Museums and Galleries (Self Guided), Cincinnati

The museums of Cincinnati are among the best in the region. You can even visit four museums in one at the Cincinnati Museum Center located at Union Terminal. Take this tour to explore Cincinnati's valuable historic and modern treasures.
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Museums and Galleries Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: USA » Cincinnati (See other walking tours in Cincinnati)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 Km or 4.7 Miles
Author: Eveline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Taft Museum of Art
  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • ArtWorks Gallery
  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
  • John Hauck House Museum
Cincinnati Art Museum

1) Cincinnati Art Museum (must see)

The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States. Founded in 1881, it was the first purpose-built art museum west of the Alleghenies. Its collection of over 60,000 works make it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Midwest.

Museum founders debated locating the museum in either Burnett Woods, Eden Park, or downtown Cincinnati on Washington Square. Charles West, the major donor of the early museum, cast his votes in favor of Eden Park sealing its final location. The Romanesque-revival building designed by Cincinnati architect James W. McLaughlin opened in 1886.

In 2003, a major addition, The Cincinnati Wing was added to house a permanent exhibit of art created for Cincinnati or by Cincinnati artists since 1788. The Cincinnati Wing includes fifteen new galleries covering 18,000 square feet of well-appointed space, and 400 objects. The Odoardo Fantacchiotti angels are two of the largest pieces in the collection. The Cincinnati Wing also contains the work of Frank Duveneck, Rookwood Pottery, Robert Scott Duncanson Mitchell and Rammelsberg and a tall case clock by Luman Watson.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm; Thursday: 11am – 8pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Taft Museum of Art

2) Taft Museum of Art (must see)

The Taft Museum of Art, built around 1820, is known as one of the finest small art museums in America. The museum's collection includes European paintings by artists such as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Thomas Gainsborough, Frans Hals, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, and Adriaen van Ostade, as well as 19th-century American paintings, including the famous murals by Robert Duncanson. Also on display are Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts, Limoges enamels, watches, sculptures, and furniture.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

3) Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum (must see)

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the career of former Cincinnati Reds players, managers and front-office executives. You can learn about the history of the team from the beginning to present achievements and see unique objects, such as World Series trophies (from 1975, 1976 and 1990).
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

4) National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (must see)

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum in downtown Cincinnati that focuses on the history of the Underground Railroad. After ten years of planning and fund-raising, the 110-million-dollar Freedom Center opened to the public on August 3, 2004. Being a museum of conscience, it offers lessons on the struggle for freedom in the past, present, and future and attempts to challenge visitors to contemplate the meaning of freedom in their own lives. Its location recognizes the significant role Cincinnati played in the history of the Underground Railroad, as thousands of slaves escaped to freedom by crossing the Ohio River.

Operation hours: Sunday-Monday noon to 5:00 p.m Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Contemporary Arts Center

5) Contemporary Arts Center

The CAC is a ground-breaking contemporary art museum. It was opened in 1939, being located in a six-story building, a fascinating artwork by itself. The center is well-known for thought-provoking and original works, and for focusing on new developments in sculpture, photography, architecture, and new media. It displays "the art of the last five minutes", promoting artists in their early careers.

Operation hours: Saturday–Monday 10 am–4 pm; Wednesday–Friday 10 am–9 pm.
ArtWorks Gallery

6) ArtWorks Gallery

ArtWorks Gallery is a non-profit gallery founded in October 2003 in downtown Cincinnati. The mission of ArtWorks is to unite artists of all ages and to give them the opportunity to exhibit their work and to develop their careers. The gallery organizes 8-10 exhibitions annually.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

7) Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (must see)

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, originally Cincinnati Union Terminal, is a passenger railroad station in the Queensgate neighborhood of Cincinnati. After the decline of railroad travel, the building was converted to serve other purposes, and it now houses museums, theaters, and a library. The principal architects of the massive building were Alfred T. Fellheimer and Steward Wagner, with architects Paul Philippe Cret and Roland Wank brought in as design consultants. Cincinnati was a major center of railroad traffic in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially as an interchange point between railroads serving the Northeastern and Midwestern states. The museum center opened in 1990 and houses six institutions: the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family Omnimax Theater, the Cincinnati Historical Society Library, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, and the Cincinnati Railroad Club.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
John Hauck House Museum

8) John Hauck House Museum

The John Hauck House Museum is an Italianate mansion located on Dayton Street. The Hauck House has a striking facade of carved stone, and the spacious rooms have intricately painted ceilings, floors of parquet wood, marble mantels, and elaborate woodwork. John Hauck was a German immigrant who rose to prominence in the area as one of Cincinnati’s famous brewers. The museum was established to promote an understanding of daily life and customs in late 19th-century urban Cincinnati through the preservation and interpretation of the Hauck House. The museum is open by appointment only.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Cincinnati, Ohio

Create Your Own Walk in Cincinnati

Create Your Own Walk in Cincinnati

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cincinnati is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Cincinnati is known as "The Paris of America" due to the architectural and historical significance of many of its parishes. Cincinnati possesses some fine examples of churches built after World War II. Take a couple of hours on this tour to discover the beauty of Cincinnati's churches and cathedrals.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Eden Park Tour

Eden Park Tour

Eden Park is undoubtedly the most popular park in Cincinnati. This large outdoor area blends culture, history and architecture in one stunning location. Eden Park is home to a number of famous city landmarks, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Park Water Tower, Krohn Conservatory and more. Take your family on this tour to experience the most beautiful park in Cincinnati.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Cincinnati's Historical Buildings

Cincinnati's Historical Buildings

Cincinnati has a long history as a prosperous commercial center. Today, the city is home to a variety of historic buildings, including German homes, French cathedrals and remarkable 19th-century mansions. Visit such notable landmarks as St. Paul Church and Elsinore Arch on this self guided tour to better appreciate Cincinnati's history.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Cincinnati Introduction Walk

Cincinnati Introduction Walk

Cincinnati is known as the first boom-town in U.S. and the first purely American inland city. The city boasts a top-notch zoo and aquarium, unique and walkable neighborhoods, a riverfront with clubs, shopping, and chili restaurants than any other city in the world. It also houses major sports teams including the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. Visit it and enjoy its blooming arts...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District

Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District

Over-the-Rhine, which comprises the north downtown area of Cincinnati, is one of the largest historic districts registered with the National Register of Historic Places. The area is well known for its 19th-century Italianate architecture. Over the years, it has remained the heart of the city's German-American community. Take this tour to explore one of Cincinnati's most fascinating...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles