American Sign Museum
American Sign Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Write a review
About
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!
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

See what other travelers are saying
  • ohioemt10
    Fairborn, Ohio95 contributions
    Neon nostalgia
    Soaking in a bit of nostalgia through some warm neon lights was a perfect stop along our route today. The husband and I made a quick loop through the Cincinnati area for something new to do. While the concept is simple (old store and business signs), you can't help but be sucked down memory lane. Enjoy reading about the history of businesses, signs themselves, and even lettering and practices used creating the unique works of art. I also enjoyed being able to see the workshop where they could create or repair signs. The store is located in a commercial area and has onsite parking. The building is clean and wheelchair accessible. Cost was $15 per adult and several discounts were also offered. How much time you want to spend depends on how involved you get with the details.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2022
  • Theresa P
    10 contributions
    “Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign”
    The amount and quantity of the exhibits was amazing. 90% of the exhibits were vintage and authentic. The rest were done by professional sign makers on brick walls and signs created for the outdoors to advertise the museum. The pieces were examples of painted, plastic, and neon signs. From the very tiny to the huge McDonalds sign, they were all fascinating. The entry prices were reasonable with scaled costs according to age, and the gentleman at the desk seemed very excited to answer my questions.
    Written January 21, 2023
  • hrobinson1114
    Nashville, Tennessee2,675 contributions
    Amazing neon paradise!
    This museum is a dream! This small, unique little gem is exactly what the title implies: a museum full of classic signs. Neon signs, glass signs, plastic signs, movie posters, and more, from many different decades. They usually give tours, which receive good reviews, but due to COVID they had an audio tour instead. It was well done and interesting, and is on their website, so I recommend bringing headphones or airpods. Really cool signs like this don’t exist in practicality anymore, so this will be like a trip back in time. They also have a main street type exhibit, where signs are set up like they would be in a town. There is also an on site neon shop (neon signs have to be made by hand), where they restore and make signs. You probably only need an hour or hour and a half to see this place, but it’s very worthwhile, and you can tell the founders really care about this place. Also plenty of cool photo ops. Very reasonable entrance fee of 15 dollars—where else will you see something like this?! COVID has changed things, but this place normally allows for paid photo shoots and events. Would make a great venue! Please support this local museum!
    Written September 25, 2020
These reviews are the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor checks reviews for fraud.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
862 reviews
Excellent
609
Very good
200
Average
40
Poor
8
Terrible
5

lauren h
25 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
Overwhelming with all the signs crammed in. Really cool signs, many I was familiar with. The displays have info on multiple signs, but sometimes finding the sign to match the text was scrambled for where your eyes want to go. Good explanations on different types of signs and methods for creating.

There’s a shop in the back where they were working on creating or repairing signs. There is a Main Street that has been recreated, but with some larger signs in the middle. It was decorated for Christmas, including windows paint that sometimes blocks the displays. While the paint makes it more authentic for a Main Street, it detracts from the displays.

There is a small children’s area with books on museums and signs, coloring sheets and crayons, along with smaller chairs and tables.

Gift shop is small, but had magnets for $5-7, tin signs at $10, shirts, hoodies, postcards, enamel pins, and one shot glass design.
Written November 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

RD_Ohio
Bellbrook, Ohio, United States123 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited this on a Saturday and there is a steady stream of people coming in and leaving. It is large enough to handle groups. There are signs from many decades that are so cool to see. The museum starts with an area with a history of all the sign types, then it progresses with excellent displays that are created like an old main street with the signs displayed. You can use the headsets and listen to a tour via your phone or use a printed info copy. Grab a sheet for the scavenger hunt - that is fun too!
Written August 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

BillerinCO
Seymour, TN86 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
This is a small museum, we spent 1.5 hours here, listening to the tour and reading all information. We enjoyed learning about how the signs are made and work. We visiting during Covid and even though you have to have a reservation people still come right up to where you are standing. There are markers on the floor and plenty of other things that can be seen while waiting for others to get through. Not the museums fault. We went during the week to try and avoid so many people
Written March 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sam D
Lebanon, PA150 contributions
Mar 2022
Small but mighty, this museum is packed with interesting old signs from different decades and made of different materials. There are so many signs that it can seem a little overwhelming at first, but it is truly remarkable looking at all these pieces of history. I was shocked by how large some of the signs are up close! Although they have restrictions on professional photography/cameras, it is a cool photo spot for personal photos. While there were a decent number of visitors, it never felt too crowded. We spent about an hour here, and I think the price is reasonable for the amount of time you spend here.

The museum is accessible to those with mobility issues.
Written April 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Michael B
Louisville, KY68 contributions
Feb 2022
A great place to visit for an hour or so. The elements that go into neon and advertising are fascinating when presented the way the museum lays them out. Fun memories of times past! Can be a little overwhelming with all there is to see, so allow more time if this topic is of more interest!
Written February 27, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,809 contributions
Dec 2020
This is a gem in the Queen City! I am glad I went while visiting. It may sound boring, but trust me, the experience is worth the visit. They have free parking on site, the prices are decent, and, in addition to the commentary offered they also have some scavenger hunts to do while walking through the exhibits.
Written December 20, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

krogersku
Johnston, IA540 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
On vacation our family visits a lot of museums. Most of the time I get the standard “Oh dad, not another museum” line. The American Sign Museum was unique in that everyone seemed to enjoy it. The museum is small and takes about an hour to visit. Kids did the scavenger hunt which kept them engaged. Amazing vintage neon signs, why did we ever give these up for plastic?? Restoration shop onsite where you can watch them work restoring old signs. Only thing missing from this place is a vintage bubbler jukebox.
Written June 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

CharlieV2011
Chicago, IL1,584 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
I really enjoyed my visit here! Upon entry, the museum provides a website that is the guided tour tour, so bring your headphones. The museum exhibits signs that were visible in America between the late 1800’s and the 1970’s. The guided tour explains the differences in displays during this time period. Many of the signs come with information displays that give details about when it was functional, where it came from, and the business it advertised for. The museum took me about an hour to go through. If you like history and want a trip down memory lane, this is a great attraction if you are in Cincinnati.
Written December 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

cool_teacher590
Dayton, OH197 contributions
Aug 2022
This isn't a huge museum, but it is packed full of signs. What a fun and unique place to visit. You can spend plenty of time taking in all the nostalgia. Placards explain many of the signs and the techniques and there's also an audio tour. It was clean and the staff was friendly. There's a small gift shop you can visit. The museum also has its own free parking lot, which is nice because the neighborhood isn't the best. All in all, this is a great place to visit! I highly recommend it if you're in the Cincinnati area.
Written August 22, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,965 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Although I have been here before my wife has not. It’s a small museum, however, I noticed that they had some new signs. That’s good to see. It’s a well laid out museum with some classic old neon signs plus other old ornate signs from the past. They used to have guided tours by docents but I believe they are only conducted on the weekends now. It will only take between 30- 45 minutes to see everything. Still, it’s a unique museum in Cincinnati that has been overshadowed by the other attractions in the Queen City. But for something unusual to do and see give this place a look.
Written March 4, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 848
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

American Sign Museum (Cincinnati) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Frequently Asked Questions about American Sign Museum

American Sign Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM