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American Sign Museum

Address: 1330 Monmouth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45225
Phone Number: 513-541-6366
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Ranked #6 of 64 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...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My daughter Janine, who is a graduate student at U.C., and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour today. Jonathan Swiger, Visitor Services Manager, was the tour guide for the 2pm tour. We were the only Canadians in the tour group of about 20 persons. Jonathan pointed out that we will never look at signs the same way again. He was correct!... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My daughter and I did the 2pm tour on Saturday. Reviews suggested that we attend the tour, which was a very good choice. The tour leader added a lot of interesting history and information that was not readily available on the plaques accompanying the signs. We had a very large tour group - probably due to the fact that it... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Plan to see during one of the guided tour times. In fact, you may want to call ahead to book a tour. It is best seen while on a tour. You will also see craftsmen demonstrate how to make neon signs. It is very cool and quite a surprise. With the tour and demonstration, give yourself about 2 hours to... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I've lived in Cincinnati for forty years, and didn't know this museum existed until very recently. Our daughter took me and my wife there as a Christmas gift. To be perfectly honest about it, I wasn't all that excited about visiting a sign museum. I'm really glad that I went along. This experience was more than a trip down memory... More 

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

All you need is about an hour to check out some really cool vintage signs from all over the country. Our tour guide, who I believe was also the founder of the museum, was extremely knowledgeable on the history of sign making and of the specific signs themselves. I highly recommend going during the times when tours are offered.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Normally I just go to fine art museums but this sign museum seemed too quirky to pass up. I am sure glad I didn't. The museum is professionally presented. The docent was very knowledgeable. (You can see the place without the tour but the tour is worth it so check the times on their website.) You will learn some interesting... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We really-really enjoyed this museum. I wish it had a different name..."Vintage Sign Museum" or "Olde Sign Museum" or "Ye Olde Sign Museum" or "Historical Sign Museum." The name of the place sounds kind of drab but once you go inside it is so interesting and unusual. A burst of vibrant colors and neon lights hits you when you walk... More 

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Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Outstanding museum,with a rich history in all things associated with signs. Amazing displays of art as advertising. Working neon light shop on the premises.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The American Sign Museum is a unique experience. Many years in the making. See the evolution of advertising signage. Many unique and rare examples of signs. A great place to host a private event or party.

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Whitewater, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in here after seeing the place on an NFL broadcast of the Bengals. The place has a great display of all forms of sign advertising, from Burma Shave signs to really beautiful gilded signs. They also had a nice focus on several well-known sign artists. Layout was most intriguing, as part of the place was laid out like a... More 

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