Adults-only party at the museum is back at Cincinnati Museum Center Nov. 3

Layers of Discovery early bird tickets available now

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati’s adults-only night at the museum is back November 3. Now in its fourth year, Cincinnati Museum Center’s Layers series once again invites you to drink with the dinosaurs, dine on the deck of the Queen of the West and dance with the dire wolves. The upcoming Layers of Discovery, presented by Atomic Data, invites you to grab a drink, raise a toast to discovery and explore every nook and cranny of Cincinnati Museum Center for an incredible night at the museum.

From custom cocktails and creative culinary concoctions to electrifying experiments and explosive spectacles, Layers of Discovery is the boozy, tasty field trip of your dreams. And, with a live DJ all night, the event will be a thrill for all five senses. Plus, celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Children’s Museum by splashing through the Water Works, operating some not-so-heavy machinery in Construction Zone and seeing if you still fit in the tunnels of The Woods.

“Everyone wants to know what happens in the museum after hours. This is your chance to find out,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president & CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Layers of Discovery encourages you to work your way through the layers of our building, through the layers of our content and to discover a museum you thought you knew but turns out is even cooler than you remember. And to do it all with a drink in your hand.”

Proceeds from CMC’s Layers series support the museum’s $112 million Champion More Curiosity campaign to reimagine the museum experience with 15 new and updated exhibits and programming while also growing its endowment to secure the museum’s future. The event has continued to grow each year, in both attendance and in the proceeds raised for the museum’s campaign. 2022’s Layers event raised over $250,000 and welcomed 750 guests.

The latest success of the Champion More Curiosity campaign will be freshly on display as Ancient Worlds Hiding in Plain Sight prepares to open in the Museum of Natural History & Science in time for Layers of Discovery. The gallery – the 12th completed through the campaign – will transport you back in time 450 million years to the Ordovician Period, where an ancient tropical sea once covered the region. Explore a strange array of marine animals that thrived in the prehistoric sea and now lay hidden in the rocks and creek beds across the region, including trilobites, crinoids and brachiopods. And meet some of the fierce predators that patrolled the deep as you come face-to-face with the massive jaws of the armored Dunkleosteus. Ancient Worlds Hiding in Plain Sight is sure to be one of your many stops in your evening of discovery.

Revel in the spectacles and culinary experiences, party with paleontologists and relive memories of field trips past as you enjoy an unforgettable night at the museum.

All-inclusive general admission tickets are $225, but early bird tickets are available now for $175 through October 4. Host/hostess packages are also available for $500, which include two VIP tickets with one-hour early admission and an exclusive VIP experience. Sponsorship opportunities and ticket packages are also available at

Experience and food vendors for Layers of Discovery include Abigail Street, Beards & Bellies Barbecue, Brain Brew Custom Whiskey, Bru Brothers Coffee, Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck, Gabby’s Café, DiStasi Catering, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Graeters’s, Grub Local, Holtman’s Donuts, Honey Child Pops, Ignite Entertainment, La Soupe, The Living Breathing Kitchen, Louvino, Mazunte, Mixicles. Murray’s Cheeses, Pata Roja Taqueria, Red Feather Kitchen, Red Sesame, Rhinegeist Brewery, Rivertown Photo Booths, Rollin’ Bowls, Shagbark Seed & Mill, Southern Grace Catering and Sweets & Meats BBQ.

Layers of Discovery, presented by Atomic Data, is sponsored by The BMW Store, Boerger Consulting, Dinsmore& Shohl LLP, ESI Electrical Contractors, Fenton Rigging, the Hauser Group, the Kroger Company, PNC Bank and Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP.


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