an accessible and enjoyable facilitiy for all ages, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the integral contribution to classical music made by many American artists. The Hall of Fame features many interactive exhibits, including listening centers. Inductees include Igor Stravinsky, William Schuman and George Gershwin.
Museum of Natural History & Science offers visitors a walk through prehistoric ages. Guests tour through the Ice Age of Ohio Valley in a recreated underground limestone cave and view fossils from times past.
The American Sign Museum holds a collection of historic signs in order to preserve, archive and display pieces of American history. There are tours available only by appointment.
The Taft Museum of Art is known as one of the best small art museums in America and it has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Featured at the museum are European and American master paintings, Chinese ceramics, European decorative arts and 17th to 18th century watches. Various changing exhibits are displayed. Summer daycamps and many other educational opportunities are available.
Founded in 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum is home to 88 galleries which display a permanent collection of over 88,000 pieces. The collection is organized by different periods and genres; it includes Native American, African and Egyptian artworks, as well as pieces from Greek and Rome. The museum features the only collection of Nabataean art outside of Jordan and the Herbert Greer French collection of old master prints.
The Verdin company began in 1842 in Cincinnati and had produced more than 30,000 bells for churches and cathedrals. The museum is inside the restored Old St. Paul's Church.
Billed as the world's largest self-supporting half-dome structure, the Union Terminal houses the Cincinnati Museum Center. The museum offers a history of transportation, local geological history and a children's discovery center, as well as other local historical artifacts and exhibits.
John Hauck House Museum
The John Hauck House Museum displays urban life in Cincinnati during the 19th century. It is an Italiante style home with intricate architectural detail.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House mainly focuses on the historical and cultural aspects of her life. The site also highlights some of the movements that occurred during her lifetime such as womens rights and the Underground Railroad movements.