Welcome to the American Sign Museum!
The health and safety of our guests and staff are paramount at all times. When visiting we encourage the following based on recommendations by the Ohio Department of Health:
Masks and Social Distancing are Recommended: As of 2/10/22 facial coverings are recommended but no longer required.
Disposable masks are available at the Front Desk and social distancing markers are in place throughout the Museum.
Advanced Timed-Entry: With advanced ticket purchases, simply print your tickets at home or present your e-ticket on your smart phone. Reservation confirmations will include a specific time to arrive and information about what to expect on your visit. Please arrive at the Museum within the time block listed on your ticket and then enjoy the Museum at your leisure.
Smaller groups: Due to small galleries and tight spaces, we cannot admit groups larger than 10 during our normal operating hours at this time.
Prevent the spread of germs: Hand-sanitizer units are available throughout the building.
**An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is extremely contagious. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all the precautions listed above**
Visit the American Sign Museum
The American Sign Museum is 20,000 square feet of more than a century of American signage. From early, pre-electric signs adorned in goldleaf, to the earliest electric signs, to beautiful art-deco neon, to the modern plastic-faced sign, the museum covers it all. Expect to spend at least an hour exploring the history of this always-seen, but virtually unnoticed, industry. Stroll down your personal memory lane!
Free - Members
$15 - Adult
$10 - Seniors (65+)
$10 - Youth (13 - 18)
$10 - Military/First Responder
Three Children (12& Under) are free with each paid adult. Limit of three children per each paying adult.
*Please note these rates do not apply to field trips and private tours.
Visitors are welcome to:
·Take casual photos for personal use only;
· Use cell phones and tablets;
· Post images from their visits on personal social media sites as long as they are not used for profit.
All cameras including models with detachable lenses, film cameras, as well as equipment such as tripods, selfie sticks, and ring lights, will not be allowed inside the Museum.
Cell phones and tablets are the only devices permitted for photography during normal hours of operation.
If Museum staff notices visitors with the prohibited equipment, the visitor will be asked to return the equipment to their vehicle for storage.
Visitors may not:
·Bring a designated photographer to shoot portrait-style photography*;
· Distract or block other guests from enjoying the collection;
· Touch any of the signs or objects in the collection;
· Sell or publish images taken at the ASM. Stock photography and retail items containing images of the Museum's collection are never permitted.
ASM staff have the authority to approach and verify the intent of photography and to enforce the photography policy. If any individual/group does not comply with the above conditions, the ASM reserves the right to deny permission to photograph and may request the individual/group leave the premises and forfeit their admission fee.
The ASM is happy to work with pre-arranged photography groups. Please refer to the sidebar for information on scheduling a private or commecial shoot.
*The ASM defines portrait photography as: all posed portraiture with a designated professional or amateur photographer, whether the photographer is paid or unpaid. Examples of portrait photography include: wedding, engagement, senior portrait, family portrait, headshots, model shoot, proposal, anniversary, etc. The ASM reserves the right to further define portrait photography on a case-by-case basis.
Get an in-depth experience of the Museum with one of the tour guides every Saturday at 12:30pm or 2:30pm. The 45 minute walking tour will encompass 100 years of sign history, from the late 1800’s up through the 1970’s. Tour guides will tell the stories behind the signs as well as explain how signs were made and why different materials and processes were used. Bring your questions and come ready to learn!
Private Group Visits
We're happy to offer reservations for private group visits outside of normal hours of operation. The museum is open to the public WED-SAT 10am-4pm; SUN 12pm-4pm. By arriving either before or after the museum opens to the public we can ensure each group is able to enjoy the collection or guided tour free from distractions. We do require a minimum group size of 15 or more visitors to qualify for a private group visit. Requesting additional programming, such as a staff-led tour, does require an additional fee. For more information and booking please e-mail email@example.com or call 513-701-2191.
Virtual Group Tour
Looking for your virtual book club, friends night, or cocktail party activity? Tour the Museum virtually with your group during an online guided tour. A member of the Museum staff will join your group on the video chat platform of your choice for a 45-60 minute presentation that will include plenty of time for questions.
Highlights tour- this presentation includes a video tour of the collection and stories about some of the most popular signs
Spotlight on Main Street: The Rise and Fall of Howard Johnsons- this presentation dives into the history of Howard Johnsons through the signs in the Museum's collection
Spotlight on Main Street: Who is Speedee?- this presentation looks at the origins of McDonald's and how the Museum acquired its McDonald's sign
Spotlight on Main Street: The Evolotuion of the Big Boy - this presentation explores the complicated origins of the Big Boy and how they affected the mascot's design
Vitrual tour session fee: $20 for members to book for their group; $35 for non members to book for their group
For more information and to book your virtual group tour, please contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-701-2185
FOOD & DRINK
For the safety of the collection, food and drinks are not permitted in the exhibition areas.
The Museum is accessible for those with limited mobility. The entire collection resides on one floor that's easy to navigate. The Museum does not have wheelchairs or motorized carts available; however, guests can bring their own. There are chairs throughout the Museum as well.
Certified service animals are welcome; however, we ask that all non-certified animals remain at home.
Braille book tours are available in the tour stand near the Admissions desk.
Guests who may have difficulty with blinking or flashing lights will need to use discretion.
To access the Museum from north of Cincinnati, take I-75 South to exit 3, Hopple Street. Turn right at the exit. Then turn right onto Colerain Avenue. Then take a left on Monmouth Avenue. The Museum’s parking lot is at the first entrance on the right, through the black gate.
To access the Museum from south of Cincinnati, take I-75 North to exit 3, Hopple Street. Turn left at the exit. Then turn right onto Colerain Avenue. Then take a left on Monmouth Avenue. The Museum’s parking lot is at the first entrance on the right, through the black gate.
To access the Museum from downtown Cincinnati, take Central Parkway north. Turn left at Monmouth Avenue. Continue on Monmouth, through Colerain Avenue. The Museum’s parking lot is at the first entrance on the right, through the black gate.
Please be sure to double check that the address you are using is for 1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225. Some GPS may try to take you to the Monmouth Ave in Kentucky.
The Museum has a free parking lot. There is also street parking available on Monmouth Avenue. Handicapped parking spaces are along the side of the building, closer to our side lobby entrance. Buses and motor coaches must park on Monmouth Avenue, without blocking the entrance to NeonWorks of Cincinnati.