Quench Your Quest for Culture

Quench Your Quest for Culture

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Got Culture? If you live in Cincinnati, the answer is definitely yes! From museums to theaters, to a fresh-air market and phenomenal conservatory – anyone who complains there isn’t anything to do just doesn’t know about all the options available! To help you beat the blahs, Cincy Chic has compiled a list of local places to go and get your culture on. The best part is many of these places are under $10 to visit! Enjoy!

An outing to the museum makes a great date as well as a fun place to take the family. It’s also a great place to go on your own when you’re in a contemplative mood. You just can’t beat entertainment that’s educational! The following are great museums some that Cincinnati boasts:

 Museum Center at Union Terminal
Located in downtown Cincinnati, the Museum Center houses the Museum of Natural History and Science, Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Railroad Club, the Omnimax Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. You can literally spend all day here and then take a train out of town! The former hub of railroad activity still has an Amtrak station is located on its grounds. The Museum Center is an incredible nexus for history and learning. The controversial Bodies Exhibit runs through September. You can purchase a blanket admission to see all exhibits, or pay to visit them individually.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Varies
Location: 1301 Western Ave, 45203
Phone: (513) 287-7000

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center offers programming and exhibits related to the idea of freedom — but also has a concert theatre and space for special events. It’s located along the riverfront, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays
Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 children
Location: 50 E. Freedom Way, 45202
Phone: (513) 333-7500

Loveland Castle Museum
Who doesn’t love a haunted castle? Every October, this one is transformed into a haunted house. Enter if you dare!

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Admission: $3 adults, $2 children 12 and under
Location: 12025 Shore Dr., Loveland, OH 45140.
Phone: 513-683-4686
Contemporary Arts Center
For those that find traditional art too stuffy, the CAC is the cure. Innovative and interactive multimedia exhibits, an eclectic gift shop and architecture that inspires the imagination makes for an exciting way to feed the eyes!

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Tuesdays
Admission: Free after 5 p.m. on Monday, $7.50 Adults, $6.50 Seniors (65+), $5.50 Students w/ID, $4.50 Children (3-13), members and children under age 3 free
Location: 44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-345-8400

Cincinnati Art Museum

The largest art museum in Ohio, located in beautiful Eden Park, opened its doors in 1886. In addition to rooms and rooms of fantastic art, it offers a restaurant and hosts film screenings, concerts and special events such as One World Wednesdays.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, closed on Monday
Admission: Free!
Location: 953 Eden Park Dr., 45202
Phone: (513) 721-2787

Krohn Conservatory
Though not technically a museum, this Cincinnati treasure is home to more than 3,500 plant species from all over the world. It would make a perfect end to a stroll in idyllic Eden Park or a relaxing cap to a day at The Cincinnati Art Museum.


Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Admission: Free, donations are accepted
Location: 1501 Eden Park Drive, 45202
Phone: (513) 421-5707

Behringer-Crawford Museum
Devou Park in Covington has some of the best city views around. While you’re there, stop by this museum to learn about Kentucky history.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Mondays and holidays
Admission: $3 adults, $2 children (3-18) and seniors (56+), free for museum members
Location: 1600 Montague Rd., 41011
Phone: 859) 491-4003

What little (or big) boy wouldn’t want to see this? Learn about the history of fire fighting and modern fire fighting techniques. It’s definitely something different!


Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays.
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors (ages 55 and up), $4 children ages 2 to 12
Location: 315 W. Court St. 45202
Phone: (513) 621-5553

Dinsmore Homestead Foundation
For those of us who long for the pioneer days, this historic site contains a log cabin, family cemetery and a farmhouse constructed in 1842.


Hours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 1 until  December 15. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Call for group tours and special events.
Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors (ages 60 and up), $2 students (ages 7 to 17), Dinsmore Homestead Foundation members are admitted for free.
Location: 5656 Burlington Pike, 41005
Phone: (859) 586-6117


William Howard Taft National Historic Site
In addition to daily tours and exhibits, there are also special events to keep a lookout for.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Admission: Free!
Location: 2038 Auburn Ave., 45219
Phone: (513) 684-3262
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! This Cincinnati cultural staple has something for everyone.


Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Admission: $13 Adults (13-61), $8 Children (2-12),  $11 Seniors (62 or better)
Location: 3400 Vine St, 45220
Phone: (513) 751-2136
Newport Aquarium
If you’d rather see aquatic animals, then this is your place. It’s a whole new underwater world!


Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Admission: $18.95 adults, $11.95 children (ages 2 through 12)
Location: One Aquarium Way, 41071
Phone: (859) 261-7444
Cincinnati Music Hall
Gorgeous, historic Music Hall is the home of our very own Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, which, in addition to outstanding programming, also hosts a very impressive May Festival. You might also see our wonderful Cincinnati Ballet there.


Hours: Vary
Admission: Varies
Location: 1241 Elm St., 45202
Phone: (513) 744-3242
Findlay Market
Besides being a great place to get your groceries for the week, this is one of Cincinnati’s most famous institutions. It’s also the state’s oldest continuously operated public market and offers everything from eclectic little shops to community art projects and musical buskers.


Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Contact vendors for hours Monday and Tuesday.
Admission: Free!
Location: 1801 Race St., 45202
Phone: (513) 665-4839

Here’s another group of great places to check out:



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