Here’s what you need to know about the Cincinnati Museum Center reopening

The Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) and Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC), which share the Union Terminal, will reopen on July 17th. The Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Newsreel Theater, the Reakirt Auditorium and some other areas will remain closed until further notice.

The museum center is taking tough measures to fight the spread of the virus. It operates with crowd capacity of 25% or less to enable social distancing. Therefore, guests need to purchase timed tickets in advance. The museum has installed plexi barriers at the box offices and at the ticket collection stations to protect staff and guests. The cleaning of toilets and other high touch areas is increasing. Staff, volunteers and guests must wear masks.

“We do our part to create a safe and clean environment for our employees and guests, and we ask everyone to experience our museum responsibly,” said Elizabeth Pierce, President and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center. “The community makes our museum, and we need our community to make sure it stays a safe place for everyone.”

You can download the Digimarc Discovery app for free on your mobile phone to experience more than 25 interactive activities in the museum. Point the app at the sign that comes with an interactive museum to access it. Guests are asked to bring headphones or earphones as some of the Digimarc Discover experiences include audio.

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Museum guests can download the Digimarc app for free to follow along with interactive content.

The Museum of Natural History & Science’s Dinosaur Hall and Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery will reopen, but the Science Interactives Gallery and Cave will be temporarily closed.

Cincinnati in Motion and Public Landing of the Cincinnati History Museum reopen. In addition, the history museum presents two new areas: The design of our city and you are here.

The OMNIMAX Theater will also reopen, but will limit the capacity to 60 people per show. The films will play at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Two films are currently being shown: “Superpower Dogs” and “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition”.

“Maya: The Exhibition” returns to the CMC. The Maya flourished in cities made of stone carved in the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Their civilization dates back to 2000 BC. BC, but peaked in AD 600. The exhibit features over 300 artifacts from the Mayan civilization era that demonstrate Mayan daily life, religion, politics, and innovations. These artifacts include well-preserved clay and stucco figures, as well as ornate jade and gold jewelry. Their civilization has been greatly influenced by their astronomers, mathematicians, and inventors. The Mayan greatest contribution to world cuisine was the introduction of chocolate.

“Never before have such spectacular Mayan artifacts traveled to North America,” said Dave Duszynski, vice president of featured experiences at CMC. “We are grateful that Guatemala shares these amazing national treasures with Cincinnati.”

The CMC will also show two new exhibits – and both are free. “An Unfinished Revolution: Women and the Vote” celebrates the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. The exhibit will include local voting papers from the CMC collections before and after 1920 to illustrate the impact of the 19th Amendment.

The other new exhibition, Inspired by Nature: The Art and Activism of Charley Harper, features 30 of Harper’s works of art. Harper was an activist who expressed concern about issues that threaten the earth and its people, such as global warming, habitat destruction and water pollution.

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The Cincinnati Museum Center is located at 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. It is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

General admission tickets include both the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cincinnati History Museum. Tickets are $ 14.50 for adults (ages 13 to 59), $ 10.50 for kids (ages 3 to 12), $ 13.50 for seniors (60 years and older), and $ 5.50 for infants (1 to 2 years). Tickets for Maya: The exhibit is $ 21 for adults, $ 14 for a child, and $ 19 for seniors. Check the website for membership pricing.

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