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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: We are home to a visual history of American Signage from 1870 through...
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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Loads of old signs

If you want to see the history of signs, this is the place. There are signs from the 20's to 80's and others. Twice a day they do a guided tour explaining the development of neon... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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WINNIPEG
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

If you want to see the history of signs, this is the place. There are signs from the 20's to 80's and others. Twice a day they do a guided tour explaining the development of neon and argon signs, the arrival of different colours, variety of setups, shapes and sizes. They have purchased or have received donations of old signs... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

John and the rest of the crew here really know their stuff! Yes, there's construction in the area, but there is a heads-up on their website. We arrived after 12, and missed the 11:00 tour. We took the self-guided tour, but felt like we were missing something. The museum is really unique (it's the only museum in the USA that... More 

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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the American Sign Museum while in Cincinnati and found it interesting, educational and nostalgic all at the same time. They had a few signs that I remember as a kid and the 30 minute tour was interesting. The tour took us through time on how different signs were made from neon up to the modern LED signs of... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

What a fantastic place!!! Every corner, every turn and every straightaway in this place tells the story of American business and the urban environment. The collection starts from early signs which represented the nature of the merchants' goods and service with oversize representations of hats or watches, etc It follows with exposed bulb signs and continues on with a huge... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I would definitely call ahead and reserve a spot on the guided tour. I mean, the signs are cool on their own, but the tour guide puts them in context by telling their history in the order that the various genres were used. It's a great way to spend an afternoon when you just have to get out of the... More 

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Lorain, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Even if you have no links to signpainting (or 'signmaking' as it is referred to now, as few people actually paint!) you will be delighted by the variety of signs located in and around this establishment. For a very reasonable fee you get a history of signmaking, an education about sign-making techniques and materials, and an adorable recreation of a... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My wife and I went with another couple to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. Not knowing what to expect, we were very pleasantly surprised by this wonderful place. They must have traveled the entire country to acquire these amazing signs, many of which gave us overwhelming feelings of nostalgia. Our group represented ages 38-41, and we all really enjoyed... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A special friend visited this museum. His goal in life was to make people smile. His memorial celebration was held here - he would have loved the party!

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Belfast Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We visited and were educated and entertained by the depth of the displays and the color and excitement and warmth. Anyone would have a great time. They have a live working for real neon shop on premises and we went in as part of the 2:00 tour and it was ILLUMINATING! I recommend to take the tour. Thanks to all.

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Cincinnati
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91 reviews 91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Neat to see. Tour was great, and a must do if you go. Wish we would have gone on day when neon shop was open. Our 12yr old enjoyed it, but young kids would probably be bored.

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