School’s out for the summer! And if that thought has you reeling, let me share my favorite secret for ultimate summer vacation fun: Cincinnati Museum Center. And after a nearly-three-year renovation that closed down many of the museum’s beloved attractions, this year features the CMC’s comeback as *the* place to hang all summer long!
There are so many reasons to put this Cincinnati gem on the top of your summer must list, from its epic indoor playground to the dinosaurs to the all-new space gallery. Here are 10 reasons you need to visit Cincinnati Museum Center this summer:
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 inside America’s pristine National Parks, alongside paleontologists in Ancient Egypt or under the turquoise oceans of Cuba.
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 beat the heat at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Our children’s museum is the coolest place to spend a summer day! Play in the only indoor-outdoor playground in town: The Woods; 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 newly revamped Public Landing. Of course, old favorites — like the massive Riverboat and market – remain, but 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.
8. Blast off at the Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and CMC’s brand-new 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. Learn more here.
9. Mingle with the mummies in Ancient Egypt
Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs unveils the mysteries and explores the realities of daily life in Ancient Egypt, through the perspective of popular culture and history. The exhibit hosts more than 350 original artifacts dating back over 4,500 years, and wandering through Egypt is truly a humbling, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
10. Mug with Mr. Redlegs
There are numerous next-level photo opps at CMC. In addition to getting your kiddo’s pic with mummies, dinosaurs and astronauts, the Museum Center has a Mr. Redlegs bench in front of the newly up-and-running fountains that’s one of the most epic photo opportunities in the city. (Find a full list of all the Mr. Redlegs benches here.)
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.