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American Sign Museum

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Address: 1330 Monmouth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45225
Phone Number: 513-541-6366
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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We are home to a visual history of American Signage from 1870 through 1970....

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!

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Prepare To Be Amazed!

Well worth a visit. This place has an amazing collection of signs well organized and displayed. We took a conducted tour followed by a visit to Neon Works arranged by our tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
60993John
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a visit. This place has an amazing collection of signs well organized and displayed. We took a conducted tour followed by a visit to Neon Works arranged by our tour guide. Fascinating demonstration of how neon signs are made. Just remember to look up! Lots of the signs are overhead.

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Cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the museum, I think you get the most out of it by joining the tour which is included in the admission, we caught the 11 am one. We were able to see a demo of making a neon sign by a company that is housed on site. That was the real treat, I am not sure if... More 

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Thank CinciVick
Warren, Ohio
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When staying in Cincinnati I heard about this place so I had to check it out. I was amazed at all the different signs they have. Some old ones brought back some memories and some wow I had forgotten about. A great place to relax and take in some fun history.

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Thank Michael T
Ottawa, Ohio
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived about a half hour before closing time. No curator to show us around and offer interesting information. No one was working in the neon works. While all of the displays were interesting and nostalgic it really wasn't much of a thrill.

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Thank Lauri I
Greenfield, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The signs were the main draw for me, but to my surprise the tour was quite enlightening (pun intended). I recommend doing the docent led tour as it gives you the history behind what you are looking at.

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Thank Lisa H
Singapore, null, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great collection of signs, especially relevant to older generations but interesting for people of all ages. Look ahead for the tour times because the 30-minute tour is key to enjoying it. I will say I thought it was a bit expensive at $14/person.

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Thank MagsCoops
Westerville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I made this one of our stops for our weekend in Cincinnati, it was disappointing. It was $15 a piece to get in, should have been $10. While the signs were interesting, you can literally buzz through this in about 45 minutes. I would highly recommend the offered tour, but had no idea it was going on... More 

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Erlanger, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is unique, and the curators are interesting and informative. This is not just a look at some old signs. It is a walking history lesson about changing styles of advertising and the "sign" communication media. Fun couple of hours. The area of town looks run-down, but the museum is up-to-date and well maintained.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

My son's new favorite show is American Pickers so when we learned of this new museum, we knew we had to go. So much fun. Take the time for the guided tour. So much history on sign industry. Who knew? Very interesting and fun aspects of Americana! I highly recommend this museum in Cincy!

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Thank txbucki
Lansing MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I'm a sign guy, I love old signs. While driving to Cincy, my wife mentions to me there is a sign museum in town. While looking at it, she says I'm going to wet myself. She was nearly correct. It's a terrific place to spend an hour or so; I love my signs but I love my ADD too and... More 

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