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Children’s Museum set to reopen July 1

Cincinnati Museum Center making preparations to open its third museum after 16-month closure

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) announced today its plans to reopen the Children’s Museum on July 1. The long-awaited reopening comes after what will be a 16-month closure due to the high-touch nature of the museum and an abundance of caution for museum guests. Recent consultation with healthcare professionals and guidance from the CDC has paved the way for a safe reopening.

“We’ve been working closely with healthcare professionals and following CDC guidelines over the past several months to determine when we can responsibly reopen our Children’s Museum in a safe way that still delivers a premier learning-through-play experience,” says Elizabeth Pierce, President & CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center.

CMC will limit guest capacity in the Children’s Museum to continue to allow social distancing and is implementing the same strict cleaning protocols it has been following through its other museums. Guests will also still be required to wear masks to protect those who are not vaccinated, including children not yet eligible and those with underlying health conditions.

CMC will provide an update on ticketing details, Member benefits and availability in the coming weeks.

“We know we’re not the only ones who will have this day circled on their calendars,” adds Pierce. “Seeing kids climb through The Woods, splash through Waterworks and have those transformative moments of joy and epiphany are some of our most fulfilling moments as museum professionals.”

Along with the Children’s Museum, CMC anticipates reopening its STEM-in-action Science Interactives Gallery, presented by Procter & Gamble, this summer. The updated Ice Age Gallery, closed since the start of Union Terminal’s restoration in July 2016, will also reopen on July 1. The Ice Age Gallery is the latest permanent addition to CMC made possible through its $85 million Champion More Curiosity campaign to build the museum’s future.


About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than 1.8 million visits annually. For more information, visit

About Champion More Curiosity
The $85 million Champion More Curiosity campaign is shaping Cincinnati Museum Center’s future while creating generations of critical thinkers to power the innovation of our region. By Championing More Curiosity and helping build the future of Cincinnati Museum Center, you can fuel the economic prosperity of our region. Champion More Curiosity will build or reimagine over a dozen permanent exhibits and galleries and equip state-of-the-art labs for cutting-edge research for students from elementary grades to post-docs. Today’s wide-eyed explorers will be tomorrow’s innovators. We work shoulder-to-shoulder to engage our community in monumental moments of epiphany, wonder and connection. As we inspire all generations to learn, grow and thrive at Cincinnati Museum Center, we Champion More Curiosity. Consider making a lifelong impact by donating in support of Championing More Curiosity at