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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
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Main (east) facade
Location1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a museum complex operating out of the Cincinnati Union Terminal in the Queensgate neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. It houses museums, theaters, a library, and a symphonic pipe organ, as well as special traveling exhibitions.


The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center occupies 12,000 square feet in the lower level and mezzanine of the terminal. The center moved to the space in January 2019, tripling the museum's exhibition space. [1]


The museum provides a home to six organizations:

The first exhibit shown in the terminal was U.S.S.R.: Individual, Family, Society in February 1988, in a cultural agreement between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. [2]


The museum center has a collection of materials relating to Union Terminal, including 14 of the architects' drawings of the terminal, the silver trowel used at the cornerstone laying in 1931, the gold key used by Cincinnati mayor Russell Wilson in dedicating the terminal in 1933, the dedication book published by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, a collection of Union Terminal and Western Hills viaduct photographs taken between 1929 and 1933, a collection of construction photographs, source photographs for the Winold Reiss murals that decorate Union Terminal, Cincinnati Union Terminal Company records for 1940-1963 and 1968-1972, menus from the restaurants housed at Union Terminal, and papers from Save the Terminal Inc. [3]

E.M. Skinner organ

The Grand E.M. Skinner Concert Organ

The Grand E.M. Skinner Concert Organ is a blend of two former instruments. The primary instrument was the Skinner Opus 660, which was installed at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in East Germantown, a neighborhood of Philadelphia. The other portion is an antiphonal division, originally a smaller organ (Skinner Opus 726) in Powel Crosley Jr.'s Cincinnati residence, Pinecroft. The Opus 660 portion speaks from hidden chambers behind grills on either side of the hallway and stairs, grills that formerly fronted the terminal's ticket windows. The Opus 726 portion speaks from a chamber behind a window above the history museum entrance. Both instruments were built in 1929, when the station building began construction. [4] The Skinner Opus 660 was sold to the museum center in 1987, which installed it during its 1990s renovations. [5]

Further reading


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  3. ^ Dawson, Barbara J. (2008). "Cincinnati Union Terminal Turns Seventy-Five". Ohio Valley History. Filson Historical Society, Cincinnati Museum Center. 8 (1): 73–76. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
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