Grab a Cold One and Explore Cincinnati Museum Center After-Hours — CurioCity is Back

The center will open exhibits up for nights of cocktail-sipping and exploring.

Dec 12, 2018 at 11:37 am
The Cincinnati Museum Center, located inside the historic Union Terminal. - Devin Luginbill
Devin Luginbill
The Cincinnati Museum Center, located inside the historic Union Terminal.

Stay out late and drink among dinosaur skeletons this Thursday. CurioCity — a 21+ series where you can roam the Cincinnati Museum Center's exhibits, cocktail in hand — is officially back. 

From 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13, you can take in the newly-minted Dinosaur Hall, which — hold onto your butts! — includes a one-of-a-kind 35-foot Torvosaurus fossil. Five other prehistoric specimens join its ranks. As they loom overhead, you may get the inkling you’ve wandered into a Jurassic Park reboot. Don’t worry. These guys don’t bite.

Make like a TARDIS and step back into the 1850s at the museum’s public landing. This iteration of CurioCity will unfurl Jan. 31. Infused with the soundscapes of the late-19th-century riverwalk — and complete with cobblestone streets — you can grab yourself a sudzy German bier, peruse historic shops and say stuff like, ‘Man, I was so born in the wrong generation.’

You can also explore “The Cave” during the CurioCity event on April 11 aka an exhibit that features 500 feet of structures resembling actual caves — the designers in 1967 used Western Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave as inspiration.

But if you’d rather temporarily flee the existential weight of adulthood, Duke Energy’s Children Museum will be partying like it’s 1998 on June 7 to celebrate its 21st birthday. Play in the Energy Zone, lounge in a giant mouth (and be reminded that you really need to start flossing), let your imagination run amok or navigate (synthetic) wilderness in their exhibit fittingly dubbed The Woods. It would also be a prime time to recreate Tom Hank's role in Big. Just saying. 

 If you haven’t had the chance to peep the new digs since the CMC — located inside Union Terminal — wrapped up its first restoration in the building’s 85-year history, now’s your chance. (The center officially opened to the public Nov. 17. Check out our gallery here.) Each CurioCity installment cost $15. (Members receive a discount.) For more info or to purchase tickets, click here