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Best museums in Cincinnati

The United States is home to more than 35,000 museums, according to data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These cultural strongholds run the gamut of natural history, world wars, art, and even children's books.

While some fancy a trip to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, others like to cozy up in a corner and read the Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass. How does one define a museum?

Early museums housed private collections curated by individuals, while today's museums—many of them major tourist attractions—are filled with art, history, science, artifacts, fossils, historical documents, and some curious collections. Along with exhibitions of art, history, and science, Stacker unearthed museums filled with bananas, popcorn, and some very odd stuff.

All across the U.S., visitors can find museums to explore any subject that piques the imagination. A trip to Washington D.C. provides an opportunity to visit a number of iconic museums for free. A visit to Boston means getting to enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts or learn about the Boston Tea Party ships. In California, travelers can tour the International Museum of Bananas before popping by the Wyandot Popcorn Museum in Ohio or The Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts.

Have you ever checked out the museums in your area? To determine the best museums in Cincinnati, Stacker turned to data from Foursquare (data current as of April 19, 2019). All museums were ranked by Foursquare's algorithm, which predicts the “best” museums based on combined factors of the number of check-ins, rating signals, category matches, tips, and photo trends. Click through this gallery to find out which are the best museums Cincinnati has to offer.

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#10. Cincinnati History Museum

- Address: 1301 Western Ave.
- Foursquare rating: 7.0
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#9. 21c Museum Hotels - Cincinnati

- Address: 609 Walnut St. (at East Sixth Street)
- Foursquare rating: 9.4
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#8. Duke Energy Children's Museum At Union Terminal

- Address: 1300 Western Ave.
- Foursquare rating: 8.1
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#7. Taft Museum of Art

- Address: 316 Pike St. (at Fourth Street)
- Foursquare rating: 8.3
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#6. Contemporary Arts Center

- Address: 44 E. Sixth St. (at Walnut Street)
- Foursquare rating: 9.0
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#5. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

- Address: 50 E. Freedom Way (at Rosa Parks Street)
- Foursquare rating: 8.8
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#4. American Sign Museum

- Address: 1330 Monmouth St. (between Colerain and Spring Grove)
- Foursquare rating: 8.9
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#3. Cincinnati Art Museum

- Address: 953 Eden Park Drive
- Foursquare rating: 8.9
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#2. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

- Address: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way (at Great American Ball Park)
- Foursquare rating: 9.0
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#1. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

- Address: 1301 Western Ave. (at Union Terminal)
- Foursquare rating: 9.3
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