Cincinnati Museum Center plans new space to cook up science, history and community

Cr(EAT)e Culinary Studio opens this November

CINCINNATI - Some of the best conversations happen around food and Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) knows some great learning comes from food and cooking, too. That’s why they’re launching a dedicated space and programming to engage you in the science, history and community of food. CMC’s Cr(EAT)e Culinary Studio featuring the Kroger Food Lab will open this November.

The Cr(EAT)e Culinary Studio is planned to be a versatile programming space located off Union Terminal’s grand Rotunda and will feature the Kroger Food Lab, outfitted with multiple cooking stations, including ovens and ranges. The interactive programming space will turn the kitchen into a laboratory as it explores the science behind cooking, the chemical reactions that change flavor and textures and the tactile motor skills to make it all possible. But the Cr(EAT)e Culinary Studio will not just be about food science, it will be an entry point into our region’s history, food community and world cultures.

“Food is a pathway to history, culture and memory-making across multiple generations. It creates a delicious and accessible tapestry that tells our regional and family stories,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president & CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “The Cr(EAT)e Culinary Studio featuring the Kroger Food Lab will use food’s unique ability to bring people together to deepen our sense of community, our understanding of science and our appreciation of history.”

The Cr(EAT)e Culinary Studio will partner with CMC staff, community partners, local chefs – including chefs from CMC’s in-house food service provider and caterer SSA – and foodies across all ages. Program participants will get to prep and cook their way through a variety of programs, from one-hour sprints to weeklong Museum Camps and will be designed for children, adults, couples and groups.

The Cr(EAT)e Culinary Studio featuring the Kroger Food Lab will open in November. The interactive programming space is another new museum experience made possible through CMC’s $112 million Champion More Curiosity campaign.


About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized, award-winning institution housed in a National Historic Landmark. CMC is a vital community resource that sparks curiosity, inspiration, epiphany and dialogue. 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, one of a select few museums in the nation to receive both honors. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Children’s Museum, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, Cincinnati History Library and Archives and the Geier Collections and Research Center. Housed in historic Union Terminal – a National Historic Landmark restored in 2018 and recognized as the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects – CMC welcomes more than 1.8 million visits annually, making it one of the most visited museums in the country. For more information, visit