Arts & Culture

Greater Cincinnati is a region steeped in rich history and culture

Rolling hills and scenic river views are just the beginning of the Greater Cincinnati’s visual treasures. We’re also home to a wealth of impeccably preserved architecture, award-winning public art, a thriving local music scene and breathtaking Music Hall, where a recent $135 million restoration project reflects the region’s commitment to preserving our unique cultural heritage.

Collage of symphony, opera, and choral images

We’re Home to the:

  • Fifth-oldest symphony in the country

  • Second-oldest opera in the U.S.

  • Longest-running choral festival in the Western Hemisphere

  • Oldest and largest public arts fund in the nation.

The Cincinnati region also has a long legacy of embracing learning. Explore just a few of our more than two dozen nationally renowned museums that celebrate history, visual art and industry:

American Sign Museum
Cincinnati Red Hall of Fame
Cincinnati Fire Museum
Cincinnati Museum Center
Creation Museum
Contemporary Arts Center
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

In addition to traditional museums, the Cincinnati Zoo offers visitors a close encounter with some of the world’s most-exotic wildlife. The zoo maintains a steadfast commitment to conservation, actively protecting many of the world’s endangered species and plants.

Greater Cincinnati’s highly visible cultural legacy often surprises visitors — but it shouldn’t. Generations of our leaders worked hard to infuse arts and culture in everything we do, from strategic planning and historic preservation to our efforts to attract national performances and symposia.

Here, we understand culture isn’t just nice to have – it’s a necessary part of our region’s continued success.