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A day at the museum on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square

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Would you like to visit 25 museums in one day? That might sound a little excessive, but you’ll have the chance to do just that without wearing out your shoe leather on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. It’s Museum Day on Fountain Square, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can see exhibits and talk to representatives from institutions ranging from the American Sign Museum to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame to the German-American Citizens League. Visitors to Fountain Square on Museum Day will have the opportunity to explore a variety of interests, such as local history, art, cultural diversity, and preservation.

This is the fourth annual Cincinnati Museum Day, and the list of participants from all around the tristate area is growing. Several historical societies will be on hand, including Anderson Township, Butler County, Price Hill, Delhi, Mt. Healthy, Reily Township, and Milford. Additional museums that will be represented include Behringer-Crawford, Cincinnati Museum Center/Heritage Tours, Heritage Village Museum, Taft Museum of Art, Lloyd Library and Museum, and the Oxford Museum Association.

There are also many historic sites in the greater Cincinnati area, and quite a few of them will have staff in attendance, such as the Betts House, Cincinnati Observatory, Dinsmore Homestead, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and White Water Shaker Village. It’s a great chance to find out a little about a lot of different attractions in the area.

The event is sponsored by Museums & Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati (MHS-GC), which was founded in 1992 by a group of ten historic house museums to encourage an appreciation of the Ohio River Valley and its history through tourism, educational programming, and other activities. In 2009, the coalition broadened its focus to include more historical and cultural attractions in the tristate. Organizations and sites in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio and in Bracken, Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton counties in Kentucky are members of MHS-GC. For additional information on MHS-GC and its member organizations, visit the Museums & Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati website or find them on Facebook.

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