Cincinnati Museum Center records second highest attendance in 25 year history

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center Board of Trustees hosted their annual meeting this week, electing the 2016 slate of officers and trustees. At the meeting the 2015 calendar year statistics were announced. With over 1.449 million visits, Cincinnati Museum Center experienced its second busiest year in 2015, including the single busiest month in the Museum Center’s history.

Cincinnati Museum Center records second highest attendanceHome to the Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati History Museum and Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center annually ranks amongst the area’s top attractions in attendance.

In 2015 Cincinnati Museum Center hosted four special exhibitions and four OMNIMAX® films that have taken visitors around the world, beneath the ocean, beyond the stars and back in time. Special exhibitions Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, Science of Sports, The Art of the Brick and the Museum Center-produced Treasures of Our Military Past offered guests the opportunity to view mummies more than 2,000 years old, explore the science behind their fastball, see classic and modern works of art recreated with LEGO® bricks and view a treasure from Cincinnati Museum Center’s own collections – an original copy of the Declaration of Independence from July 9, 1776.

Visitors to the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater experienced the holy city of Jerusalem through breathtaking aerial images and exclusive access to sacred sites in Jerusalem; swam alongside underwater giants through the icy waters of Alaska and the tropic seas of Hawaii in Humpback Whales; toured the battlefields of Normandy in D-Day: Normandy 1944; and went behind the scenes with NASA in Journey to Space as NASA prepares for their next giant step for mankind – landing an astronaut on Mars. Over 414,000 visitors toured Cincinnati Museum Center’s special exhibits and experienced the five story domed OMNIMAX® theater in 2015.

The year ended on the highest note of the Museum Center’s 25 years. Nearly 224,000 guests visited the institution in December 2015, the highest attended single month since Cincinnati Museum Center opened in 1990.

“Our guests made 2015 a great year for us and we’ve heard that the exhibits, films and programming we provided made the year equally memorable for them,” says Elizabeth Pierce , president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center.

Museum Center elects new members to Board of Trustees

Cincinnati Museum Center’s Board of Trustees elected new officers, most notably the election of Edward Diller to succeed outgoing board chair Francie Hiltz. Hiltz served four years as board chair and will continue as a member of the board.

The 2016 Board of Trustees officers are:

Board Chair: Edward D. Diller, Partner-in-Charge, Cincinnati Office, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Past Chair: Francie S. Hiltz, Civic Leader
Vice Chair: Greg Carmichael, President and Chief Operating Officer, Fifth Third Bancorp
Vice Chair: Hon. Jeffery P. Hopkins, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Vice Chair: Cynthia Walker Kenny, Owner, Cynthia Kenny Creative
Vice Chair: Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr., Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church
Vice Chair: Mary Zalla, Global President, Consumer Brands and Managing Director, Landor Associates
Treasurer: Matthew Sheakley, President, The Sheakley Group
Secretary: Martiné Dunn, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
General Counsel: George H. Vincent, Esq., Managing Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
President and CEO: Elizabeth W. Pierce

Cincinnati Museum Center Board of Trustees also elected new board members Jessica Adelman and George Vincent at its annual meeting.

Adelman and her family are settling into Cincinnati where she’s assuming the role of Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Kroger. Kroger’s continue commitment to community involvement has meant a long-standing relationship with Cincinnati Museum Center. Adelman, her husband and three young children can be found on many weekends taking in all Cincinnati Museum Center has to offer.

Vincent, managing partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, has previously served on Cincinnati Museum Center’s Board and in the role of general counsel for several years. Vincent is a champion of the arts and cultural community in Cincinnati, also serving on the boards of Artswave, the Christ Hospital, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation and the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority and is a past board member for the Cincinnati Art Museum . He is being elected for a new term of service on the Cincinnati Museum Center Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees also recognized outgoing trustees Dr. John M. Tew, Jr. and R. Scott Robertson for their years of service. Dr. Tew, professor of neurosurgery and vice president of community affairs at the University of Cincinnati , previously served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Cincinnati Museum Center. Dr. Tew has also served on the board of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, the Cincinnati Opera, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Tocqueville Society and Clever Crazes for Kids. Robertson, owner and chairman of RCF Group, continues his involvement in the community as president of the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee and as a member of the REDI Cincinnati Executive Board of Directors, the board for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Lindner Center of HOPE and United Way of Greater Cincinnati Tocqueville Society, amongst others. Dr. Tew and Robertson each served 9 years on Cincinnati Museum Center’s Board of Trustees.

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