The Museum’s mission is to bring the history of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to life by discovering, interpreting, and presenting the stories of Over-the-Rhine’s residents and urban environment, through an immersive experience with the community’s past. 

To achieve this we envision creating a vibrant and flexible museum space for interpreting OTR’s history that will engage all age, social, and ethnic groups in telling and learning the stories of Over-the-Rhine. The Over-the-Rhine Museum hopes to open a permanent home in 2020. Our dream is that this will be a residential building in which each apartment can be interpreted to a different era in the history of Over-the-Rhine. Visitors might step back in time by entering apartments from the 1890s, 1920s, 1950s and 1970s. They will experience firsthand the crowded conditions, household technologies, and everyday objects of Over-the-Rhine’s past. 

Our success will depend on our ability to stay open to change and innovation and to react to the changing needs of the neighborhood. We look forward to connecting and collaborating with partner organizations and institutions.

 
Our five growth initiatives are: 

  • Laying a strong institutional foundation through sound financial planning, board development, and audience engagement.

  • Spreading the word through successful public programs and robust media coverage.

  • Designing an oral history project to begin to capture neighborhood stories.

  • Creating a portable pop-up exhibit for public events and festivals to engage the public in a broad range of Over-the-Rhine’s stories. 

  • SEEKING A PERMANENT HOME FOR THE MUSEUM WITH THE GOAL TO OPEN IN 2020.