Get Excited for Build It! and Bond at the Betts!

Build It! Architecture for Kids will be on view at The Betts House April 12 – August 23 2014. The exhibit, on loan from archKIDecture in Chicago, provides hands-on opportunities for children to explore architecture and construction.

The exhibit consists of nine modules presenting architectural subjects including roofs, tools, and shapes. Build It! encourages children to interact with each module, either on their own or by collaborating with other children or adults. Designed for children age three to twelve, the exhibit promotes visual literacy with activities on shapes, color, and symmetries.

In addition, a unique, fun, educational program on construction and building trades will be offered for youth group throughout the month of June. Bond at the Betts, an annual summer program at The Betts House, offers youth from local recreation and summer programs, a hands-on introduction to the building trades. The program, now in its 17th  year, has received national recognition with a 2008 Award of Merit from the American Architectural Foundation.


Bond at the Betts introduces youth to building trades through hands-on participation including mixing mortar, laying brick, blacksmithing, roofing, and an introduction to architecture. Qualified professionals with distinguished careers in their fields lead each sessions. 

Each session includes instruction on safety procedures, a demonstration by the session leader, and time for the youth to try out each trade themselves in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The instructors also discuss their respective fields, offering guidance on how to pursue a career in the building trades and what to expect on the job.

The Betts House, whose mission includes promoting the study of building materials and techniques, created this program to better connect the museum to neighboring communities. Participants are not charged to take part in Bond at the Betts. Grant funds are used for supplies.


Staff from recreational and other organized programs are welcome to contact us to learn the details and how to schedule a visit for this program. Reservations are required.Please contact us at info@thebettshouse.org or call 513-651-0734

Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries Exhibit Extended

Due to popular Demand the Betts House Museum is proud to extend the Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer exhibit to March 27th 2014. Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries is the first exhibit to explore the tunnels, breweries, buildings and people that made Cincinnati a leader in the 19th-century brewing industry. Through photos, charts and detailed narrative, the exhibit explains the technology and construction of Cincinnati’s breweries. Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer also highlights the social and cultural influences that made Cincinnati a brewing destination, such as immigration and labor. 

Cooking with Beer!

Come to the Betts House to enjoy a fun filled demonstration as S & J Bakery's Chef Stefan Skirtz presents Cooking With Beer! on Saturday January 25, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Learn how to enhance your recipes with special ingredients from Chef Stefan, who  regularly uses ingredients from Christian Moerlein Brewery in some of his favorite recipes. The S&J Bakery and Cafe, located at Historic Findlay Market specializes in hand-made pastries and breads baked fresh daily. For more information see www.sandjbakery.com

Cooking With Beer! is a special presentation offered in conjunction with the current exhibit Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries, now on view through March 27, 2014. Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer is the first exhibit to explore the tunnels, breweries, buildings and people that made Cincinnati a leader in the 19th-century brewing industry. Through photos, charts and detailed narrative, the exhibit explains the technology and construction of Cincinnati’s breweries.

Listermann’s Brewery Tour

Come to Listermann Brewing Company to enjoy a fun filled tour, see the inner workings of the brewery and learn about the history of Cincinnati beer making! On special display, enjoy select panels from the historic Betts House exhibit, Bricks, Barrel Vaults and Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries on Friday, February 7, from 5 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 8, from noon until 8 p.m.

Tour the brewery, learn about the history of beer brewing in Cincinnati, have a beer, check out Listermann’s great home brewing supplies and support Cincinnati’s oldest brick house!


WHEN:  Friday , Feb 7, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brewery tours will be available at 7 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 8, noon til 8 p.m., Brewery Tours 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 on Saturday
WHERE: Listermann Brewing Company, 1621 Dana Ave 45207, right across the street from Xavier University.
COST: $5 per person, proceeds to benefit the Betts House. Beer available for cost in the Listermann Tap Room, adjacent to the brewery facility.
WHY: Experience the new generation of Cincinnati brewing!   Listermann’s Brewery Tour is a special event offered in conjunction with the current Betts House exhibit Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries. The full exhibit is now on view through March 27, 2014 at the Betts House, located at 416 Clark Street, 45203.

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