Welcome back to the American Sign Museum. We have been thoughtfully preparing for our reopening, following health and safety recommendations, including Responsible RestartOhio protocols outlined by the Ohio Department of Health. And while we recognize your experience at the American Sign Museum may be slightly different, and still may change again in the future, we want to greet our friends under the safest possible conditions.
Enjoy your visit!
When will the American Sign Museum re-open?
The Sign Museum is excited to welcome our members back beginning, Wednesday, July 1 through Sunday, July 5 with regular operating hours of Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, noon – 4:00 pm. Please note the Museum will be closed on July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Public hours will resume on Wednesday, July 8.
What protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of guests and employees?
To ensure your personal safety and community health, we require the following protocols:
Are advanced or timed tickets required?
Due to significantly reduced capacities, we strongly recommend purchasing timed tickets before your visit. 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.
Will the American Sign Museum offer special hours for seniors or high-risk groups?
Yes! Beginning Wednesday, July 8, every Wednesday and Thursday morning between 10:00 am – 12:00 noon will be reserved for these groups to ensure their safety while enjoying a walk down Memory Lane.
Are temperature checks required?
Yes. To ensure personal safety and community health, all guests will be screened. Anyone with temperatures of 100.4 or higher will be asked to visit another time.
Can I use cash to purchase tickets or Gift Shop merchandise?
For your personal safety and health, we recommend using credit or debit cards as we strive to offer a low-touch experience. However, we will accept cash.
Will the Sign Museum still offer those great guided tours throughout the day?
Sadly, in recognition of social distancing protocols, the ever-popular guided tours are suspended until further notice. However, we are proud to offer two versions – an audio version and printed version that can printed at home or viewed on your smart phone. We strongly recommend bringing your own headphones for the audio tour. Also at this time the Neonworks Demonstration has temporarily been cancelled.
Can I leave my bags with the admissions staff or in the coat check?
To ensure your safety and community health, not at this time. Because the coat check is closed, we ask all large bags be kept in your vehicle and coats be worn or carried.
Will the American Sign Museum still be the same enjoyable experience for the whole family?
Of course! You will see a few, minor adjustments as social distancing is required and will be enforced. Family groups must be limited to ten or less and all parties must remain together throughout the extent of your visit.
In summary, the health and safety of our guests and staff are paramount at all times. When visiting, you will find the following protocols in place:
- Visitor capacity reduced at or below 25% occupancy at any time.
- Social-distancing markers in place at the visitor entrance, admissions, and elsewhere.
- A temperature check for all guests at the entrance.
- Acrylic panels in front of the admissions desk.
- Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
- Hand-sanitizer units stationed throughout the building.
- Staff will be required to wear masks. Disposable masks available for purcahse at the Front Desk for $1.00
We are learning right along with you about how to best operate to keep each other safe and healthy. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
**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 - 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. Please fill out our online form HERE for a custom quote.
Due to COVID-19 distancing requirements, photo shoots of any size are no longer permitted during regular Museum operating hours. Private photo shoots may be scheduled before or after regular Museum hours, or on Mondays or Tuesdays when the Museum is closed, and are subject to availability. There is a rental fee of $200 for the first hour; $100 for each additional hour or increment of an hour. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a date. Please refer to our Photoshoot Contract for more info.
·Take casual photos for personal use only;
· Use handheld cameras, cell phones, and tablets;
· Post images from their visits on personal social media sites as long as they are not used for profit.
All professional cameras and all cameras with detachable lenses, as well as equipment such as ring lights, will not be allowed inside the Museum. 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:
· Use tripods, lights, selfie sticks, or other external equipment;
· Sell or publish the images;
· Use the images to promote any outside product or service.
**Due to social distancing requirements the daily Guided Tours are temporarily cancelled. We invite you to enjoy the same tour highlights with the self-guided audio tour.**
Get an in-depth experience of the Museum with one of the tour guides. The 45-60 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!
Tours are open and available to anyone. No reservations are needed. If you arrive late, you are more than welcome to join groups for the remainder of the tour. Tours last approximately an hour.
On weekdays, the tours often include a visit to the onsite neon shop, NeonWorks of Cincinnati, for a demonstration of how neon signs are made.
The Museum is accessible for those with limited mobility. The entire collection resides on one floor, that's easily 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. 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.
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.
Group tours are suspended until further notice in order to facilitate physical distancing and a safe on-site experience within the American Sign Museum. If you would like to learn more about our protocols, please explore our safety protocols above. Please note that these protocols are subject to change in order to adhere to new regulations and guidelines as set by the state of Ohio.
In the meantime, audio tours are still available through your smart device should you still want a more structured museum experience. Disposable headphones are available at the front desk, but guests are welcome to bring their own or listen to the audio tour out loud. Additionally, you can connect with the ASM on social media by following us on Facebook and Instagram (make these links clickable).
For additional information and questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming groups again in 2021.