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Press Release

Cincinnati Art Museum installed two new beehives on the museum grounds in a partnership with the Queen City Pollinator Project.



For $5, you have the opportunity to name one of the 60,000 bees who will reside in the museum’s two hives.

Give $10, and you can name a bee as well as receive a special wildflower seed packet.  Sow directly into your ground and be rewarded with beautiful blooms all season long.


Click here to Adopt a Bee or Text BEES to 41444


Your bee name could be entered into our Instagram story contest to name the queen bee. Names will be randomly chosen.


Thank you for your support of the museum’s overall community wellness initiatives! Honeybees support the health of the entire community. Pollinators are a vital part of a balanced ecosystem. Nearly all pollinators are suffering from declining populations and installing hives protects and supports them.


For More Information About Our Bees

Where are the hives located? The hives sit amidst a pollinator garden, a foot off the ground in a mulch bed near the Longworth administrative wing on the west side of the building. Additional hives may be added in the future.

How far can the bees travel? These “friendly” bees which rarely sting can travel up to three miles from their hive, so the museum’s bees may be seen all over the city.

What will happen with the honey produced by the bees? In future years, sweet success with the program might mean the museum bees produce honey to use and sell. This could mean future Terrace Café recipes highlighting honey and some jars to purchase in the Museum Shop.




The Women’s Committee of the Cincinnati Art Museum is the hive sponsor

The Women’s Committee supports the Cincinnati Art Museum by offering informative programs for members, promoting participation in Museum activities, and raising funds. Since its inception in 1973, the Women’s Committee has financially assisted with art purchases, special exhibitions and other Museum needs. Learn more about the Women’s Committee.


The program is supported by the Green Team at the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Green Team was founded in early 2019 by an interdepartmental team of museum staff dedicated to creating sustainable practices within the Cincinnati Art Museum. As a starting point, the team took steps to create a culture of sustainability among the staff at the museum. Learn more on our blog post.


This is in partnership with Queen City Pollinator Project (QCPP)

QCPP challenges businesses in Greater Cincinnati to become community leaders in environmental sustainability and challenges every citizen to take action to protect and support pollinators in their own yards. Learn more at