Who Knew? Cincinnati's Western Museum was 19th Century home to the offbeat, odd & outrageous

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is home to many fascinating facts, offbeat oddities, and "I did not know that," moments. With that in mind, WCPO asks "Who Knew?"

What is it? Western Museum
  Where can I see it? Cincinnati Natural History Museum
  Who Knew? Tamera Muente, author of "The Boy at the Museum"

Cincinnati is home to a plethora of museums, some with fascinating back stories. Long before it was part of Union Terminal, the Natural History Museum originated in the early 19th Century as more of a sideshow gallery than a repository of science and information.

Q&A with local author Tamera Muente

1. What was the Western Museum?

 The Western Museum was the predecessor to the current Natural History Museum in Cincinnati. It was founded as a serious natural history collection by Dr. Daniel Drake, but was not financially feasible. It was taken over by Joseph Dorfeuille, who believed that sensational and shocking exhibits would bring in crowds and make the museum a financial success.

WCPO Insiders can read more about how the Western Museum become home to the outrageous--and not altogether authentic.


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