Radical welcome is at the heart of Cincinnati Museum Center’s mission.

We value inclusion. We value empathy. We value you. And we are working on some resources to help everybody feel even more welcome at CMC.

Quiet Zones

Quiet zones are located throughout the building and are equipped with tools that help soothe children. If you borrow equipment from a Quiet Zone during your trip, thanks for returning it to its original location or the Public Safety office (in the Rotunda) before you leave. Quiet zones are located at:

  • Public Safety (Rotunda – Shared Space)
    Equipped with a Minky-covered 5 lb. weighted blanket, Snug earmuffs, various fidgets, a liquid motion timer, adjustable lighting, a couch and first aid supplies. Medication, pumped milk, and required food items that need to stay chilled can be stored in the refrigerator in the Public Safety Quiet Zone as needed.
  • Nursing Room by Fountain Gallery (Mezzanine – Private Room)
    Equipped with a Minky-covered 5 lb. weighted blanket, Snug earmuffs, various fidgets, a liquid motion timer and a comfortable chair
  • Parent Resource Room in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum (Lower Level – Shared Space)
    Equipped with a Minky-covered 5 lb. weighted blanket, sound machine, picture books, a Braille library, kid-sized egg chairs, a couch, rocking chairs and space to spread out as necessary. Snug earmuffs and fidgets are available upon request.
  • Nursing Room on The Avenue (Lower Level – Private Room)
    Equipped with a Minky-covered 5 lb. weighted blanket, Snug earmuffs various fidgets, a liquid motion timer and a couch.
Restrooms

Our restrooms on all three levels have the following amenities.

  • Infant changing tables in every restroom
  • Adult changing tables (hold up to 400 lb.) on each museum level
  • Trash bins in all accessible stalls
  • All restrooms have manual flush toilets and paper towel dispensers. A few restrooms do have air hand dryers, including the girl’s restroom in the Children’s Museum.
  • Staff and visitors may use the restroom that corresponds to the gender with which they best identify. Universal, single-stall restrooms are also located throughout the building.
Visual Amenities

CMC is happy to offer the following services for those who need them.

  • Braille panels in Dinosaur Hall and The Cave
  • Hands-on, tactile replicas and/or activities in every exhibit
  • The Black Book of Colors in KidSPACE in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum (a story that explains colors to those with visual impairments)
  • National Geographic in Braille in Nature’s Trading Post in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum
  • A growing Braille library of children’s books in the Parent Resource Room in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum
  • Please ask the box office about described audio options for select OMNIMAX® films
    • Apollo 11: First Steps Edition offers descriptive audio for the visually impaired.
    • Superpower Dogs offers descriptive audio for the visually impaired.
Mobility Amenities

CMC is happy to offer the following services for those who need them.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Amenities

CMC is happy to offer the following services for those who need them.

  • Script version of featured exhibit audio is available upon request (see box office)
  • Deaf Days are held at least once per the run of a Featured Exhibit
  • Please ask the box office about available aids for the deaf and hard of hearing for OMNIMAX® films.
    • Superpower Dogs offers closed captioning and assisted listening for the hard of hearing.
Service Animals

Trained service animals required to perform tasks for or assist with a person with a disability are permitted in Cincinnati Museum Center. Service animals should remain on a leash or in a harness and under the control of the owner at all times. In compliance with the ADA, we only allow Service Dogs and Miniature Horses.

For more information, please view the ADA's Service Animal Requirements and the ADA's Service Animal FAQ.

Additional access-focused initiatives will roll out on an ongoing basis.

Additional Information
  • The OMNIMAX® is now equipped with Snug Earmuffs for those with sound sensitivities.
  • Caregivers, who are visiting the museum for the purpose of providing care to an Individual with Disabilities, will be able to receive a free, complementary Museum Admission ticket. The caregiver will need to visit the box office to receive their ticket. As a reminder, the caregiver comp ticket only applies to the Museum Admission ticket. Caregivers will need to pay to visit OMNIMAX® and Featured Exhibits.
  • Guests with valid food assistance EBT/SNAP card and photo ID will receive free parking and $2/person admission with the Museum Admission Ticket for up to ten guests as a part of our Museums for All program. Valid cards from all 50 U.S. states will be accepted. Cards must be presented at Box Office. Museums for All tickets cannot be purchased online.
  • Lockers are available for $1/each and can be accessed throughout the day. They are located on the lower level across from Beansprouts Café and on the Concourse level near the bathrooms to the left of the OMNIMAX® for storage of items while at the Museum Center.
  • Visitors may bring their own food and drink. There is also food and drink available for purchase in the three walk-up, on-site restaurants: Bean Sprouts Café, Cup & Pint, and Nourish 513. Onsite restaurants are peanut free and have nutrition and allergy information available. There is an additional wheelchair accessible self-order kiosk in the dining area on the main/concourse level. Food and drinks are not allowed inside the museums.