Attractions: Medicine, Marbles and Mayhem at Union Terminal

Who would think that their old medicine jars, toys and toothbrushes would be on display one day? Probably not many Cincinnati locals, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Medicine, Marbles and M

click to enlarge Medicine, Marbles and Mayhem at Union Terminal
Medicine, Marbles and Mayhem at Union Terminal

Who would think that their old medicine jars, toys and toothbrushes would be on display one day? Probably not many Cincinnati locals, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Medicine, Marbles and Mayhem


Unknown “time capsules” from the 1800s have been excavated from old outhouses around the city. Archaeologists dug their way through local privy sites, unearthed 19th-century artifacts and put them on display to give us a snapshot of life from more than 100 years ago. Through newspapers, city directories, census records and other public records, the exhibit also tells the stories behind the artifacts such as that of Charles Dustin, a policeman who dumped his gun, uniform and ammunition down a privy sometime during 1899-1920. No one knows why, but his stint in jail and the mental facility might have had something to do with it. 

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Through May 26. Free with admission: $18 adults; $17 seniors; $13 ages 3-12. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.

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