Want to bring the excitement of Cincinnati Museum Center directly to your location? Our Programs-on-Wheels bring educational and entertaining lessons in a wide variety of topics to you!
• Designed for grades 1 through 12.
• Available Sunday through Saturday.
• Programs last 60 minutes.
• Maximum 30 students per program.
• Changes to scheduled activities or numbers less than 2 business days before the program or the day of the program may result in the suspension of visiting privileges or grant eligibility.
• Failure to cancel your reservation prior to our arrival is subject to a charge of 100% of the total reservation.
• Book as far in advance as possible. Reservations for programs close two weeks out.
• Payment by credit card, check or purchase order is required 2 weeks before the program. Programs are subject to reschedule if payment has not been received by that time.
• All programs require 15-45 minutes of set-up and take-down.
• Consecutive programs booked on the same day should be scheduled with at least 15 minutes between programs.
• Confirmation materials are emailed at the time of reservation.
ABC: Arches, Bridges, and Construction
Work in teams to build arches, a suspension bridge and a truss bridge you can actually crawl across. Learn what makes bridges work - anchors, beams and compression. Explore the concepts of live load, dead load and environmental stress.
Animal Identification: The Science of Skulls
Who's there? Use clues such as skull size, shape, type and number of teeth and eye placement to identify a variety of Ohio mammals using their skulls and a dichotomous key. The activities within this program provide a great introduction to the science of classification. Program available in.
Archaeology of Ohio's Native Peoples
How do we know what we know about the past? Gain an introduction to the major cultural groups of Ohio's prehistory while practicing techniques such as stratigraphy, quadrant mapping and flotation analysis that archaeologists use to gather information about past civilizations.
Awesome Animal Adaptations
Explore animal habitats and adaptations. Meet and touch live animals that may include a bat, snake, box turtle, tarantula, hedgehog and/or hissing cockroaches. Learn about and handle unique items from our collections such as baleen, pronghorn antelope fur and armadillo armor. Program available in.
Walk like a bat! Fly like a bat! Meet a native bat and explore echolocation to understand how it works and hear what it sounds like. Learn about these truly amazing yet misunderstood animals through a slide presentation, game, artifacts and more. Program available in.
Chemistry in Your Hands
Heat it up and cool it down! See and feel the evidence of physical versus chemical change. Watch your experiments change color as you create acids and bases. Learn chemistry basics and practice lab safety. Beware — the results you take home may be slimy! Program available in.
Coral: A Colorful Community
Grades Pre-K - 3
Learn what coral is, where it lives, what it eats and how it protects itself. Explore real coral skeletons, role play a coral polyp and view pictures of some of the creatures that live in a coral reef. Make a coral reef habitat come to life with beautiful puppets. Program available in.
Digging for Dinosaurs*
Uncover fossils on a mock paleontological dinosaur dig. Discuss Cincinnati’s world-famous Ordovician fossils, learn how fossils are formed and unearth how to differentiate them from rock. Touchable fossils from dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, raptors and more make this program a junior paleontologist’s dream! Program available in.
Using a story, step-by-step instructions and colorful construction kits, solve problems by building working machines. Put STEM skills to use while having fun with various engineering concepts. If time permits, design and showcase a problem-solving invention of your own.
Evolution of Diversity: A History of Earth's Changes
Investigate how land masses moved and shifted through time. Explore a timeline of major species evolution and extinction events. Learn about local ancient creatures, the habitat in which they lived and their adaptations. Examine an Ordovician period diorama and fossil specimens from museum collections. Program can accommodate adult audiences. Call for details. Program available in.
Experimenting with Physical Science
What shapes do bubbles take? Does sound vibrate? Explore bubbles, sound, electricity, magnets, motion, light, color, mirrors and optical illusions in this inquiry-based program. Create hypotheses, perform experiments, draw conclusions and share your discoveries. Program available in.
Exploring Nano Science
From clothing to household products and computers, nanotechnology is all around us. But what is nanoscience? It’s science on the scale of the nanometer, which is just one billionth of a meter! Even though we can’t see these tiny structures, we will perform up to six experiments to explore the unique behavior of atoms and molecules on the nano-scale. Strong reading skills are necessary for this program. Program available in.
Animals aren't the only ones with amazing adaptations: plants are masters of survival as well! Tour the plant life cycle with posters and hands-on activities, focusing on the unique way plants disperse their seeds, attract pollinators, manufacture food and thrive in difficult times. Learn about parts of a plant, photosynthesis, germination, pollination and more. Each student will leave with a planted seed of their own.
Forces of Nature
Investigate weather patterns and natural phenomena in a hands-on way. Model the power of earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes and lightening. Review the steps of the water cycle and understand the basics of seasonal weather. Program available in.
Forensics: The Science of Crime
Analyze human skull replicas to determine the gender and ethnicity of a fictional victim. Combine clues from the skull with crime scene evidence to determine the identity of a missing person and speculate as to the cause of death. Program can be expanded to include human evolution. Call for details. Program available in.
Transform into a geologist for the day! Learn all about rocks and minerals while viewing and handling impressive specimens from our collections. Examine and classify specimens to learn their true identity, then test your knowledge of everyday uses of minerals. Program available in.
Impact of Inventions
Many inventors, like Benjamin Banneker, Garrett Morgan, Eli Whitney, George Washington Carver and Patricia Bath, have created items that changed our daily lives. Use a timeline, experiments, hands-on activities and role playing to investigate the impact of their inventions and others, on the past, present and future of our world. Program available in.
Get up close and personal with the creatures that make up Earth’s largest group of animals. Learn the characteristics of insects, see the world through the eyes of a fly and learn amazing facts about insect defense, including camouflage and mimicry. See and touch live insects and mounted insect specimens from across the globe. Program available in.
Superheroes of STEMville
Calling all engineer heroes of the future! The citizens of STEMville need your engineering and math skills to solve a crime, divert a city-wide disaster or save the community from an unknown environmental hazard. Should you accept, be prepared to quickly engage your STEM skills to successfully create, test and solve for the challenge. Program available in.
The Best of Biology
Work with Cincinnati Museum Center collection items and apply concepts of adaptation, taxonomy and genetics to the natural world. Investigate similarities between phenotype and genotype.
The Reasons for the Seasons
Using globes, rotate and revolve your way to learning about the seasons and understanding why summer is warmer and winter is colder. Create the sounds of spring and explore seasonal camouflage with mounted animal specimens from our collections. Win a wintry prize if you can identify animal visitors from their scat and tracks left behind. Program available in.
Tour the Solar System
Soar through the solar system with recent slide images from Mercury, Neptune and beyond. Touch real meteorites and rocks like the ones found on our Moon. Visualize the distance between planets and observe the crushing effects of air pressure!
Learn how canals, streetcars and inclines impacted the growth of Cincinnati from the 1820s through the 1950s. Learn a period folksong, load goods on a mock canal boat, experience one of Cincinnati's five inclines and view historical photographs of these forms of transportation. Program available in.
Meet the science that allows us to unlock the secrets of past civilizations. Participate in hands-on demonstrations of archeological techniques, explore a mock excavation site from Egypt and learn to identify a culture based on the artifacts discovered. Program available in.
Explore how geographic factors kept Cincinnatians confined to the downtown basin and learn why our city remained a walking city longer than most. Use a two-by-three-foot period map, map key, advertisements and illustrations to perform a series of tasks that help you understand what life was like in 1863 Cincinnati. Program available in.
Your Heart, Your Blood, Your Health
Learn how the heart is packaged, the way it works, the way it sounds, to which system it belongs and what it pumps. Get a closer look at capillaries, run a little race, test your food group knowledge and identify some giant microbes.
* Program requires a large open space.
Valerie Horobik, Manager, Programs-on-Wheels
(513) 287-7000 ext. 7166
Karen Venetian, Director, Programs-on-Wheels
(513) 287-7000 ext. 7204
Pricing and reservations
Call (513) 287-7021 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., for more information or to book your program.
2 programs: $300
3 programs: $420
4 programs: $540
5 programs: $650
6 programs: $750
*Same program, same day
* Same program, same day
Send us your photos!
If you send us a high-resolution photo of a Museum Center Learning Lab or Programs-on-Wheels program that was presented in your classroom, and we decide to use your photo for publication, we'll give you one FREE Learning Lab or Programs-on-Wheels program! Email your photos, your name, name of your school, program title and program date to:
Please note: to be considered for publication, all photos must be sent with for all non-Museum Center individuals in the photo. If the photo subject is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign the release. If your school has photo releases for each student on file, you do not need to submit a photo release form, just make a note that the school has permission on file.