The American Sign Museum is more than just dream Instagram fodder (although there are scores of picture-perfect photo ops here.) It's also a really well-thought-out look at the history of the sign from marketing/advertising, design, and craftmanship perspectives before and after the advent of neon. The amount of time and effort put into preserving and restoring the displays here is incredibly admirable, as well.
“Only public sign museum in the USA!”
Come take a walk down Memory Lane and experience the only public sign museum in America. The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, preserves, archives, and displays a collection of signs. The museum also displays the equipment utilized in the design and manufacture of signs. The museum displays more than 500 historic signs collected by Tod Swormstedt who started work on the museum in 1999.
SO COOL! Wander and be dazzled, or move from section to section of this thoughtfully organized space and observe how they've grouped things historically. You can take an hour-long tour, too, to get even more deets. Once you move through the museum portion (low ceiling) you'll enter the "main street" that Todd and the Sign Museum re-created in huge scale with massive original signs in the middle of the museum. It's insane. All of these storefronts have been painstakingly created around a theme, and all of the windows serve as display cases for smaller items organized around a single method, era, or topic. Super cool. Slow down and enjoy it!! Then peer through the only "real" storefront on the main street to see the working neon factory in action.
Tod from the American Sign Museum + his insanely extensive sign collection from the light bulb period to neon and plastic make this museum one of the coolest I've ever been to (Smithsonian's included...) Take a tour (Wed-Sun beginning at 11am) and get a whole lot of information about sign makers from the early 1900's until today. It's visually so appealing and great for getting your instagram game back on par. If you happen to pass through Cincinnati on a Monday or Tuesday it's still worth it to stop in at Neonworks. They are neon sign-makers with a shop inside the museum, and they'll show you the real tricks of the trade from bending glass to injecting gas.
If you're looking to see a little of that roadside charm but don't have the time or money to travel across route 66? Well the American Sign Museum takes the hard work out of vintage roadside nostalgia. As you enter you're bathed in that warm fuzz light from about 100 signs, the museum zigs and zags its way through sign after sign. A really cool spot to check out.
This is such a cool place! I went to an event here and it was such a cool venue. If you're looking for something a little offbeat and different, I'd definitely go check out the sign museum for a couple of hours. It's super warm and cozy inside, can imagine it being a good spot to visit on a blustery winter day. There's a shop in the front with some cool t-shirts and other gift stuff too.
Great place. I got there at 11 for their hour tour of the place and it was definitely worth it. She went through the signs and their history. Learned a lot. Worth the stop.
I loved everything about this quirky museum! I recommend taking the guided tour as you'll appreciate the signs so much more when you learn the different techniques they used to make them. It'll make you notice signs in a whole new way. Great photo opportunities inside. I love that this art form has been appreciated and preserved in this museum.
The American Sign Museum is an amazing collection of neon and nostalgia. I haven't been to this new location, but I assume they just got more space to spread out and add more signs. I can't wait to go again.
A wacky, wonderful spot to spend an hour or two- never seen anything like it!
Such an interesting spot that it's hard to believe that a collection like this could be in Cincinnati. Any kind of sign you can think of from every era, and the guided tour gives you an excellent history lesson. Perfect way to spend an afternoon.
If you're a sign junkie, this is the place for you. So much neon you won't believe it! I have never seen this much neon outside of Vegas.
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American Sign Museum
- Wed - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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