Permanent Exhibit
History at Home: The Story of the Betts Family, the West End, and Cincinnati, explains how the once-country home of the Betts family is now nestled among other 19th and 20th century dwellings in the Betts Longworth Historic District, just a few blocks from busy downtown Cincinnati. History at Home was made possible through a generous anonymous donation.

Current Exhibit

Back for another round!! The Betts House is pleased to announce its winter 2015 exhibit, Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries, on view January 10 through May 7, 2015. The exhibit will explore brewery architecture in Cincinnati, the impact of technology on the function and construction of breweries, and examine how the buildings functioned within the city. Ideas for the future redevelopment of Cincinnati’s remaining brewery buildings will also be explored.

Befitting a city where beer consumption was once 2½ times the national average, Cincinnati has one of the largest collections of pre-Prohibition brewery buildings in the United States. Breweries in Cincinnati were not contained in one physical structure, instead they included numerous facilities such as brewhouses, bottling plants, malt houses, barrel houses, stables, saloons, lagering cellars, residences, and farms. Breweries were connected by tunnels, cut into hillsides, and dug deep below the dense urban fabric of the city. Although early brewery buildings were un-adorned, as the industry increased in size and economic impact, breweries celebrated their function with elaborately decorated buildings.

The exhibit is created in partnership with The Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation and supported, in part, by grants from the Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee; the John Hauck Foundation; and the Ohio Humanities Council.

Summer Exhibit

Build It! Architecture for Kids will be on view at The Betts House May 19 – August 22, 2015. 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.

Children will be able to design a tree house, decorate a skyscraper, create a floor plan, and more. Brightly colored, child-sized modules explore math concepts by using tessellations, ornament design, symmetry, scale, proportion, and composition. Children will explore familiar geometric shapes to better understand the properties of materials and structures. Through the manipulation of materials, children will be empowered to build, draw and create. In addition to the hands-on activities, interpretative panels explain the work of an architect and basic architectural concepts.

In addition to the exhibit, The Betts House will also have periodic special Saturday activities, Family Fun Saturdays which will be announced on our calendar.  These activities for children and families include hands-on programs on roofing and other trades as well as story times and craft activities.

Traveling Exhibits
The Betts House makes its past exhibits available for loan to museums, historic sites, libraries, community centers, cultural centers, and other venues.

Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries
The Big Shake: How the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes Rocked the Ohio River Valley (Available for loan)
From Tenements to Townhouses: Multi-Family Housing in Cincinnati (Available for loan)
Great Cincinnati Families at Home (Available for loan)
More Great Cincinnati Families at Home (Available for loan)
Endangered Cincinnati: Can These Buildings Be Saved (Available for loan)
Lost Cincinnati: Why Buildings Die  (Available for loan)
Cincinnati's Decorative Iron Age (Available for loan)

For more on travelling exhibits, click here.

Past Exhibits
Build It!April 12-August 23, 2014
Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries+*, Oct. 12 - March 27, 2014
ArchiteXploration* August 24- October 3, 2013
Build It!*, April 13 - July 27, 2013
Forward Into The Past*, January 12 - February 28, 2013
Urban Landscapes*, October 13 - November 29, 2012
Green Building Signage Project*, September 29 – October 9, 2012
Soul of the City*, August 11 - September 22, 2012
Cincinnati Vibrant Visions*, June 9 - July 14, 2012
The Big Shake: How the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes Rocked the Ohio River Valley+, September 23, 2011 - May 31, 2012
Cincinnati Modernism*, August 13 - September 15, 2011
Style & Whimsy - An exhibit of student work from St. Ursula Academy*, July 8 - August 4, 2011
The Art of Alan Grizzell: Over the Rhine*, May 7 – June 30, 2011
Vanishing Cincinnati*, February 12 – April 23, 2011
Picturing a Healthy Girl*, January 29 - February 10, 2011
Recent Paintings by Marcia Alscher*, November 27, 2010 – January 6, 2011
From Queen City to Porkopolis: Prints of Cincinnati, 1860 – 1890*, October 2 – November 18, 2010
From Tenements to Townhouses: Multi-Family Housing in Cincinnati+, April 17 – September 30, 2010
HOME WORK: An Exhibit of New Work by VisuaLingual*, February 20 – April 8, 2010
Exploring Cincinnati*, October 3 – November 19, 2009
More Great Cincinnati Families at Home+, April 25 through September 30, 2009
Cincinnati: A Glimpse from the Past*, January 6 – March 31, 2009
Great Cincinnati Families at Home+, May 16 through October 31, 2008
Endangered Cincinnati+, 2006
Lost Cincinnati+, 2005
The Changing Cultural Landscape of the West End+, 2004
George Washington: Architect*, 2003
Windows of Change+, 2000
The Comforts of Home? Fireplaces in the 19th Century House+, 1999
Cincinnati’s Decorative Iron age: Defining Space+, 1998
A Permanent Bond: Bricks in Cincinnati before 1840+, 1997
Urban Archaeology at Betts-Longworth+, 1996

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