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moose town, Maine
February 26, 2009
San Francisco, California
October 31, 2006
I think this museum is actually called the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science. We decided to visit because we had already gone to the zoo and the aquarium and we were cold and wanted to do an indoor activity in keeping with the sciency-learning theme we'd begun. However, in our visits to the educational tourist activities in Cincinnati, this was our first disappointment.
To be fair, there are a lot of great exhibits here. There are many historical exhibits- there's an ice age exhibit, a historical society library, some dinosaur stuff, and the usual. However, the exhibits just were not that sophisticated and did not really offer that much unique or even that much that really caught my interest or taught me anything. I think the mistake that we made was we expected it to be more museumy in that we expected it to teach us something and have a lot of great historical and scientific exhibits. Instead it was really more geared towards kids. Some of the science stuff- like different things with water and weights- and almost all of the history stuff- like seeing the rainforest or the glacier stuff- is all geared toward giving kids a hands on experience and exposure to science. However, if you are beyond about the fourth grade it's not going to teach you anything and not going to be very exciting for you to see.
That being said, if you have kids it would probably be a great place to go. The price is cheap (only $7.25 for adults and $5.25 for kids under 12) and offers a lot of family fun activities that kids will get a kick out of. They do a good job teaching weather stuff and ecosystems to kids and the hands on stuff is great for them. There is also an imax theatre where there are vaguely educational and always cool 3D sort of things going on.
I'd definitely visit if you have kids, but otherwise I wouldn't waste your time.
From journal College Trip
Washington, District of Columbia
June 27, 2005
From journal The Heart of It All
by J. Stephen
July 10, 2004
However, since 1991, Amtrak once again is using the station. Now only six trains a week pass through Cincinnati. It's the "Cardinal," with three weekly trains going west (to Chicago) and three trains going east (to Washington, D.C.). My wife and I love railroading. We have traveled in and out of this terminal on several occasions and we hope for the day when America will once again have a more viable railway system.
Union Terminal was begun in August 1929, and completed in March 1933, as the joint venture of 7 different railways. The rotunda of the building is fabulous - a definite "must see" for those visiting Cincinnati - regardless of their mode of transportation. It spans 188 feet and soars to a peak of 106 feet high. The interior walls are decorated with murals which portray the history of Cincinnati and environs.
In addition to the small Amtrak station, the building now is home to the Cincinnati Museum Center, one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest. Inside are: Museum of Natural History and Science, Cincinnati Historical Museum, Cinergy Children's Museum, Linder Family Omnimax Theater, and Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Each of the three museums is a worthy destination within itself, and the Omnimax has a giant wraparound screen, five stories high, that offers an unending series of spectacular shows. Also, more than 700 special events are held in the Museum Center each year. Tickets for the different museums vary. Multi-passes for the museums as well as annual passes are a good value.
From journal Cincinnati, Ohio: My Home Town