Unexpected construction closes Children's Museum until Spring 2018

Unexpected construction closes Children's Museum until Spring 2018
Union Terminal construction (Cincinnati Enquirer/Cara Owsley)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Duke Energy Children's Museum will be closed through spring 2018.

Last Friday, Cincinnati Museum officials announced a temporary closure of the children's space due to due to unexpected construction work.

By Tuesday, it appeared that construction activity would require "more extensive work than anticipated," according to a media release. The museum then made the decision to close the area until next year.

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is currently undergoing its first full structural restoration in the building's 84-year history. The construction in the Children's Museum does not impact the overall project budget or timeline.

"It has been our intention to keep the Duke Energy Children's Museum open as much as possible through the restoration of Union Terminal, however, this construction activity is more extensive than anticipated and disrupts public access to these spaces," says Elizabeth Pierce. "While we know this is disappointing to guests right now, this is necessary for future fun in the space as we diligently worked toward securing Union Terminal's long-term future."

Eight decades of water penetration have taken its toll on the building, seeping through exterior masonry, said museum officials.

"One area that proved particularly susceptible to water penetration is the plaza in front of the building, which sits above mezzanine and lower level museum spaces below, including portions of the Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati History Museum and Duke Energy Children's Museum.," the release read. "Steel beneath the plaza has been affected by water penetration and requires more extensive work than anticipated. This work will occur above and adjacent to the Children's Museum."

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