Arts & Culture

Cultivate Curiosity

Downtown districts are home to renowned museums, great theaters and a flagship city library. Visit the epicenter for the inquisitive.

 

 

Pictured: Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Play Library

Over-the-Rhine

Play Library is just like a regular library but instead of books, we lend games and toys. Designed for kids and adults, Play Library's goal is to connect families, friends and communities through play. We offer over 1,000 games and toys including: game night games, gamer-y games, toys of all kinds, seasonal outdoor sports equipment and event rentals like giant Jenga, Big Wheels. Permanent Cincinnati Toy History Museum on-site. Host birthday parties, baby showers and creative off-site meetings. Streetcar Stop #9: Liberty & Elm

Address: 1517 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 407-7045

Gallery at Gumbo

Over-the-Rhine

Both an art gallery and barbershop, Gallery at Gumbo is a staple in the community - a place that embraces traditional barbershop values (the hub for honest, transparent and respectful conversations) while injecting an intentionally diverse perspective allowing us a fair chance to learn, engage and unite. The gallery is dedicated to the diverse works of Cincinnati artists who create for the greater good of humanity.

Address: 1300 Main Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Located in an historic Art Deco train station built in 1933, Cincinnati Museum Center offers special exhibitions and houses the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Cincinnati Historical Society Library and the Omnimax Theater. Admission can be purchased for individual attractions, or combination discounts are available.

Address: 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 287-7000

Cincinnati Fire Museum

Central Business District

Over 200 years of firefighting history on display, including exhibits of early leather fire buckets, an 1808 fire drum, the oldest surviving fire engine in Cincinnati, a Hunneman hand pumper up to a modern Emergency-One fire engine cab and a house to try out safety practices. The Fire Museum can also be a setting for special events.

Address: 315 W. Court St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 621-5553

1305 Gallery

Over-the-Rhine

Open for Final Friday Gallery Walk. Works by local artists. Streetcar Stop #6: Hanke Exchange Station, 12th & Main

Address: 1305 Main St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 383-6815

Aronoff Center for The Arts

Central Business District

Home to performances by a variety of resident companies, including the Cincinnati Ballet, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati, among others, and houses the Procter & Gamble Hall, the Jarson-Kaplan Theater,the Fifth Third Bank Theater, the Weston Art Gallery, meeting and reception rooms and rehearsal space.

Address: 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 621-2787

Art Academy of Cincinnati Galleries

Over-the-Rhine

Public galleries at the Art Academy, an independent college of art and design. Open for Final Friday Gallery Walk. Streetcar Stop #7: 12th & Vine

Address: 1212 Jackson St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 562-6262

Art Beyond Boundaries

Over-the-Rhine

A visual art gallery showcasing the work of local artists with disabilities. Open for Final Friday Gallery Walk.

Address: 1410 Main St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 421-8726

ArtWorks

Over-the-Rhine

tWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise. ArtWorks is the largest visual arts employer in the region. To date, ArtWorks has hired over 3,000 area youth, 2,000 professional local artists, and trained nearly 300 creative entrepreneurs. Streetcar Stop #15: Central Parkway

Address: 20 E. Central Pkwy., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 333-0388

Ballroom at the Taft

Central Business District

Opened in March 2012 in the lower level of the Taft Theatre, the Ballroom is a showcase style club venue for live entertainment events of all types. Streetcar Stop #2: 4th and Main

Address: 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 232-6220

Banz Studios

Central Business District

Banz Studios offers an exceptional selection of regional and national artwork in all mediums, including paintings, glass, metal, photography and sculpture. Banz Studio is also an event venue, offering stunning rooftop views of the Downtown Cincinnnati skyline.

Address: 421 McFarland St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 808-8167

Betts House, The

The West End

Built in 1804, it is Ohio's oldest brick house and it promotes the study of building materials and historic preservation through special exhibits and public programs. Tours of the house showcase its history and construction.

Address: 416 Clark St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 651-0734

Broadway in Cincinnati

Central Business District

Presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays such as Wicked, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia and more, year-round at the Aronoff Center. Subscriptions and single tickets available. Streetcar Stop #17: The Aronoff Center

Address: 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 241-2345

Bromwell’s Gallery

Central Business District

Gallery located inside Bromwell's showcasing featured artists through openings, tours, private showings, artist lectures and promotional events. Streetcar Stop #18: Fountain Square

Address: 117 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 315-4622

Carew Tower Observation Deck & Gift Shop

Central Business District

At the top of Cincinnati's tallest building, a chance to buy souvenirs and take a look at the surrounding territory. Observation deck: Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Rates: $6, Adult and $3, Child Cash only. Streetcar Stop #18: Fountain Square

Address: 441 Vine St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 579-9735

Carl Solway Gallery

Findlay Market

Founded in 1962, this gallery exhibits contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, graphics and video. Adjacent free and secure parking lot.

Address: 424 Findlay St., Cincinnati OH 45214

Phone: (513) 621-0069