Explore the Museum of Natural History & Science

Dinosaur Hall

Dinosaur Hall features incredible, awe-inspiring specimens you won’t find anywhere else and utilizes our globally-significant fossil collections to explore dinosaur evolution, ecology and biology.

Science Interactives Gallery

Ever wondered how a tornado forms, how you can lift your weight or what happens when push comes to pull? Find out in the new Science Interactives Gallery, and try your hand at experiments for all ages! The Science Interactives is now open in the Museum of Natural History & Science.

The Austin E. Knowlton
Foundation Science Stage

Join us every day as we bring science to life! Science Live! Stage Shows explore scientific concepts such as electricity, chemistry and physics in easily understandable (and often explosive) ways.

The Cave

In The Cave, guests can pick their adventure: choose between beginner and advanced expeditions and feel the chill as you dip below ground and follow the flow of water as it carves formations through 500 feet of twists and turns!

Neil Armstrong Space
Exploration Gallery

The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery, presented by the Harold C. Schott Foundation, celebrates the legacy of the historic Apollo 11 mission. This exhibit features a 360° theater experience and artifacts that can only be seen in Cincinnati!

Ice Age Gallery

Come face-to-face with a mastodon, giant sloth and dire wolves as you explore Pleistocene Cincinnati through an ice cave and immersive trail.

John A. and Judy Ruthven
Get Into Nature Gallery

The 20,000-acre Richard & Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System comes to the heart of Cincinnati as you see, hear, touch and smell the wild world around you.

Ancient Worlds Hiding in
Plain Sight

Built on the strength of our world-renowned fossil collection, this gallery will take you through over 150 million years of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky’s exciting geologic past.

Advancing Health, presented by
Mayfield Brain & Spine

Discover how Cincinnati innovates, meet health care providers and the patients they serve. Through hands-on and digital experiences, discover how bodies work, and the innovations and interventions we rely on when they don't. Explore the factors that contribute to overall wellness in Cincinnati-area communities. Presented by Mayfield Brain & Spine.


Get started in STEM, or go deeper than you have time for in school, by visiting the museum's STEM Lab.


Just thirty years after the founding of Cincinnati, physician and scientist Daniel Drake founded the Western Museum in 1818 and hired naturalist John James Audubon as its first employee. In 1835 Drake established the Western Academy of Natural Sciences, incorporating the collections of the Western Museum. After the Civil War, this organization evolved into the Cincinnati Society of Natural History. The Society continued to grow in sophistication, adding to its collections and expanding its staff.

After nearly a century as a tenant in various downtown buildings, the museum moved into its own home on Gilbert Avenue in Eden Park in 1958. Here it distinguished itself by creating a widely-adopted educational program where hundreds of museum exhibit cases rotated through the Cincinnati public school system, reaching thousands of students weekly in their classrooms. Attendance and membership continued to grow until the museum moved to Union Terminal in 1990. Today it attracts more than 1.5 million guests every year.