Hope Diamond Visits Cincinnati



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Cincinnati Museum Center News Release
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Feb. 20, 2018 Sabrina Silva

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Hope Diamond Visits Cincinnati

Upon the reopening of the museum, the Cincinnati Museum Center will showcase the Hope Diamond for a limited time.
CINCINNATI – The Hope Diamond will be making an appearance at the Cincinnati Museum Center for the reopening in spring 2018. The prestigious diamond will only be on display for a limited time following the reopening until fall 2018. The museum has been under restoration since July 2016.

The diamond currently holds its place in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. where it has been since 1958 after being donated to the museum by jeweler Harry Winston. Weighing in at 45.52 carats, the Hope Diamond is the world’s largest deep blue diamond. Since being donated to the Smithsonian, the diamond has only left the museum four times: once to be on display at the Louvre in Paris, another time when it was displayed in South Africa and the other two times it traveled to New York City for Harry Winston’s 50th anniversary and to be cleaned.



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The Hope Diamond is one of the Smithsonian’s main attractions.” said David J. Skorton, CEO of the Smithsonian Institution, “We are excited to share this exhibit with the Cincinnati Museum Center and to celebrate its reopening.”

The Cincinnati Museum Center began restoration after 83 years of weather damage took its toll. Without the restoration, the building would have deteriorated. It is undergoing a complete structural restoration that will help to preserve the building for the future as well as restoring its iconic exterior.

Exhibits that are currently in the museum include Umi the mummy, the dinosaur hall, the stem discovery lab and an exhibit in memory of Neil Armstrong. “It is a privilege to get to add the Hope Diamond to our collection,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center, “it carries so much history and it is the perfect limited time addition to the museum.”

For more information regarding ticket prices, times and information regarding the reopening, call the ticket office at (513) 278- 7001 or visit the Cincinnati Museum Center website at www.cincymuseum.org.

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