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.  Optimize your American Sign Museum experience by taking one of our guided tours.  A knowledgeable guide will regale you with the stories behind the signs, and answer any and all questions. Stroll down your personal memory lane!

American Sign Museum - General


HOURS

Wednesday - Saturday - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday - Tuesday - Closed

Closed Holidays  - The Day Before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day

ADMISSION

$15 Adults
$10 Seniors (65+), Students, Military

Children (12& Under) are free. 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. 

GUIDED TOURS

Get an in-depth experience of the museum with one of our 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, although advance tickets are available.  If you arrive late, you are more than welcome to join groups for the remainder of the tour. 

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.  Tours last approximately an hour.

GUIDED TOUR SCHEDULE

Wednesday - Saturday | 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Sunday | 2:00 pm
 

ACCESSIBILITY

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 are encouraged to 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.  

DIRECTIONS

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.

PARKING

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

PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOTAPING AND COPYING WORKS IN THE MUSEUM

We encourage visitors to take photos and video and share for personal, noncommercial use. Only handheld cameras with an attached standard flash are allowed. No auxiliary flash, lighting equipment, tripods, or selfie sticks are permitted. Please be respectful of other visitors while taking photographs to ensure that other guests enjoy their visit. If you have any related questions, please contact the museum at 513-541-6366. Or if you'd like to schedule a private photo shoot and bring extra equipment, please fill out our online form HERE

PHOTOSHOOTS

Looking for a great place to shoot senior pictures or this year's holiday card? We're happy to scheule a private photoshoot where you have exclusive access to the museum. Private photoshoots are scheduled before or after museum hours or on Monday or Tuesday when the museum is closed and are subject to availability. The cost is $300 per hour with a one hour minimum. There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve the date.To book a photoshoot, please fill out our online form HERE.

PRIVATE TOURS

Looking to get "Lost in the Lights" with your school or organization? We can schedule a private tour of the museum for you!  Private tours are scheduled before or after museum hours or on Monday or Tuesday when the museum is closed. To book your private tour, please fill out our online form HERE.