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Cincinnati Museum Center’s holiday gift guide

Twelve gift ideas to finish your shopping before Black Friday

CINCINNATI – The holidays are a time for family. Coming together from across the country around the dinner table. A time for cherished memories while making many more. A time for… oh geez, I haven’t done any of my shopping!

Don’t worry. Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) has you covered. With gifts for all ages, all interests and all budgets, CMC is your one-stop holiday shop this season.
We’ve selected some of our favorite gifts and there’s sure to be one perfect for the person on your list.

Family in Museum of Natural History & Science

12 months of exploration – Opt for a CMC Membership and a year of exploration as you make memories together. Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati History Museum and Duke Energy Children’s Museum, plus free parking and discounts on OMNIMAX® films and featured exhibitions.

Apollo 11 – Visit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission and see for yourself the Apollo 11 command module Columbia and Buzz Aldrin’s iconic gold-visored helmet and extravehicular gloves. Then mull over your own first words (on the Moon or just for the day) with a heat-changing Moon mug. Or stage your own Moon landing with a multi-piece lunar lander set.

Apollo 11 command module Columbia

10 pieces of track (plus the trains and scenery to go with it) – The perfect gift for tiny train enthusiasts, a wooden train set makes a great playroom addition. Or, give a gift early and add a detailed Lionel ornament to the tree.

K9 – Give an adorable pup a good home without the need for potty training. Select from five breeds of canine and snuggle up with them during a screening of Superpower Dogs in the OMNIMAX® Theater.

8 decades of history – Select from a variety of Union Terminal books and immerse yourself in over 86 years of the building’s history, each with stunning photos of our National Historic Landmark and Art Deco icon.

7 ways to volunteer – Consider giving us the gift of your time and talent by volunteering in one of seven areas. Be a museum ambassador and choose from our gallery activities, shows & interpretations or labs & maker tracks; greet and answer prying questions from eager guests; brush up on a variety of specialized topics and lend us your expertise as a featured exhibition volunteer; or apply to our Youth Programs (ages 13-18) for a combination of guest interaction and college and professional readiness.

6 critters – Wind them up and watch them go. Pick from six motorized critters that walk, roll and wobble. A clever gift for an aspiring mechanic, engineer or tinkerer. Available in our gift shop.

Henry from Superpower Dogs

5 stories of adventure – An OMNIMAX® Club Card is your passport to adventure all year long. Enjoy unlimited OMNIMAX® films in our five-story domed theater, including Superpower Dogs, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, rotating classic films like Rocky Mountain Express and more.

4 elements – Earth. Water. Air. Fire. Pick the element that speaks to you and own a piece of original wildlife art. With nearly 200 pieces to choose from, including oil on canvas, bronze sculptures, miniatures and scenes carved into feathers, you can pick the piece that speaks to the spirit animal inside your special someone. See the full collection of artwork inside the In the Audubon Tradition: Birds of a Feather exhibition or online through the Susan K. Black Foundation.

Gift shop items

3D puzzle – Play amateur paleontologist and assemble a wooden dinosaur puzzle. If that’s too difficult, opt for a super soft plush dinosaur. Available in our gift shop.

2 cardinals flying over Union Terminal – Purchase a signed print from John Ruthven, including his stunning work of two cardinals flying above a wintry Union Terminal. Visit In the Audubon Tradition: Birds of a Feather to see more original Ruthven artwork and the works of legendary wildlife artist John James Audubon. (Fun fact: Audubon was CMC’s first paid employee all the way back in 1819.)

1 dollar – The joy of the holidays is giving. Consider a donation to CMC this year. Even $1 can help us provide meaningful experiences that will inspire and spark curiosity.

Visit Cincinnati Museum Center to see a full selection of history, science and fun selections in our gift shop and exhibitions and films to pique every person’s interest on your list.


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 one million visitors annually. For more information, visit