Stop in and experience Union Terminal for yourself! Whether visiting one of our museums or coming through to see one of our world-class changing exhibits, explore and enjoy one of Cincinnati’s great architectural treasures. There are several ways to get a more in-depth experience. Click the links below to learn more.
Discover one of Cincinnati’s National Historic Landmarks, Union Terminal. During a 45-minute tour, docents explain the construction, architecture and art of one the finest examples of the Art Deco style. Hear details about the world-famous mosaic murals and visit the Harold C. Schott Union Terminal President’s Office, today’s Amtrak waiting room and Rookwood Tea Room.
Complimentary tours are held Saturdays at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tours can also be arranged for groups during the week with advance notice.
Visit Tower A, restored and maintained by the Cincinnati Railroad Club, and see where rail operations were controlled when Union Terminal was a train station! Look out over the Queensgate Freight Yard and see trains coming and going through one of the busiest yards in the country! Please note that access requires the use of stairs.
Tower A will be closing as part of repair and restoration on May 22, 2016. Stop by and enjoy some special programs.
Story Reading: “Katie and Kenny Tour the Railroad”
1:45 and 2:15 p.m.
Join local children’s book author and train enthusiast Keith Corman as he reads his new children’s book “Katie and Kenny Tour the Railroad” and visit with staff from Norfolk Southern’s Cincinnati Intermodal Yard.
All About Trains
Discover the different types of cars in a freight train and their specific jobs.
Discover how steam is used to power engines and learn about the impacts that this technology has had on transportation. Observe steam powering a locomotive and other manual engines.
Regular hours: Tower A is free and open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Stop by the Cincinnati History Museum and visit the Gateway to the City: Cincinnati Union Terminal exhibit. Located on the Mezzanine Level of the museum, learn about how Union Terminal came about, its history as a train station, some of the alternate uses proposed for the building and the story behind the art and artists that decorated Union Terminal. Also be sure to check out the one-third scale painting, or cartoon, of the south-east rotunda mosaics. This was painted by Reiss as a guide for Ravenna Tile when they create the mosaics!
On the Lower Level of the museum, in the Machine Tool Gallery, you can also view the two remaining industrial mosaics at Union Terminal. In 1973, 14 others were moved to the Greater Cincinnati Airport to preserve them from destruction when the train concourse was demolished. These two murals remained in place until the installation of the OMNIMAX® Theater in 1989 and were moved to their current location to allow visitors to continue to enjoy them! Open Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Interested in even more information? Delve into our library’s collection of Union Terminal material. Everything from company records to photographs can be researched to expand your knowledge of Union Terminal! While visiting the library, be sure and check out the Arrival and Departure board mosaic panels. Located on either side of the library’s front door, these panels were located where the OMNIMAX® Theater is today, right above information boards that told passengers that day's train schedule.
Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays
Can't visit us in person? That's OK! We've partnered with Google Cultural Institute and now you can take a virtual tour of Cincinnati Museum Center! Just follow this link to start exploring!
Image Captions: 1 Nick Massa Panorama of Union Terminal during the day. Photos of Rotunda, Pierre Bourdelle mural, Union Terminal President's Office and Tower A by Robert Webber. 2 Nick Massa Panorama of the rotunda during a culture fest. 3 Nick Massa View from Tower A. 4 Nick Massa Reiss cartoon in CHM. 5 CMC Online Photo Archive The Cincinnati Historical Library and Archive. 6 Mykl Sandusky An agent working in the C.U.T. House Detective Agency.