After more than a year of planning, intensive design work and thorough probing and analysis by preservation architects, the real construction work on Union Terminal is underway. The restoration of Union Terminal requires a keen understanding of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and history as modern construction and engineering techniques blend with early 20th century materials and design to save iconic Union Terminal.
Construction is fully underway! Aspects of your general visit will be different as the work continues and we make sure your visit is still fun and safe.
The Duke Energy Children's Museum has temporarily closed for unexpected construction activity.
The front entrance drop off zone has been reconfigured due to scaffolding on the exterior of the building. The new drop off and pick up zone is at the bottom of the fountain. This area is not be covered.
The parking lot on the north side of the building will be available for guest parking. There will be new handicapped spots in this lot.
The temporary lobby construction is complete. You will be able to see the Rotunda for a period of time but must stay on the carpeted area in the front of the Rotunda. You will continue to purchase your tickets at our box office in the same location.
Restrooms will be available in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and outside the entrance of the Special Exhibit Gallery.
Both the escalators and large elevator that lead down to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and Special Exhibit Gallery will continue to be available for guests.
We will have wheelchairs and strollers available for rent.
There will be food service available on the lower level with limited grab-and-go options.
Public safety and first aid will continue to be available on main level. This will continue to serve as our lost and found as well.
- The iconic fountain in front of Union Terminal is again taking shape as crews continue the concrete pour to complete its structure. The lower bowl, sides and planters have all been poured and forms are being constructed to create the scalloped cascade features. Following the concrete pours, waterproofing materials will be applied to the fountain before terrazzo and finishes are applied in the coming months.
- Scaffolding crisscrosses the walls of the Rotunda as crews clean the tile mosaics that adorn the north and south walls. The glass tiles of the mosaics are being cleaned with a mild detergent and the painted stucco of the sky and foreground is being patched and repaired as needed over the next several months.
- As the restoration of the historic Losantiville Dining Room progresses, preparations are being made for the installation of new terrazzo floors that will fill the space where the serpentine lunch counter and buffet line once stood. Crews are laying down a sand bed and placing metal dividers before new black, white and red terrazzo to match the surrounding floor is poured.
- An existing piece of steel was removed from the lower level to accommodate an entrance to new, expanded restrooms. Prior to the steel beam removal, new support and bracing beams were installed. The original piece of steel that was removed now rests in Cincinnati Museum Center’s collections.
- Scaffolding is now being installed to accommodate masonry work on Union Terminal’s west wall that extends over and sits next to the active railroad tracks in the rear of the building. Crews are addressing the structural integrity of the wall, which was built in the late 1970s to patch the hole after the concourse was demolished. The rear of the OMNIMAX Theater now sits just inside the west wall.
- Structural engineers are repairing steel on the mezzanine level below Union Terminal’s front plaza. For decades, water has penetrated through expansion joints on the north and south side of the driveway and plaza, allowing water to reach the steel below. The Duke Energy Children’s Museum remains closed through spring 2018 to accommodate construction activity on the mezzanine level above.
Number to know: 53,300 – Crews are using a mild, non-abrasive detergent to clean over 53,300 terracotta tiles on the walls of the ramps that form the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum is underway. For decades these tiles were exposed to the elements as the ramps were open on the ends to allow vehicle traffic to enter and exit Union Terminal.
The Museum of Natural History and Science
The Cincinnati History Museum
The OMNIMAX® Theater
Cincinnati History Library and Archives
Store to Explore Gift Shop
Collector's Gallery Gift Shops
Take a 3D tour of Union Terminal’s interior
As teams finalize plans for the restoration of 83-year-old Union Terminal, they’re getting an assist from new technology. A recently completed laser scan of the building produced a 3D model that will be an essential asset for architects and designers as they begin the restoration. Watch this video for a 3D flythrough of Union Terminal and click on the links below to take an interactive look inside the walls of Union Terminal.
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Museum exhibits on display at libraries during Cincinnati Museum Center renovations (June 22, 2016)
Final 6 large murals moving to Duke Energy Center from CVG (May 12, 2016)
Companies Participating in March 25, 2015 Building Tour