From fighter planes and farms to photography and sharks, there is a plethora of museums to choose from this summer. Try out these options to get a little culture for the whole family.

A great place to start an enlightening adventure is the Taft Museum of Art where children always get in free, and everyone gets in free on Wednesdays. Summer camps at the Taft are a fun way for kids to get creative through making and learning about art. New exhibits can entertain the whole family, like TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945 (May 21-Aug. 8) and Turner Watercolors from the Taft Collections (May 28-July 25). Families can buy memberships for $60.

The Heritage Village Museum in Sharonville is a living history museum depicting life in the 19th century. Buildings were moved from around the region to create a village where tasks like soap making, weaving, gardening, printing and carpentry are demonstrated. Day camps are also a fun option for kids ages 6-13.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center can be an educational experience for all ages. Some must-see features include the short film “Brothers of the Borderland,” the reconstructed slave
holding pen and “The Struggle Continues,” which looks at modern injustices. For the smaller ones, come on May 15 to hear Cincinnati Children’s Theater member Deondra Means telling favorite children’s stories at a free event. Family memberships are $65.

The Cincinnati Museum Center is home to three museums, changing exhibits and the OMNIMAX theater. This summer, take in the “Under the Sea” OMNIMAX film or the dazzling GOLD exhibit (through May 12). Kids and families always have fun at the Nature’s Trading Post section of the Museum of Natural History and Science which teaches children about responsible collecting and preservation of the environment. Family memberships are $130.

On the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, visit the UnMuseum at the Contemporary Arts Center for Thursday Art Play. Family Saturdays are also a great opportunity for kids and caregivers to join an artist in inventing projects. Family memberships are $65.

First Family Saturdays at the Cincinnati Art Museum are great for scavenger hunts, art making and artist demonstrations — plus, they’re free. Other events like Culture Kids (hands-on workshops for preschoolers) and Art in the Making (for kids and parents) are fun activities. The Art Museum is also home to Artworld, a free, interactive learning space for children. Family memberships are $75.

Start off a hot summer day at the very cool Newport Aquarium by watching the March of the Penguins at 10:15 a.m. The Touch Pool is another great place to get up close and personal with sharks and other ocean creatures, while the Rainforest exhibit displays otters and lorikeet birds. Build-your-own annual passes are customizable for families.

To get off the beaten path, visit Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, which is not just a farm — it’s also an outdoor education center. Gorman teaches about history, methods and values of farming to visitors. For a fun and educational experience this summer, try a tour of the farm or send the kids to summer camp there during the day. Family memberships to the farm are $50.

Another unique experience is the Tristate Warbird Museum in Batavia, which is a nonprofit aviation museum that honors military service members. It houses several historic aircrafts as well as related artifacts, educational materials and a brick “Walk of Veterans” to recognize military personnel. Family membership passes are $50.