Open the door to history

For more than 30 years, the docents of Cincinnati Museum Center Heritage Programs have enjoyed sharing their passion for history through audio-visual presentations, walking tours and motor coach tours. As an outreach association of Cincinnati Museum Center, the all-volunteer Cincinnati Heritage Programs has unlocked doors to privately owned places generally not open to the public. All topics are thoroughly researched for accuracy. The Ambassadors of Cincinnati History strive to inspire people to learn and appreciate local Cincinnati history.

2019 Heritage Program Tours
Starry, Starry Night

Date: Wednesday, September 4   |   Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening at the Cincinnati Observatory with wine and cheese while learning about the Cincinnati Observatory. Learn why its cornerstone was originally laid on Mt. Ida in 1843 and why the observatory was moved to its present site 30 years later. Weather permitting, view Jupiter, Saturn and the moon through the world’s oldest operational telescope. While touring the National Historic Landmark, discover how 19th-century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati, and learn how the first U.S. weather prediction was achieved. Parts of this tour are not handicap accessible. Tour meets at the Observatory.

Tickets: $30 Member; $45 non-Member
Registration Ends: August 28

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Restoration Tour

Date: Saturday, September 7   |   Time: 10:00 a.m.

In 2018 Union Terminal completed the most important and largest restoration of its kind in the country. To celebrate its regeneration for the next 100 years, Heritage Programs will offer Restoration and Renovation Tours of our National Historic Landmark, showcasing restored artwork, rebuilt walls and updated engineering.

Tickets: $15 members; $20 non-members

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Restoration Tour

Date: Saturday, September 7   |   Time: 11:00 a.m.

In 2018 Union Terminal completed the most important and largest restoration of its kind in the country. To celebrate its regeneration for the next 100 years, Heritage Programs will offer Restoration and Renovation Tours of our National Historic Landmark, showcasing restored artwork, rebuilt walls and updated engineering.

Tickets: $15 members; $20 non-members

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The Tri-State Warbird Museum

Date: Tuesday, September 17   |   Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Head to Clermont County for a private tour of the Tri-State Warbird Museum. See the restoration process in the workshop where the aircraft of the “greatest generation” are being restored to flying condition. Hear how airplanes contributed to the war effort and accounts of heroism. There is standing for long periods. Lunch is not included, but a snack will be served. This tour meets at the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Batavia. Directions sent upon registration.

Tickets: $40 Member; $55 non-Member
Registration Ends: September 10

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Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Date: Saturday, September 21   |   Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Since 1906, the City of Cincinnati Water Works has been regarded as one the finest municipal water suppliers in the world. Meet us at the Richard Miller Treatment Plant to see rapid sand and carbon filtration systems. Learn about the UV light disinfection process used on millions of gallons of water each day. Explore the Old River Station, with its world-famous triple expansion steam pumps. Government photo ID required. Parts of this tour are not handicap accessible. There is standing and walking during the entire tour. Lunch not included, but a snack will be served. This tour meets at the Kellogg Ave. site. Photography not permitted.

Tickets: $35 Member; $50 non-Member
Registration Ends: September 7

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SOLD OUT! – Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Date: Saturday, September 28   |   Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Visit the house where Stowe had experiences that informed Uncle Tom’s Cabin while living in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850. Hear about the Reverend Lyman Beecher and the Lane Theological Seminary, established by the Presbyterian Church, and its impact on Cincinnati. Explore the Stowe House to learn about Harriet’s notable family. A mid-morning meal will be served from Miss Beecher's Domestic Recipe Book, written by Sister Catherine Beecher. This tour meets at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Walnut Hills.

Tickets: $25 Members; $40 non-Members
Registration Ends: September 20


Restoration Tour

Date: Saturday, October 5   |   Time: 10:00 a.m.

In 2018 Union Terminal completed the most important and largest restoration of its kind in the country. To celebrate its regeneration for the next 100 years, Heritage Programs will offer Restoration and Renovation Tours of our National Historic Landmark, showcasing restored artwork, rebuilt walls and updated engineering.

Tickets: $15 members; $20 non-members

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Restoration Tour

Date: Saturday, October 5   |   Time: 11:00 a.m.

In 2018 Union Terminal completed the most important and largest restoration of its kind in the country. To celebrate its regeneration for the next 100 years, Heritage Programs will offer Restoration and Renovation Tours of our National Historic Landmark, showcasing restored artwork, rebuilt walls and updated engineering.

Tickets: $15 members; $20 non-members

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Historic Churches

Date: Wednesday, October 9   |   Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visit the College Hill Presbyterian Church, which was first organized in 1853 and now worships in a church constructed in 1857. Close by is the English Gothic style Grace Episcopal Church, whose first congregation met in Farmer’s College in 1866. In Northside, St. Boniface Parish Church, first known as St. Aloysius Parish in 1863, was constructed in 1927. See the splendid mosaics at the Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Finneytown.

Tickets: $80 Members; $95 non-Members
Registration Ends: October 6

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Inclines and Overlooks

Date: Saturday, October 12   |   Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

During the late 1800s, Cincinnati had five inclines that carried people and freight away from the smoke, noise and crowds of the city basin. Discover the story of Cincinnati’s seven hills and ponder the wonders of 19th-century transportation engineering by visiting the sites of the inclined planes. Hear about the beer gardens and entertainment venues where families gathered after work and on weekends. Lunch is not included, but a snack will be served.

Tickets: $45 Member; $60 non-Member
Registration Ends: October 8

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Restoration Tour

Date: Saturday, November 2   |   Time: 10:00 a.m.

In 2018 Union Terminal completed the most important and largest restoration of its kind in the country. To celebrate its regeneration for the next 100 years, Heritage Programs will offer Restoration and Renovation Tours of our National Historic Landmark, showcasing restored artwork, rebuilt walls and updated engineering.

Tickets: $15 members; $20 non-members

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Restoration Tour

Date: Saturday, November 2   |   Time: 11:00 a.m.

In 2018 Union Terminal completed the most important and largest restoration of its kind in the country. To celebrate its regeneration for the next 100 years, Heritage Programs will offer Restoration and Renovation Tours of our National Historic Landmark, showcasing restored artwork, rebuilt walls and updated engineering.

Tickets: $15 members; $20 non-members

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Behind the Scenes of Union Terminal

Date: Saturday, November 16   |   Time: 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

This three-hour tour is your chance to experience the inner-workings of the newly restored Union Terminal. Go behind the new OMNIMAX screen. Visit Union Terminal’s Central Utility Plant with its updated state-of-the-art HVAC systems. Walk through CMC’s world-famous exhibit’s department. Climb into the newly restored Union Terminal’s illuminated clock and then climb to the High Steel to understand the construction of the largest half-dome building. This tour has more than 350 steps with ladder climbs in confined, dark spaces. No personal items or cameras are permitted for safety reasons. Lunch is not included. Children must be 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult. This tour is not completely handicap accessible.

Tickets: $35 members; $50 non-Members
Register by: November 8

Call 513-287-7031 to register.