Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Cincinnati.

Fort Mitchell
Vent Haven Museum


Located just south of Cincinnati in Kentucky, this ventriloquist museum houses more than 500 "vent" figures – the collection of the late William Shakespeare Berger, a local businessman and ventriloquism enthusiast. Visits to the museum are by...  Read More

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Photo courtesy of Farshid Assassi


Cincinnati was an important stop along the Underground Railroad, and this fascinating museum chronicles the history of escaping slaves and those who assisted them along their journeys to freedom. The museum is located downtown near the Ohio...  Read More



There's something about vintage signs that draw people to them, encouraging them to imagine what life was like for the people who passed them everyday when they were in use. That's the beauty of this unique museum - there's plenty of nostalgia...  Read More

Contemporary Arts Center
Photo courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center


This popular arts center features works by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, and the second floor houses a sculpture gallery. A non-collecting museum, the Contemporary Arts Center focuses on new works in the areas of painting,...  Read More

Behringer-Crawford Museum


This Covington Park regional museum features pieces largely donated by collector William Behringer. Noted exhibits include the Paleontology Gallery, the 19th Century History Gallery and the River Heritage Gallery. Displays are educational and...  Read More

Skirball Museum


This museum houses a range of pieces that represent the history and culture of the Jewish people. Exhibit items include art, coins, jewelry and memorabilia. It shares works with the Los Angeles-based Skirball Museum. Call for an appointment to view the collection.



Opened in 1932, this museum houses works by master artists. Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Sargent are just a few of the world-renowned artists whose work is represented. Interesting Chinese and French pieces are included in the collection as well.

Cincinnati Fire Museum


This educational museum is housed in a former firehouse and offers exhibits to teach children the importance of fire safety. Interesting displays show fire fighting tips, the history of fire brigades and personal safety rules. Slide down a real...  Read More



Housed in the impressive limestone-and-glass Union Terminal, this complex of museums offers a wealth of entertainment and educational opportunities. Reasonably-priced combination tickets grant admission to the OMNIMAX Theater, Cincinnati History...  Read More



In the Cincinnati Art Museum's 80 or so galleries, art-lovers can stroll through dozens of galleries. Works span 6000 years and feature pieces from renowned artists such as Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt and Gainsborough. Special exhibitions are offered year round.