Cincinnati's adults-only party at the museum returns November 4

Layers of Nature early bird tickets available now

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati’s annual adults-only night at the museum is back November 4. For its third-annual Layers event, Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is inviting you to enjoy a chilled cocktail in the Ice Age Gallery, dine with the dinosaurs and be one of the first to experience its upcoming nature-inspired gallery as you explore every nook and cranny of the museum after hours during Layers of Nature. All proceeds from the November 4 Layers of Nature event support CMC’s Champion More Curiosity campaign. Discounted early bird tickets are available now.

View of a highlight of 2021’s Layers of Creativity

With bars on every level, a variety of delicacies from the city’s culinary experts and nature-inspired décor throughout the Rotunda, Layers of Nature guests will enjoy exclusive after-hours access as they dine, drink and explore across the museum. Walk under the treetops of CMC’s newest permanent exhibit, the John A. and Judy Ruthven Get Into Nature gallery. Embrace your inner carnivore or herbivore as you graze in the shadow of dinosaurs. And immerse yourself in vibrant landscape paintings that pair perfectly with a floral cocktail.

“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 Nature is our celebration of the world around us in all its wild, rugged beauty. In that spirit we’re curating an evening of vibrant revelry while supporting exhibits and experiences for the next generation of nature enthusiasts and stewards of our environment”

This year, you can explore your favorite exhibits and discover two new additions, all with a drink in your hand. The John A. and Judy Ruthven Get Into Nature Gallery (opening this fall) brings the incredible biodiversity of the 20,000-acre Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System from Adams County to Union Terminal, immersing you in the sights, sounds and scents of the forest. The Made in Cincinnati gallery (opening July 1) introduces the makers, inventors and innovators who have built Cincinnati from Porkopolis to the Queen of the West to the modern tech hub of tomorrow. The OMNIMAX ®Theater will be available all night for those seeking that elementary school field trip thrill. America’s Epic Treasures featuring Preternatural by Michael Scott and its 33 large-scale landscape murals will also be open for Layers of Nature.

The Chuck Taylors will be performing all night and Brain Brew Custom Whiskey will offer curated bourbon tastings. Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck will let you create your own nature-inspired accent piece and a 360-degree photo booth will give you the runway to show it off.

A series of explosive spectacles, live animal encounters, conversations with curators and paleontologists and other surprises will make for one unforgettable night at the museum. Catch up with old friends and make new ones as you relive memories of field trips past and revel in culinary and cocktail excellence.

Layers of Nature is Friday, November 4 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. All-inclusive general admission tickets are $225. Early bird tickets are available for $175 through October 7. Host/Hostess packages are available for $500 and includes two VIP tickets with one-hour early admission and exclusive food by Jeff Ruby’s Culinary Entertainment and Ruby’s Chocolates, a mixology experience with Molly Wellmann featuring Big Ice and live music.

Experience and food vendors for Layers of Nature include Abigail Street, Gabby’s Café, DiStasi Catering, Forever Flowers, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Holtman’s Donuts, LaSoupe, The Living Breathing Kitchen, Mazunte, Mixicles, Murray’s Cheeses, Rhinegeist Brewery, Rollin’ Bowls, Skyline Chili, SSA Group, Sweet Meats & BBQ and Southern Grace Catering. VIP vendors include Jeff Ruby’s Culinary Experience, Ruby’s Chocolates, Big Ice and Molly Wellmann.

Layers of Nature is sponsored by The BMW Store; Cincinnati Mini; Boerger Consulting; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; the Kroger Company; PNC Bank; RCF Group; Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Daytona Tortugas; United Dairy Farmers; and Susan Esler & Steven Skibo.

CMC’s $110 million Champion More Curiosity campaign is reimagining the museum’s exhibits and programming and growing its endowment to secure the museum’s future. CMC is seeking community support to ensure CMC continues to be a place of growth, learning and inspiration. To donate or learn more about Champion More Curiosity, visit


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, Duke Energy 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

About Champion More Curiosity
The $110 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