The Behringer-Crawford Museum is a unique setting for interactive learning! All permanent exhibits include touchable objects to supplement the learning process. Additionally, special activities and exhibits include historic toys and trains available for play.
See the Activities page for additional upcoming events!
Become a Junior Tour Guide
Children can tour the museum using our specially designed self-guided tour brochures. With the help of parents, our youngest visitors can follow a series of rhyming clues as they search the museum. Older children can discover the museum by finding the answers to questions about each room.
Holiday Toy Trains
Our most popular exhibit for children is scheduled from late November through early January each year. This interactive train display is perfect for small children. Our many seasonal programs and interactive zones throughout the museum are a great addition to the fun holiday toy trains.
Museum Fun Facts
Biggest Artifact: The Streetcar Kentucky
The streetcar "Kentucky" is believed to be the last four-wheel parlor car in original and operating condition in the United States. Built in the late 1800s as a standard car by the Brownell Car Company, the Kentucky was rebuilt as a first class, deluxe parlor car in 1911 complete with plush wicker chairs, carpeting, draperies, cherry paneling, and electric heat. The Kentucky was the last car to operate on the Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington Railway Line.
The car has undergone a complete restoration by the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and is located on the first floor of the museum’s 15,000 square foot expansion.
Gross Out a Kid: Shrunken Head
The shrunken head, from the Amazon Basin, was part of the original collection of this museum. Collected by William Behringer, a namesake of the museum, it exemplified the oddities and curiosities displayed in the early years of the museum (1950s).
Oldest Specimen: Ordovician Fossils
Our Ordovician fossils date to approximately 450 million years ago when the shallow, salt water Ordovician Sea covered Northern Kentucky. Visitors can discover our underwater prehistory through the museum's fossil collection and fossil hunts.
Weirdest artifact: our infamous Two Headed Calf!
Listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, this ca. 1916 Siamese calf was first exhibited at the Lewis Street “zoo” in Covington before making its home at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in 1950. The large Jersey calf, named "Dido," had 6 legs, 2 hearts, 2 brains, and 2 lungs as well as a head on each end of its body.
Oldest Artifact: Paleolithic Tools
Paleo-Americans called Northern Kentucky home some 10,000 years ago. The museum dedicates multiple display spaces to the lifestyles and cultures of our early inhabitants. At our Interactive Kiosk, Kids can learn all about how these early cultures lived and hunted large vertebrate animals. Look around Behringer-Crawford Museum - can you find examples of these animals?