Visit the American Sign Museum

Bring your family, your friends, or your group for a fun and educational experience. During the weekdays, your experience can often include a neon demonstration provided by Neonworks of Cincinnati, a commercial neon shop located inside the Museum. 

American Sign Museum - General

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!


HOURS

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

Sunday - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday - Tuesday - Closed

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

ADMISSION

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

Three Children 12 and under are Free with each paying Adult  

GUIDED TOURS

Optimize your museum experience through a guided tour.  These walking tours encompass 100 years of sign history, from the late 1800’s up through the 1970’s.   A knowledgeable tour guide will disclose the stories behind the signs, explain why different materials and processes were used, and answer any questions.  

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 flat floor, that's easily navigable. The museum does not have wheelchairs or motorized carts available; however, guests are encouraged to bring their own. Chairs throughout the museum allow visitors to bask and enjoy the view. 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 its own parking lot, free of charge. Handicap parking can be found along the side of the building. Parking is also available on Monmouth Avenue. For buses and motor coaches, we encourage parking on Monmouth Avenue, without blocking the entrance to NeonWorks of Cincinnati
 

PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOTAPING AND COPYING WORKS IN THE MUSEUM

We encourage visitors to capture and share photography for personal, noncommercial use. Only handheld cameras with attached standard flash equipment are allowed. No auxiliary flash, lighting equipment, tripods, or selfie sticks are permitted. Please be respectful of other visitors while taking photographs.

However, external equipment, such as external flashes, tripods, or other non-handheld items, are prohibited. This ensures other guests can enjoy their visit. If you have any related questions, please contact the museum at 513-541-6366.
 

PHOTO SHOOTS

For noncommercial end use if you want to bring extra equipment to the museum for photography, you may schedule a photo shoot. These are offered when the museum is closed to the public.  Photo-shoot rentals are $150 for the first hour, and then $50 for each subsequent hour.  Photo shoots can't be extended while they're occurring, so book as much time as you’ll need.  For photo-shoot bookings, please contact the Guest Services Manager, Kevin Wallace at kwallace@americansignmuseum.org.

PRIVATE TOURS

Private tours of the museum are available, typically before or after the museum’s normal hours, or on Monday and Tuesday when the Museum is closed to the public. A private tour can be exclusive to your group, with a minimum of 10 people.  Private tours typically last an hour. For more information, please contact the guest services manager, Kevin Wallace, at kwallace@americansignmuseum.org