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All aboard the Maker Train!


Now that Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire calls a historic train station home, we thought it was only fitting that we bring out our riding train for our mini Maker Faire guests. And in true Maker Faire style, this train ride will take you on a trip through a robot junkyard!

Because we at Cincinnati Museum Center are all about reducing, reusing and recycling whenever we can, our exhibits staff decided to give life to antique audio-visual equipment, cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes and leftover parts of old exhibits and displays by reincarnating them into robots, just in time for Maker Faire. Check out this photo gallery for a sneak peek of the bots you’ll meet this weekend.

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Head down to the South Gallery of the Cincinnati History Museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 to take a trip on the Maker Train for just $1 per ride. Sorry, tall train enthusiasts: You must be no more than 52 inches tall for this thrill ride. But there’s plenty more to see and do this weekend for makers of all ages, so get your tickets now!


EepyBird to land at Maker Faire

EepyBird's live show from Maker Faire Detroit. Photo by Gary Malerba.

EepyBird’s live show from Maker Faire Detroit. Photo by Gary Malerba.

You might know about EepyBird’s extreme Coke and Mentos experiments from their viral videos, The Late Show with David Letterman, Ellen, the Today Show and Mythbusters, to name just a few. And next Saturday, you can catch them live at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire at Cincinnati Museum Center!

EepyBird will present their renowned Coke & Mentos geyser performance, “The EepyBird Coke Zero & Mentos Spectacular,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 in Museum Center’s North Parking Lot.

The performance is a live version of EepyBird’s famous “Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments.” But this show will be even bigger: When Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz don their lab coats and drop 540 Mentos mints into 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero, geysers of soda will erupt over 25 feet into the air. They call it “an unbelievable candy-powered version of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.” We call that something you won’t want to miss!

Admission to Maker Faire is free for Museum Center Members. Not a Member? Join today or buy an All Museums Pass in advance online to save and to make the most of your Maker Faire experience!

Application deadline extended!


Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2014 at Cincinnati Museum Center. Photo by Ziegelmeyer Photography.

Attention all inventors, tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts: The application deadline for this year’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire has been extended through June 30, 2015! We know you’ve got something you’ve been working on in your garage, basement or workshop and we want you to show it off. We’ve already received applications for so many incredible makers, but there’s still room for you to join us at Cincinnati Museum Center on Aug. 29 & 30. Click here to apply by June 30 and show off your ingenuity and creativity at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire returns to Cincinnati Museum Center!

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2014 at Cincinnati Museum Center. Photo by Ziegelmeyer Photography.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2014 at Cincinnati Museum Center. Photo by Ziegelmeyer Photography.

Calling all inventors, tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts! Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back and once again will be under the iconic dome of Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal on Aug. 29 and 30, 2015.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is a Cincinnati Museum Center-organized event that is part of the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE Magazine. According to MAKE, “Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” The event brings together amateur and professional inventors, artists, crafters, chemists, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will take place Aug. 29 and 30 at Cincinnati Museum Center, but we need you and your inventions, gadgets, creations and skills to make this year’s Mini Maker Faire better than ever. We are now accepting applications from all interested makers. The deadline to apply is June 12. Click here to apply.