Free Union Terminal Behind the Scenes Tour

I love Union Terminal! I love this place so much because you go back in time. Have you ever been here before? Did you know they offer FREE Rotunda Tours every Saturday and Sunday?

Sat: 12:00 p.m., 1, 2, and 3.

Sun: 1,2, and 3 pm.

Cost: Free

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Cincinnati Union Terminal is an train station and museum center in the Queensgate neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Union Terminal's distinctive architecture, interior design, and history have earned it several landmark designations, including as a National Historic Landmark. Its Art Deco design incorporates several contemporaneous works of art, including two of the Winold Reiss industrial murals, a set of sixteen mosaic murals depicting Cincinnati industry commissioned for the terminal in 1931.

Cincinnati's union terminal was developed throughout the 1920s as a solution for Cincinnati's five train stations serving seven railroads. Construction took place from 1928 to 1933, including creation of viaducts, mail and express buildings, and utility structures: a power plant, water treatment facility, and roundhouse. The station was well-utilized at its opening through World War II and into the 1950s. In the next two decades, it briefly held several attractions to provide income, offsetting declined transit use. Train service stopped there in 1972, as Amtrak built the River Road station, cheaper to build and maintain than operation of Union Terminal. After the building's 1990 renovation and creation of the Cincinnati Museum Center, Amtrak returned to the terminal in 1991. A larger renovation from 2016 to 2018 restored the building.

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