Standing on native land. Meet the region’s earliest inhabitants.

Humans have called our region home for more than 12,000 years. Our archaeologists have been piecing together their civilizations from the objects and clues they left behind. Through history, science, technology and years of systematic excavation, we meet the Native Peoples of the Central Ohio Valley, the frontier soldiers of Fort Washington and the pioneers who blazed a trail to Losantiville.

Scenic recreations, archaeological tools, an outdoor garden and artifacts – from spear points and the prehistoric Cincinnati tablet to the Revolutionary-era Fort Washington flag and documents signed by Thomas Jefferson – will help you discover how these early cultures impacted and influenced each other.

Opening 2026
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