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American Sign Museum

1330 Monmouth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45225
513-541-6366
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Ranked #11 of 87 attractions in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: We are home to a visual history of American Signage from 1870 through 1970. Hand carved wooden signs, gold leaf, electric light bulbs, and neon all... more » Owner description: We are home to a visual history of American Signage from 1870 through 1970. Hand carved wooden signs, gold leaf, electric light bulbs, and neon all grace our walls and tell amazing stories, especially when told by our founder and avid collector Tod. Take a trip down memory lane and visit us in the Camp Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati! « less
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Although not very large, the space is filled with large, lit signs grouped by period. Obviously a work of love backed by a deep appreciation and understanding of the sign industry and impacts of various design and technology evolutions.

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Chicago, Illinois
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was the last stop on our way out of Cincinnati and it made for the perfect road-trip send off—suddenly those fast food signs along the highway became a lot more interesting. I'm not really in the age group where these signs would be nostalgic to me but they were still amazing to see. What really made the museum were... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Exactly as the name implies, this museum focuses on American sign development from the pre-electric era to the present with fine examples. A one hour tour is done twice a day and is well worth the time. However, just walking through the museum is informative and nostalgic.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It's $15 per person which is way too much. They should only be charging about $5 per person. It is basically just two rooms full of signs. It took us 5 minutes to walk through it. The signs were cool but it was totally over-priced.

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Naperville, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Visited here with my husband & daughter and it was better than I expected: a unique look at American history through the signage of its businesses, from trade signs and barn sides right up through the heyday of neon. Very well-done!

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Van Wert, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is an unusual but worthwhile attraction. I would recommend taking the tour, to avoid having to read all the plaques, but either way it is a great attraction. The sign collection is spectacular, well kept and many are beautiful! The building is very large, and the display is laid out perfectly with a "Main Street" that is awesome. A... More

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Midlothian
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was a unique experience. To see so many signs from yesteryear brought back quite a few memories. My friends from Cincinnati did not know of the museum. They were very impressed. I would definitely recommend checking out this museum.

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New Jersey
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55 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a great place to visit. We took the tour and it was well worth the price of admission. The tour took you through the history of signs and explained in detail about each period of signage. The guy doing the tour was great and made the tour very interesting. After, the tour we went back and looked at... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Seeing all the old signs was cool , brought back a lot of memories. Love old neon signs , specially ones I had seen when they were being used by the business.

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Hellam, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very interesting and unique attraction. You must do the tour and the neon demonstration to get all the facts and history of how sign advertising has evolved in our country. The museum space is easy to walk through and offers many different varieties of signs and the evolution of paper signs to neon.

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