Cincinnati Museum Center announces holiday hours

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is offering safe alternatives to continue holiday traditions and help establish new ones. CMC is offering special holiday hours this week, including opening on Wednesday, November 25 and helping you shake off the gravy hangover with visits from Santa beginning Friday, November 27.

This Thanksgiving and holiday season will look different than years past for many families, but CMC is offering a bit of familiarity from holidays past. Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains features a holiday favorite now in their 74th year and offers a safe, socially-distant way for families to gather. Rather than cramming into your grandparents’ dining room or spilling into the living room, bedroom and basement of your brother’s house, spread out among CMC’s historic holiday trains and LEGO layouts, towering dinosaur skeletons and sprawling galleries. There’s room for the full family to gather and visit safely, bringing a smile to everyone’s masked face.

In addition to requiring all guests to wear masks and instituting timed tickets to manage attendance and ensure social distancing, CMC has taken additional steps to ensure a safe visit this holiday season. The riding train will not be running this season, but in its place CMC has hidden objects ranging from nutcrackers and footballs to bobbleheads and ballet slippers in the Holiday Scavenger Hunt, presented by Taft Law. A gesture-activated, no-touch digital storybook is another new addition this year that tells the 74-year history of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains with nostalgic photos from across the decades.

Visit with Santa starting Nov. 27

CMC is open every Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday except for special holiday hours. Additionally, CMC is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is open Friday-Sunday through January 3 with special holiday hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 and daily from December 18 through January 3. For the most up-to-date information on hours, visit or follow CMC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.