Cincinnati Arts are well represented by the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts, Ensemble Theater and much more.
Cincinnati Art Museum
DESCRIPTION: This esteemed museum is ranked as a Top 10 Fine Art Museum in America. Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning over 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year. Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions or participate in the museum’s wide range of art-related programs, activities and special events. Exclusive group tours are available.
ADMISSION: General admission is FREE. Special exhibition ticket pricing varies.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue–Wed and Fri-Sun 11a–5p, Thu 11a–8p
ADDRESS: 953 Eden Park Drive; Cincinnati, OH
PHONE: 513-721-5204 or 513-639-2984
Cincinnati Museum Center
DESCRIPTION: Three museums in one train station: Cincinnati History Museum explores Cincinnati’s rich heritage in re-created scenes; Duke Energy Children’s Museum has action-packed hands-on fun for kids of all ages; at the Museum of Natural History & Science you’ll learn about the creatures and features of the ancient Ohio River Valley and the sciences that shaped them; Lindner OMNIMAX Theater carries the latest IMAX movies and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library round out this robust collection of attractions.
ADMISSION: ticket price varies by combination of venues you visit
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 11a-6p
ADDRESS: Union Terminal at 1301 Western Avenue; Cincinnati, OH
PARKING: $6 per vehicle
PHONE: 513-287-7000 or 800-733-2077
Contemporary Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: Located in the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, the CAC makes an inextricable links between life and contemporary art by providing a space for reflection and dialogue, where the public can engage with artists, scholars, and each other around contemporary issues. The Vance Education Center: The UnMuseum® also offers unique children’s programming and fun for the whole family by letting hem experience and interpret works of art on a multitude of levels to serve the needs of wide audiences, including hands-on art projects, school tours, after-school clubs, and family days; wheelchair accessible.
ADMISSION: relatively inexpensive, but prices very
DAYS & HOURS: Mon 10a-9p, Wed-Fri 10a-6p, Sat-Sun 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 44 East Sixth Street; Cincinnati, OH
PARKING: several garages nearby
Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts
DESCRIPTION: Designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, this state-of-the-art venue contains three stunning performance spaces: Procter & Gamble Hall seats 2,719; Jarson-Kaplan Theater seats 437, and Fifth Third Bank Theater is the most intimate venue seating up to 280. The venue also features the Weston Art Gallery, hosts of numerous national and regional touring art shows in the Backstage Entertainment District.
BOX OFFICE: best to purchase online or 2 hours before the event
ADDRESS: 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH
PARKING: 6,000 paid parking spaces in a 2 block radius
Riverbend Music Center & PNC Pavilion
DESCRIPTION: These two amphitheatres offer a full schedule of music and entertainment from May through September; Blues, Jazz, R&B, and Hip-Hop artists often perform here, so you should check the venue’s calendar before visiting.
BOX OFFICE: at the main gate, Mon-Fri 11a-6p, Sat 10a-2p and additional hours on show days
ADDRESS: summer home of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Cincinnati, OH
PARKING: on-site; parking fee are included in the ticket price for most events
Cincinnati Music Hall
DESCRIPTION: This massive and historic venue is judged to be among the best concert theaters in the world; built in 1878 this Cincinnati showpiece has been renovated to remain the region’s premier venue for all types of music and seat 3,516 patrons; make a special effort to see Jazz, Blues or R&B artist is performing here to experience the marble floors, sculpted ceilings and tremendous sounds within this grand old lady.
BOX OFFICE: best to purchase online or 2 hours before the event
ADDRESS: 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH
PARKING: features thousands of paid parking spaces in a 2 block radius
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1986 and moved to this location in 1988, this professional theater is dedicated to producing new plays before they open in NYC, Toronto or LA. It also presents a wide range of regional plays and has the distinction of being the first theatre in the nation to present plays while they were still running on Broadway. Its productions include the Tony Award Winning Side Man, The Guys, Underneath the Lintel, and the Pulitzer Prize Winning Dinner With Friends
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-5p, and 2 hours prior to performances; weekend hours vary.
ADDRESS: 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH
PARKING: 12th Street garage is nearby
Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: A 17,000 square foot venue located in a former Andrew Carnegie library with an adjoining theatre, both over 100 years old; now home to an award-winning art gallery and the renovated 465-seat Otto Budig Theatre; the Carnegie provides arts exhibitions, theatre events and arts education programming in its 2,400 square foot education center.
BOX OFFICE: Tuesday- Friday 12p-5p and 2 hours prior to performances
ADDRESS: 1028 Scott Blvd; Covington, KY
PARKING: surrounded by parking lots
Heritage Village Museum
DESCRIPTION: Conveniently located inside Sharon Woods Park in Sharonville, Ohio about 20 minutes drive from downtown, Heritage Village offers a guided tour of early Ohio as interpreters guide you through our picturesque country village of 11 different buildings. In June they present a Cincinnati Runaway Slave Participatory Drama where you are invited to take on a new persona and become a group of runaways traveling under the guise of a church choir. Throughout the 90-minute experience you are led by dramatically portrayed Mr. and Mrs. John Hatfield, Black abolitionists, by lanterns along small pathways and wide-open fields to escape a local slave catcher.
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat Noon-4p, Sun 1p-5p
PARKING: Free on-site
ADDRESS: Sharon Woods Park; Sharonville, OH
DESCRIPTION: Presents a “walk through history” design by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 65,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life.
ADMISSION: Age 13-59 $22, Age 5-12 $12, Age 4and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-6p, Sat 9a-6p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road; Petersburg, KY