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An annual holiday tradition is now open at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The Duke Energy Trains are back for their 70th year. The display began in 1946 as a public relations effort by the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad.

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Dubbed the world's largest display of LEGO art, The Art of the Brick opens Friday at the Cincinnati Museum Center. It features more than 100 pieces of art created entirely from LEGOs.

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When The Art of the Brick opens next week at the Cincinnati Museum Center, visitors will be able to look and play.

A companion exhibit titled Brickopolis is an interactive gallery with kid-sized work tables and bins full of LEGO bricks for children and adults to make their own creations.

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Restoration and renovation of Union Terminal won't begin until next year, but now we know who will be doing the work.

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Renovations and repairs to Union Terminal are expected to start next June.  The work will start after Hamilton County Commissioners approve a development agreement.

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This week, Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to focus on the agreement that will govern the repair process for Union Terminal.  

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If you've been wondering why a bunch of giant LEGO bricks have been popping up around town and in your social media feeds, we finally have the answer. It was a promotion for the Cincinnati Museum Center's newest exhibit: The Art of the Brick.

Since its discovery in 1739, Big Bone Lick in Boone County has drawn the attention of naturalists and paleontologists from around the world. The first organized paleontological excavation in North America was conducted there in 1807.

The final lecture in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s baseball lecture series happens June 18: The Civic and Environmental Aspects of Baseball Landscapes from Professor John Fairfield of Xavier University.

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Built at the same time as Union Terminal in 1932, the fountain in front of the iconic train station echoes the famous art deco design. Cincinnati Museum Center officials say the return of water to the fountain is an annual rite of passage signaling the beginning of summer.

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An exhibition featuring the works of Mark Catesby, North America's first naturalist, is now on view at Cincinnati Museum Center.

Museum Center honors military history, sacrifices

May 14, 2015
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The Cincinnati Museum Center's new exhibit, Treasures of Our Military Past, opens Friday.  It features artifacts and exhibits from the region, all related to armed conflicts over the last two centuries.

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The Cincinnati Museum Center has named Elizabeth Pierce its new president and chief executive officer.

Pierce is currently serving as interim CEO. She takes over for Doug McDonald, who retired in January.

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Rearranging historical artifacts is nothing new at the Cincinnati Museum Center.  Temporary exhibits come and go.  But rarely is the move a big production as it was Tuesday morning.

Three employees of a rigging company set up a trestle overhead as they prepared to move 3,500 pounds of iron in the form of a 150-year-old cannon.  They placed blankets around the barrel; and connected straps to a chain pulley system.  They were as careful as they could be.

Cincinnati Museum Center officials will decide soon on which firm will renovate the art deco landmark.

Last year, taxpayers approved a five-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

According to a statement, BHDP Architecture, GBBN architects and Quinn Evans Architects are the three finalists. The first two are Cincinnati-based companies. The third is based in Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor, MI.

Teams will present proposals in the coming weeks.

A final decision is expected by early April.

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A world-famous archeologist who will speak in Cincinnati this week says learning about the past can lead to a good future.  Egyptologist Zahi Hawass says that's why it's important to keep uncovering history. 

He is among the archeologists and historians worldwide disturbed by the reports of ISIS fighters smashing antiquities at a museum in Mosul last week.

“We need to stand against all these terrorists.  The people who smash the monuments in Iraq, and in Syria, and in Libya,'' he says. "They are destroying our heritage."

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The discovery of a rare Native American artifact in Newtown is exciting for archeologists, but it's also raising more questions. WVXU reporter Bill Rinehart joins us to provide details of the find.

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The discovery of a rare Native American artifact in Newtown is exciting for archeologists, but it's also raising more questions.

Contractors digging a trench for a fiber optic box north of Newtown's administrative hall earlier this month found human remains.  They called police who quickly realized it was a burial site and not a crime scene.  They, in turn, called the Cincinnati Museum Center.

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Cincinnati Museum Center CEO Doug McDonald will retire January 15. He's led the museum since 1999.

McDonald says he'll stay on as a consultant to the Union Terminal restoration project that was just approved by voters in November. The Cultural Facilities Task Force says McDonald's retirement will not affect the project

During his tenure McDonald helped to pull the museum out of debt and to grow its endowment to more than $50 million.

He also oversaw the merger with The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Cincinnati and WWII

Dec 8, 2014

  Sunday marked the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Peal Harbor, which brought America into World War II.

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In the late 1800's Cincinnatians loved Indians and Indians loved Cincinnati.

Wild West shows at the end of the 19th century were big because the frontier had disappeared and people were enamored with all things Indian. So when a Wild West show in Bellevue, Kentucky closed up, and Cree Indians from Montana were stranded, the Cincinnati Zoo came to the rescue, as far as the Native Americans were concerned.

Mummies of the World are coming to Cincinnati

Nov 21, 2014

The next major exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center is Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, showcasing a collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies. Joining Jane Durrell with a preview of this unique exhibition is the Museum Center’s Cody Hefner.

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When one of the Cincinnati Zoo's Sumatran rhinos died last year, his remains were given to the Museum Center. Friday the Museum Center is unveiling a mounted display of "Ipuh."

Ipuh came to the Cincinnati Zoo in 1991 as part of a captive breeding program between the United States and Indonesia. He was one of the last Sumatran rhinos taken from the wild and was believed to be around 33 years old when he died.

Mummies arrive at Museum Center

Oct 23, 2014
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  The Cincinnati Museum Center is preparing for its next big exhibit.  Under the watchful eye of actors portraying security officers, Museum employees offloaded big, wooden sarcophagi from a moving truck, Thursday morning.

Inside the crates were more than 150 specimens and associated paraphernalia dealing with mummification.  The traveling display, Mummies of the World, comes from American Exhibitions.

If Hamilton County voters approve a sales tax increase to repair Union Terminal, the work will be done under a public/private partnership.

Commissioners are directing the county administrator to begin drafting an agreement to set up the public-private partnership or P3.

Under this option, a private group like 3CDC would handle all the repair planning.

Hamilton County Commissioners will vote Wednesday on a financing plan for repairing Union Terminal.

The plan lays out a public/private partnership and is contingent on voters approving Issue 8, a quarter cent sales tax increase, in November.

Museum Center CEO Doug McDonald says the public/private partnership option also means the project can get started faster and the Museum Center will be able to pay cash up front for the first few years rather than needing loans.

One of the greatest collections of fossils can be found at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and this weekend those relics will be celebrated during the upcoming Fossil Week. Frank Johnson is joined by Dr. Glenn Storrs and Jack Kallmeyer with details about the event and the importance of these fossils to our greater understanding of this area and what/who came before us.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is stepping up its support for a local icon. Earlier this year, the Trust named Union Terminal and Music Hall to its 2014 list of most endangered places, now it's opening an action center, or campaign office, to help the push to pass Issue 8 on the November ballot.

Issue 8 would create a five-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

Senior field officer Jennifer Sandy says the National Trust is involved in 46 similar projects around the country but this is the first time it has opened a pop-up location.

This year’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is happening at the Cincinnati Museum Center on September 13 and 14. As organizer Jason Langdon tells Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, they’ve enlisted the help of the folks from the Crafty Supermarket to help with their marketplace sales area.

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