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“Lots and lots of signs”

American Sign Museum
Ranked #7 of 183 things to do in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
Duluth, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lots and lots of signs”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

We enjoyed this museum of a different type. It did a good job of explaining evolving sign types through America's history. We kept wondering while we were there, with all of these flashing incandescent, florescent and neon lights, what an annual power bill looks like. They have 2 guided tours daily that we missed the time window of. It would be worth looking into trying to get into this group.

Visited August 2013
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“This museum is a gem and Cincinnati is lucky to have it”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

This is a comprehensive work in progress like no other...saving history, graphics, processes...memories. Support the museum...pass the word!

Visited November 2012
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Chicago
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“Boring and Pricey Museum”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

I must have been to a different museum than everyone else! I cannot recommend this museum to anyone. It was such the rip off. For $30 ($15/person), my husband and I spent less than 15 minutes going into the three to four rooms of signs. I just cannot figure out why everyone is recommending this. It's just 4 rooms with as many neon signs they could force into it. Do not waste your money here!

Visited August 2013
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Springfield, OH
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fascinating museum.”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

The American Sign Museum may be one-of-a-kind, which makes it all the more special. You will see signs that evoke memories from your childhood: Rexall, Mail Pouch Tobacco, Burma Shave... When calling for reservations, be sure to get the guided tour. Todd, the owner/developer of the museum is the tour guide (99% of the time according to the lady at the desk). Todd will show you how a whole rainbow of colors can be produced with neon and argon gases. He will point out details on the "Big Boy" statue that will make you study the statue more closely the next time you stop at a Big Boy Restaurant. If you get there at the right time, Todd can get you into the shop where craftsmen bend glass tubing into neon signs. Free parking, discounted tickets for seniors and AAA members.

Visited June 2013
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Lebanon, OH
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“Perfect gem of a small museum”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

If you enjoy visual arts, sign making, graphic design, or just cultural nostalgia, you will really love a visit to the American Sign Museum. The museum is apparently in a relatively new location, which was designed and renovated specifically to display the signs. The signs are arranged in chronological time periods, and very creatively displayed. There is ample room to view the signs from all sides, and the building itself was clearly done with a loving craftsman's hand-picture perfect. The last section is a "town square" or "streetscape" with signs displayed in situ and in shop windows. The Sign Museum has also partnered with a neon sign shop, which is a working shop, allowing you to view the craft of neon sign making first hand at the end of your tour. The day we visited, the tour guide was the museum's founder/director and former editor of Signs of Our Times, a trade magazine on the craft of sign making. He had a fantastic depth of knowledge and really enjoyed answering questions. In the neon shop one of the business's partners was working. He demonstrated the craft, and also had a lot of experienced wisdom on his trade to share, willingly answering questions, and at times illustrating his responses with demonstration. The trip was my 13 year old son's idea when we couldn't all agree on what to do with a day off, and he got high fives all around for this choice! We took about an hour and a half to go through with the tour and watch the neon demonstration. I have a couple of degrees in art history and have instructed at the college level, and I learned a lot. It was fun for everyone else, too, not pretentious, although it was educational. A bit off the beaten path as museum's go, but well worth a trip.

Visited August 2013
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