Cincinnati History Museum
Step back in time and experience the history of our city, from our earliest settlers to those actively shaping the Queen City today. Along the way, meet costumed interpreters to better understand and connect with history. Explore a recreation of the bustling Public Landing from the late 1850s and climb aboard the Queen of the West, a replica side-wheel steamboat. Take an aerial view of Cincinnati from the early 1900s through 1940s in Cincinnati in Motion, a 1/64-scale replica of the city complete with the nation’s largest S-scale train model.
Experience the past in a whole new way, with new adventure at every turn, in the Cincinnati History Museum.
Cincinnati History Museum Exhibits
Guests will step onto a bustling riverside street and market, getting a sense for a city that hasn’t changed quite as much as we might have thought. Public Landing recreates a city built on innovation and determination with historic shopfronts, dynamic soundscapes and a peek inside the interior of the Queen of the West.
Cincinnati in Motion, one of the best-loved galleries in the Cincinnati History Museum, has returned in a refreshed and renewed space. The main display is now open, featuring the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati, with additional displays opening in 2020. The renovated gallery will offer a welcoming and exciting introduction to the Cincinnati History Museum, with cleaned and repaired historic S-gauge train models, new lighting, new sounds and more opportunities to interact with historic and updated content.
Explore how rivers, rails and roads have shaped and defined our region over the centuries. How has transportation spurred innovation and how has it both provided and impaired access? Through vehicles, maps, objects and interactive elements discover the evolution of our region and examine how new forms of transportation may shape our future city.
Our city is home to distinctive chili, a great beer scene and the Porkopolis nickname. How did these and other “only in Cincy” traditions get started and grow here? You Are Here will get to the root of these stories and explore what it means to live, work, and play in the Queen City. Rediscover the city you love with this new exhibit.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open daily with the exception of Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Members-only early entry at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Saturdays.
As we continue to develop and open new galleries for you to explore, there are select times when adjacent galleries may be temporarily unavailable in order for exhibit work to occur. Please see the current list of unavailable galleries and dates here.