A few months later than usual, the Cincinnati Museum Center Friday greeted guests with the annual fountain ceremony.
A duo from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra provided music before the fountain was ceremonially turned on and will continue to work in the museums throughout the day.
CEO Elizabeth Pierce explained the five new exhibits, including Maya: The Exhibition.
“We were so excited to open on March 13th and then close (it) immediately the next day, so it slept, rested and absolutely waited for you to come and enjoy.”
Sarah Weiss, CEO of the Holocaust and Humanity Center, took a moment to reflect on the current pandemic.
“We are reminded of the resilience of survivors at this moment, and we invite those who need a little inspiration to learn these stories.”
The five new exhibits include:
Maya: The exhibition includes more than 300 objects made from clay and stucco figures, as well as intricate jewelry, stone carvings, tools and interactive elements.
An unfinished revolution: Women and the Vote examines the struggle for women’s suffrage on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Inspired by Nature: The Art and Activism of Charley Harper features 30 paintings by the beloved Cincinnati artist and the related stories he has penned, as well as a celebration of his activism.
The first three exhibits are temporary. Two new permanent exhibits are now also online at the Cincinnati History Museum.
Shaping Our City examines how various modes of transportation from rivers to rails and roads have been shaped and shaped by the geography of the area, with some connected and others shared.
You Are Here is divided into three thematic areas that explore what defines Cincinnati as a place to live, work, and play.
Over the well
The original fountain was designed by Fellheimer & Wagner, according to unofficial building historian Nick Massa of the Cincinnati Museum Center. The Cassini & Martini Terrazzo Company made the recognizable green terrazzo finish.
When the 8,000 square meter well was rebuilt, 2,300 pieces of limestone and granite were removed. Around 57 trucks were carried in 450 cubic meters of concrete. The basin holds 44,000 gallons of water, which circulates at a rate of 2.4 million gallons per day.
You can go behind the scenes of the fountain that is being rebuilt here.