Take a hard hat tour behind the scenes at Cincinnati Museum Center's renovation work

Posted at 5:55 AM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 18:33:24-04

CINCINNATI -- Put on your hard hat and walk through the halls of history for a tour of the renovation work being done to save Union Terminal. This behind-the-scenes tour is a look at the blend of engineering and science being used to save a national historic landmark.

The Cincinnati Museum Center's Heritage Programs volunteers will offer building history and background, punctuated by construction updates and planning from Turner Construction staff.

Tours begin at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday and will be repeated the second Saturday of each month through February 2017 (Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, 2017, and Feb. 11, 2017).

The 45-minute tours will cover a variety of building and construction areas, providing a fuller scope of the work being done. Visitors will notice the extent to which crews have worked to protect historic architecture and the ways they're preparing to restore features damaged by decades of wear and tear and water damage.

Visitors may also see artwork and signage that's long since been covered over but are being revealed and repaired during the restoration. They will also get a firsthand glimpse at how experts plan and execute a restoration on such a grand scale.

Tour participants must be 16 (with a guardian) or older and wear closed-toe shoes. Hard hats are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, photography is not permitted.

Space is limited and registration is required, but additional tours will be available for future dates. Each month's tour will be different as the restoration work continues, so be sure to sign up for multiple tours to follow along as the restoration of the building progresses. Tickets are $15 for CMC Members and $20 for non-members.

For more information visit the website here. To make a reservation, call (513) 287-7031.

Watch a video in the player below that slices the building into cross sections: