Culture & Arts in Cincinnati


Beechmont Players, Inc.
PO Box 54534
Cincinnati, OH 45245
(513) 233-2468

Beechmont Players, Inc., is the community theatre group serving the eastern section of greater Cincinnati beyond the Little Miami River. The 100-plus members of this non-profit Ohio corporation donate their time and talents to bring live theatre to the nearly 200,000 residents of the area.

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45214
(513) 621-5219

For decades, the Cincinnati Ballet has been captivating audiences with beautiful, poetic performances. From the stage to the community, the organization is an integral part of the city's culture. The Cincinnati Ballet is currently building a new performance studio and theatre, set for completion in March of 2005.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
1406 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-7517
(513) 723-1182

Making its debut in 1974, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra brings together some of the area's most talented professional musicians for 12 to 15 performances each year. The 35 to 40 member CCO performs at Memorial Hall in downtown Cincinnati, at the College Conservatory of Music's Corbett Auditorium, and at Northern Kentucky University's Greaves Concert Hall.

Cincinnati Opera
1841 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45210
(513) 621-1919

The Cincinnati Opera Association is the second oldest opera company in the United States, opening to its first performance, a sell-out, in 1920. A number of its earlier stars have gone on to become world renowned. Among them: Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills. The internationally acclaimed Cincinnati Opera performs at the historic Music Hall, under the direction of Artistic Director Nicholas Muni.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45215
(513) 621-1919

Founded in 1895, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the fifth oldest orchestra in the United States and represents the evolution of 200 years of musical tradition in the Queen City. The CSO performs music for the entire family. In addition to its busy concert schedule, it presents family, community and education programs throughout the year. The CSO is the official orchestra of the May Festival and the Cincinnati Opera, and as the popular Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45210
(513) 621-1919

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is one of the world's most active classical pop ensembles. Under acclaimed Maestro Kunzel's leadership since 1977, the Pops performs locally in Music Hall and Riverbend, tours nationally and internationally, and has recorded nearly nine million releases, 52 of which have appeared on the Billboard charts of best-selling recordings.

Contemporary Dance Theatre
1805 Larch Avenue
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 591-2557

The Contemporary Dance Theatre (CDT) was created in 1972 to connect the community with diverse and socially relevant dance and performance art. Using a variety of artistic styles and techniques, CDT mixes the new with the familiar, the challenging with the accessible. Creative and entertaining, its work also has a serious side that has a social message. CDT offers classes, performances, and community outreach.

Ballet Tech Ohio Performing Arts Association
7623 Old 3C Highway
Maineville, Ohio 45039
(513) 683-6860

Formed in 1997, non-profit Ballet Tech Ohio Performing Arts Association uses innovative dance to promote interaction between people of diverse backgrounds. In addition to offering a dance classes, professional and pre-professional Ballet Tech dancers hold performances that highlight a wide variety of dance styles and music.

Clear Stage Cincinnati
PO Box 14235
Cincinnati, OH 45250

Clear Stage Cincinnati is a professional theatre company that develops and showcases fresh artists by offering a "clear stage" for their advancement. It provides training and opportunities be a part of theatrical performances for actors throughout the area.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3888

Located in scenic Mt. Adams, the Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park is nationally known for its high caliber of artistic theatrical productions. Some of America's best actors, directors and designers have taken to its stage. From classic to contemporary, musicals, dramas, comedies and recent hits are all included among its roster of plays. The Playhouse offers productions year-round in its two theatres: the Robert S. Marx Theatre and the intimate Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati
2106 Florence Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
(513) 569-8080

The Children's Theatre of Cinncinnati's rich history began over 80 years ago. In 1924, The Junior League of Cincinnati developed a plan to introduce tri-state area children to the magic of theatre. Their plan evolved into the Children's Theatre, which incorporated in 1947. Today, the Children's Theatre continues its unique tradition. They introduce young audiences to the performing arts through professional, fully-staged productions that appeal to parents and educators while teaching morals and values. Each season, they present three one-hour children's productions aimed at children ages 4 and up. Weekday performances are held for local school students, while weekend shows are for the public.

Starling Chamber Orchestra
4 W Fourth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-4404

Hailed by the Munchner Merkur as "the world's youngest chamber orchestra," the Starling Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is part of the Starling Preparatory String Project, the internationally renowned training center at the Unversity of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Students are selected from throughout the United States and abroad to participate. The SCO has a busy national and international touring and recording schedule.

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
1127 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45210
(513) 421-3555

The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC) is a professional equity theatre that offers regional, world and Off-Broadway premiere productions. ETC concentrates on the talents of local playwrights, directors, designers and technicians. It offers accessible seating and audio described performance for people who have visual impairments.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 72810
Newport, KY 41072
(859) 431-6216

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra performs 36 concerts throughout the year. During the summer months they perform free concerts at Covington's beautiful Devou Park, and during the winter, they offer performances at Greaves Concert Hall on Northern Kentucky University campus.

The Footlighters, Inc.
802 York Street
Newport, KY 41071
(859) 291-7464

Footlighters, Inc. has presented performances in the Greater Cincinnati area over the past 43 years. The group is noted for producing quality community theatre productions of primarily musical comedies and bought its own facility in 1987. The Stained Glass Theatre, a former church, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Kentucky landmark.

Showboat Majestic
Foot of Broadway on the Public Landing
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 241-6550

This wonderful national historic landmark (and the last survivor of the singularly American tradition of floating theatres) is a focal point of the Cincinnati riverfront. The Majestic is a professional stock theatre using local talent. It offers a unique combination of river ambiance, history, and artistic performances.

Cincinnati Young People's Theatre
4990 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45238
(513) 241-6550

Started in 1982, the Cincinnati Young People's Theatre (CYPT) is a project for, of and about teenagers. Over 1500 talented youth have gained theatrical and technical experience through its summer performances. CYPT is the recipient of the 2001 Post-Corbett Award for Outstanding Arts Organization, the 1986 Ohio Parks and Recreation Award for Best Student Program and the 1987 National Recreation and Parks Arts and Humanities Award. It performs and practices in the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.

Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
4990 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45238
(513) 241-6550

Once a favorite neighborhood cinema, Covedale has been renovated and transformed into beautiful theatre that can seat 400. A sister theatre of The Showboat Majestic, the newly revived building now offers a variety of performances throughout the year: productions by CYPT in the summer and productions by professional local performers from October to April.

Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts
1310 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 363-8000

Cincinnati's renowned School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), a Cincinnati Public School, is one of a small handful of similar schools that melds intensive arts and academic programs. Its very high success rate demonstrates the effectiveness of complimenting academics with arts. A number of SCPA graduates have gone on to become nationally and internationally recognized artists or musicians. Admission to this college-preparatory school (grades 4 through 12) is by audition.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival
719 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 381-BARD

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival is a resident ensemble theatre bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for audiences of all ages. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival is the only professional classical theatre in the region. Actors and performances have won numerous local awards and Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.

The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
1028 Scott Blvd
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 491-2030

Built in 1902 in the heart of Covington, Kentucky, The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center features four art galleries that host about 500 artists from the region. Its intimate theatre, designed in the style of an 18th century European opera house, offers concerts and dance productions.

Loveland Stage Company
111 S 2nd Street
Loveland, OH 45140
(513) 683-3925

The Loveland Stage Company is dedicated to bringing quality theater to the Loveland community. We select plays and musicals which are both instructive to our members and entertaining to our audiences. With on-stage quality as a goal, we strive to keep a friendly, healthy atmosphere in our productions. Our members, volunteers all, are then afforded the best opportunities to exercise their interests and talents, while our club provides the best amateur theater our community can produce.

Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre
3316 Glenmore Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45211
(513) 921-5965

Non-profit Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre combines giant puppets with actors to create a unique style of puppet theatre. Madcap introduces children to a whole new concept of puppetry, one that allows all the elements of theatre to be combined in artistic and educational performances. Its dramatic, fun, visual styles are a favorite of all ages. Madcap tours and performances reach over 462,000 children each year.

Mariemont Players, Inc.
4101 Walton Creek Road
Cincinnati, OH 45227
(513) 271-1661

Mariemont Players is a non-profit organization dedicated to theater arts, entertaining, inspiring and enriching our audiences while providing an environment of artistic growth for our members.

Milford Theatre Guild
5775 Tall Oaks Drive
Milford, OH 45150
(513) 575-9351

Milford Theatre Guilde was formed to provide quality theatre to the Milford/Miami Township Community and surrounding area. Each year we also give a scholarship to a graduating Milford High School senior who will be pursuing a career in the theatre arts.

Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series
120 E 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 241-2345

A major tenant of downtown Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Broadway Series brings to town the finest touring professional Broadway musicals and plays.

Riverbend Music Center
6250 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45228
(513) 232-6226

One of Cincinnati's premiere outdoor music venues has now added the 4,100-seat National City Pavilion to its offering. The National City Pavilion provides a mid-sized theater-amphithieater hybrid which offers an intimate concert experience. Riverbend Music Center also features the Hulbert Taft Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and J. Ralph Corbett Pavilion offering both indoor and outdoor seating. In addition to providing the summer stage for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Riverbend has welcomed national acts such as The Chieftains, Blink -182, Kid Rock, Alanis Morissette, the Dave Matthews Band, and, of course, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.



Behringer-Crawford Museum
1600 Montague Road
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 491-4003

Behringer-Crawford is Northern Kentucky's only museum of Kentucky's natural and cultural history spanning over 450 million years. Permanent exhibits include galleries focusing on: paleontology; archaeology; local wildlife and nature; the 19th century history of home life, politics, the Underground Railroad & the Civil War; river heritage; and more.

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 721-ARTS (5204)

Founded in 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the country's oldest visual arts institutions. Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year. Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions or participate in the Art Museum’s wide range of art-related programs, activities and special events. General admission is always free for all, plus Art Museum members receive additional benefits. The Art Museum is open six days a week, making greater Cincinnati’s most treasured cultural asset accessible to everyone.

The Cincinnati Fire Museum
315 West Court Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 621-5571

Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum displays over 200 years of firefighting history. Among what visitors will see: early leather fire buckets, an 1808 fire drum and the oldest surviving fire engine in Cincinnati, and an Hunneman hand pumper. Children can jump into a modern Emergency-One fire engine cab and wail the siren, ring the bell and flash the lights!

Contemporary Arts Center
44 E 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513) 345-8400

For more than 60 years the Contemporary Arts Center has been a forum for progressive art and ideas. It focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media by artists from around the world.

Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum
Mayerson Hall at Hebrew Union College
3101 Clifton Ave. 45220
(513) 221-1875, ext. 358

The HUC-Skirball Museum Cincinnati Branch houses a permanent collection of Jewish archaeological artifacts from The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem and Jewish ceremonial and ritual objects. Additional exhibits depict Torah study, American Judaism with an emphasis on Cincinnati and HUC-JIR, aspects of the Holocaust, and modern Israel. Temporary exhibits are displayed in the special, changing exhibition gallery

The Museum Center at Cincinnati Union Terminal

1301 Western Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45203
(513) 287-7000 or (800) 733-2077

Originally built in 1933, as the Union Terminal train station, this beautiful art deco building is a national historic landmark and was renovated and re-opened as the Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990. It is a nationally recognized educational and research resource, and one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest. The Museum Center is home to the Cincinnati History Museum, Cinergy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. As a center for the entire community, more than 700 events are held in the building each year.


Cincinnati History Museum

The Cincinnati History Museum allows visitors to experience detailed re-creations of historic settings that show the story of Cincinnati's growth, from the frontier to the bustling river town. Among the exhibits: a 94-foot sidewheel steamboat of the 1850s docked at Cincinnati's Public Landing, and the Cincinnati in Motion exhibit, a model of the city from 1900 to 1940 complete with working trains, trolleys, and inclines, as well as interactive computer stations.

Museum of Natural History & Science

The Museum of Natural History & Science allows visitors to walk through a glacier and step back 19,000 years into the Ice Age. It includes an 8,000-square foot simulated Kentucky limestone cave, complete with underground waterfalls, streams, fossils and a live bat colony and a realistic recreation of a glacial ice cave in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland.

Cinergy Children's Museum

The Cinergy Children's Museum is one of the top children's museums in the country with hours of hands-on fun awaiting kids of all ages. They can climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world in nine exhibit areas. Among the exhibits: Water Works features a winding, running river and hydraulic laboratory and The Woods encourages children to challenge their physical prowess and explore their imagination.

Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater

The Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater is one of the most successful of its kind in the United States. Cincinnati Museum Center's OMNIMAX Theater surrounds viewers with super-sized images and exceptional visual and audio quality, making them feel as if they are "in the picture." It features a five-story, 72-foot-diameter, tilted, domed screen - with seams that disappear during projection - and one of the most sophisticated digital sound systems. Movies are shown several times daily. The theater, renovated in 2006, features excellent accessibility options for visual- or hearing-impaired visitors.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, 45202
(513) 333-7500

Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, the waters that once separated slave and free territory, the Freedom Center is a three-pavilion learning center that celebrates the legacy of courage and multicultural cooperation embodied in the story of the Underground Railroad. Of equal importance, the Freedom Center uses a wide array of exhibits to educate the public about the historic and continuing struggle to establish universal freedom in both the U.S. and around the world.

Heritage Village Museum
Sharon Woods Park, U.S. 42
Sharonville, OH 45241
(513) 563-9484

Heritage Village Museum is a living history museum depicting life in Southwestern Ohio through-out the 19th Century. Homes, out-buildings and equipment on the museum grounds were moved here from other locations in the region to be preserved and aid in telling the story of our recent past. Interpreters at the museum provide the facts and stories that bring the Village to life with nostalgic glances of days gone by. Village interpreters demonstrate many of the historic tasks and crafts of the 19th century such as spinning, weaving, candle-dipping, soap making, hearth cooking, carpentry work, herb lore, gardening, printing, trade and bartering, and communication.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
2950 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
(513) 751-0651

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is operated as an historical and cultural site, focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The site also includes a look into the family, friends, and colleagues of the Beecher-Stowe family, Lane Seminary, and the abolitionist, womens rights and Underground Railroad movements in which these historical figures participated in the 1830's to 1860's, as well as African-American history related to these movements.

Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 241-0343

A National Historic Landmark built around 1820, the Taft Museum of Art is known as one of the finest small art museums in America. The Taft is home to nearly 700 works of art, including European and American master paintings; Chinese porcelains; and European decorative arts.

Warren County Historical Society Museum
105 S. Broadway
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 932-1817

This magnificent three-story historical museum showcases the development of southwestern Ohio from prehistoric days through the 19th century, including an award-winning Shaker gallery.

American Sign Museum
2515 Essex Place
Cincinnati, OH 42206
(800) 925-1100 ext. 336 or (513) 258-4020

Come take a walk down Memory Lane and experience the only public sign museum in America. Bring your family, your friends, or the whole gang to the American Sign Museum for a fun experience! Your personally guided tour will take you through a century of American signs. It’s a sensory delight, and you’ll learn a little something too! Be mesmerized by the spinning Sputnik-like signs from bygone eras. See handlettered showcards from the Las Vegas days of Frank Sinatra and Charo, ornate gilded signs created on glass, chasing lightbulbs, ‘changeable’ neon that runs on radio waves, plus sign-making tools and equipment, salesman's samples, and more.