INTERACTIVE: Cincinnati Museum Center offers window to past

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Museum Center is offering a window into the Queen City’s past with its newest gallery.

Beginning Friday, visitors of the museum can look at “Treasures in Black & White: Historic Photographs of Cincinnati.” The gallery features a century's worth of black and white photos taken between 1860 and 1960. The images document Cincinnati's neighborhoods, architecture and people.

The exhibit combines more than 60 images with historical artifacts, archival materials and other visual media.

Museum organizers say the photos will take viewers from the Cincinnati Zoo to Coney Island, from the aftermath of the Civil War to the end of World War II and from the Miami-Erie Canal to the city's flooded streets.

"We want this exhibit and these photos to resonate with people in a personal way, whether it reminds them of their childhood, a story their grandparents told or just embodies to them what Cincinnati truly is," History Library and Archives Director Scott Gampfer said. "The Museum Center has such a vast collection of historic photos and objects and so many stories to tell.

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Some of the objects featured in the exhibit are a charred newel post from the 1884 courthouse riots, a 1890s camera and tripod, Rookwood pottery pieces, commemorative plate and medallion from Charles Lindbergh's visit to Lunken Field and Ruth Lyons' scrapbook signed by Liberace.

The exhibit is part of "Cincinnati Remembers World War I," a citywide series of community events commemorating the hundredth anniversary of World War I.

“Treasures in Black & White” begins Friday and runs through Oct. 12. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is free for members. But for non-members, it is included with a Cincinnati History Museum ticket or an All Museums Pass. For more information, visit or call 513-287-7001.

Below is one of the images from the Museum Center's gallery with a WCPO twist. We made it interactive and compared it with a photo from today. Just click and hold the white circular “slider” tool at the center of the photo. Then move the slider left and right to see “before” and “after.”


1905: Canal Street


The canal boat West Carrollton and crew docked along the Miami and Erie Canals, 1905. This section later became Central Parkway.

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