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


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 Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 407-7045

Gallery at Gumbo


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 Avenue, 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 Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 621-5553

1305 Gallery


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

Address: 1305 Main Street, 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 Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 621-2787

Art Academy of Cincinnati Galleries


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 Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 562-6262

Art Beyond Boundaries


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

Address: 1410 Main Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 421-8726



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 Parkway, 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 Street, 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 Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 808-8167

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 Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 315-4622

Carew Tower

Central Business District

Carew Tower is a 49-story Art Deco building in the heart of downtown, home to 25 shops, restaurants, and other amenities including the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and offices. Streetcar Stop #18: Fountain Square

Address: 441 Vine Street, 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 Street, Cincinnati OH 45214

Phone: (513) 621-0069

Cincinnati Art Galleries

Central Business District

A Fine Art Gallery featuring 19th and 20th century American and European paintings with a special emphasis on the Cincinnati School Painters. In addition we showcase a select group of contemporary artists who we believe are among the finest contemporary artists working today featuring Brian Burt, Mark Daly, Susan Harrell, Ray Hassard, Kevin T. Kelly, Keith Klein, Kate Lackman, Richard Luschek, M. Katherine Hurley, and Leslie Shiels. "Golden Age"artists such as Robert F. Blum, Victor Casinelli, Frank Duveneck, Henry Farny, John Hauser, James R. Hopkins, E.T. Hurley, Charles S. Kaelin, Thomas C. Lindsay, Caroline A. Lord, L.H. Meakin, Charles Meurer, Henry Mosler, Frank Myers, Elizabeth Nourse, Edward H. Potthast, Dixie Selden, Joseph H. Sharp, William L. Sonntag, John H. Twachtman, L.C. Vogt, Edward C. Volkert, John E. Weis and Bessie and Herman Wessel will continue to be a part of gallery exhibitions. Cincinnati Art Galleries continues to maintain the tradition of fundraising (from the annual "Panorama" exhibition in December) for local arts organizations including: Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum of Art, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Email: Streetcar Stop #3: Richter & Phillips station, 6th & Main

Address: 225 E. Sixth Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 381-2128

Cincinnati Arts Association

Central Business District

Founded in 1992, the CAA is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of two major performing arts venues, the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall, and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. The CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves 700,000+ people in its venues; features local, regional, and national artists' works in the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff; and supports the work of one dozen+ resident companies, including the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony / Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Opera, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati, and more. Since 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.2 million students through its arts education programs. Venues are available for special events. Ticket and event info is on the website, at CAA Ticket Offices in the Aronoff Center, Music Hall, or (513) 621-2787. Streetcar Stop #17: The Aronoff Center

Address: 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 721-3344