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American Sign Museum, Cincinnati

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The museum is home to the history of American signage over the last century. Signs from the late 1800's are hand painted and gold leafed. Milk glass letters illuminate the electric age alongside bare bulbs. The thirty's gave rise to neon signs and a rainbow of new signs. Post war, plastics became quite popular.

All these era's come together on Main Street, where we've recreated a streetscape you'll have to see to believe!

It's a great family activity, and the most unique party space in Cincinnati!

For information on guided tours and event, please visit our website!

http://www.americansignmuseum.org
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  • Really interesting to learn about all the different types of signs. Could be improved if the guide would tell different things than what the video said. 
    Really interesting to learn about all the different types of signs. Could be improved if the guide would tell different things than what the video said.  more »
  • Fantastic museum to a glorious past. The signs are all in amazing, pristine condition. And you have to tour at least twice to catch all the detail. Well worth the visit. 
    Fantastic museum to a glorious past. The signs are all in amazing, pristine condition. And you have to tour at least twice to catch all the detail. Well worth the visit.  more »
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  • Great place to see and learn about both local and American sign history. There are guided tours, a self guided tour option with audio, or you can just walk through yourself. There is also a movie area with narrations that includes how various lighted signs were made. You can make it a 30 minute visit or closer to an hour to hear and see more. There is also a gift shop with nostalgic items for all ages. Museum is great for all ages and don't forget to look around outside too! No food items. Restrooms are available and a few sit down areas to rest or gather.
  • If you're a sign technology geek (like this reviewer), this is a fascinating walk through high-profile, high-voltage sign evolution. Even if you have never before given electric signage a thought, you might be intrigued by how the signs you have seen all your life evolved. A fun half-day in Cincinnati (90 minutes to fast-walk it, 3 hours to make a slow detailed study). Self-guided tours are spaced out via reservations to keep the crowds controlled. You should take your car out of downtown parking to get here, a few Interstate exits away from downtown (but not as far as King's Island or the zoo).

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