Volcanic Disruption

A Day in Pompeii is a jarring look at a 2,000-year-old catastrophe

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Pompeii is the disaster-grabber of all time. How old were you when that terrible story first drew you in? I was 8, I think, and Pompeii still grips my imagination. For all of us who can’t shake this fascination, A Day in Pompeii, now at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, is a must.  

Museum Center’s Underground Revenue Source

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Let it not be said (as you might have heard or read) that the Cincinnati subway never hosted a paying customer. In fact, visits to the abandoned tunnels under Central Parkway intended for the never-completed system have become a nice, if underground, funding source for Cincinnati Museum Center’s education programs. Who said mass transit can’t pay dividends for Cincinnati?  

Cleopatra (Review)

Traveling exhibit examines the mysteries and artifacts of Cleopatra's Egypt

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Cleopatra, considered ancient Egypt’s great last pharaoh before that civilization fell to Roman conquest in the first century B.C., had a reputation for knowing how to present herself stunningly to outsiders. Legend has it she once sailed upriver in a gilded barge with purple sails to introduce herself to Mark Antony, the powerful Roman leader who became her new lover.  

Cincinnati Museums Offer High-Profile Shows in 2011

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The first part of this year is going to be a dynamic one for museum exhibits — so dynamic that you have to wonder if there will be enough patrons for all the high-profile shows. The biggest show (probably) is primarily a history exhibit, but one with incredibly good timing. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, which comes to Cincinnati Museum Center on Feb. 17.  

The Photographic Cool of J.P. Ball

Poignant exhibit reveals the beauty of his 19th-century portraits

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
J.P. Ball photograph exhibition tucked away in the Ruthven Gallery at the Cincinnati Museum Center isn't grabbing space on the huge banners in the center's rotunda. But the wonderful exhibition is very ambitious and warrants more attention. On display through Oct. 24.  

Tavis Smiley's Prints on the African-American Imprint

Traveling historical/cultural exhibition at Museum Center has strong Queen City roots

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A single iconic quote from scholar W.E.B. DuBois inspired Tavis Smiley to begin a monumental quest to present the most comprehensive examination of "the African American imprint" on American society. When DuBois asked, "Would America have been America without her Negro people?" the question wasn't quite so simple. Smiley's resulting exhibition is on view through Jan. 2.   

Riding the Rail to ... Redemption?

Local filmmakers explore Cincinnati's underground urban legend

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"Did you know that Cincinnati has an abandoned subway system?" That question kickstarts 'Cincinnati's Abandoned Subway,' a documentary film about the city's past and present problems with embracing quality mass transit. The film gets its world premiere June 9 at, appropriately, Union Terminal.  

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs (Review)

Omnimax documentary investigates the process of mummification

0 Comments · Friday, October 9, 2009
The larger-than-life Omnimax format attempts to translate the mummification process (and the human biological elements) into an awe-inspiring feature capable of matching the Cincinnati Museum Center's interactive exhibition 'Lost Egypt' with its replication of a field site and laboratory along with various mummies and smaller-scale video interviews. Grade: B-.  

Race Is Only Skin Deep

Groundbreaking 'RACE' exhibition offers more questions than answers

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
"One of the most interesting things I find about conversations about race is, if you listen, people are usually starting the conversation from two different places," says Tonya Matthews, the Cincinnati Museum Center's vice president of museums. "As in, they have a different base of information or they have different experiences, but what's funny is that people don't know they’re having the conversation from two different places. I want everyone to come away with some new information that will get us all on the same plane where we can have a conversation."  

Party on Inauguration Day

Your guide to daytime and evening fun on Jan. 20

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
It's time to celebrate! Get in on the Obamaction by attending any of the myriad parties going on around the Queen City on Inauguration Day. Start the festivities off right with a viewing party and carry the patriotic fun on into the night by stopping by some local bars.