CINCINNATI – Some of your favorite exhibits and artifacts are moving out of Union Terminal to make way for the restoration of the building, but they’ll soon be popping up around the community. Cincinnati Museum Center is launching Curate My Community to bring us to a location near you, beginning with Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on May 17.
The first phase of Cincinnati Museum Center’s Curate My Community is taking flight at CVG with the installation of a World War II-era Aeronca Defender airplane from the Cincinnati History Museum. Roughly 90 items from the Cincinnati History Museum, as well as the Museum of Natural History & Science, will join the Aeronca airplane at CVG throughout the coming months.
With the temporary closure of the Cincinnati History Museum and Museum of Natural History & Science to facilitate extensive repairs and restoration to Union Terminal, Cincinnati Museum Center is bringing those museums to you. Iconic pieces of Cincinnati’s natural and manmade history, and staples of Cincinnati childhoods, will continue to educate and delight visitors, albeit in new locations. As our home undergoes its restoration, Cincinnati Museum Center’s mission will continue with gusto.
“For the past 25 years, Cincinnati Museum Center has been a place where people can come to be inspired, to fuel their curiosity and to learn more about the world around them and the people who came before them,” says Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Curate My Community enables people to continue to learn from and be inspired by their favorite artifacts even as they’re outside of Union Terminal, and will allow us to reach new audiences and inspire new lifelong learners.”
Curate My Community will bring roughly 90 objects to CVG, each tying into one of seven themes, including Cincinnati Transportation, a natural fit for CVG. Among the items with ties to transportation through the region, or made possible by innovations or individuals from the region, are a 1910 Model K Schacht automobile, a 1951 Crosley Convertible and 1951 Crosley Super Station Wagon, a variety of steamboat and locomotive models and, of course, the 1940 Aeronca Defender airplane, which was built in Middletown.
The mastodon that has welcomed visitors to the Museum of Natural History & Science for over two decades will also move to CVG, along with several other Ice Age animal skeletons, including Jefferson’s Ground Sloth and a dire wolf. Some of Winold Reiss’s original canvas paintings used to produce the iconic Rotunda mosaic murals at Union Terminal will once again greet visitors to Cincinnati at the region’s current primary transportation hub. Starting in mid-summer, other key items making CVG their temporary home will include large machine tools from the 19th century, a totem pole carved to commemorate Alaska’s statehood in 1959 and the replica of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit.
In addition to providing a temporary home for some of Cincinnati Museum Center’s collection pieces, Curate My Community exposes the collections of Cincinnati Museum Center to new audiences, particularly those traveling through or to Cincinnati via CVG.
“We’re excited to support such a highly-regarded community asset as Cincinnati Museum Center during their restoration,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer of CVG. “The partnership is a wonderful fit and allows us to deliver on our vision to make travel through CVG an unforgettably positive experience. We can’t wait to see the expressions on people’s faces as they enjoy the exhibits when traveling through CVG.”
While Curate My Community is launching at CVG, objects will appear at other locations throughout Cincinnati in the coming months. Stay tuned to find out where your favorite artifact or scientific specimen is going, or visit www.cincymuseum.org/exhibits/curate-my-community for more information.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.
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