Cincinnati, Ohio: American Sign Museum Team Field Report

1330 Monmouth St., Cincinnati, OH
I-75 exit 3. Turn west onto Hopple St. Drive a quarter-mile. Just past a small auto dealer lot on the right, turn right onto narrow Meeker St. (If you drive across the bridge, you've gone too far.) Meeker St. then bends sharply left, and ends at Spring Grove Ave. Turn right onto Spring Grove Ave. Drive a quarter-mile. Turn right onto Monmouth Ave. You'll quickly see the museum ahead, on the left.
Gated after hours. W-Sa 10-4, Su 12-4. Tours (recommended and free) W-Sa 11 & 2; Su 2 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $15.
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American Sign Museum.

American Sign Museum

Tod Swormstedt, sign expert, displays hundreds of examples of everything from delicate gold-painted glass to humongous neon. Some signs displayed in the parking lot. Report... [11/08/2015]

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Neon signs.

American Sign Museum

The museum appears to be on track to more than double its size over the next few years. It's already fantastic, but looking forward to the expansion.

[Greg Parsons, 05/13/2019]

Sign Museum.

American Sign Museum

The American Sign Museum is a short ride from downtown. The new space holds all of his electric relics beautifully. You can rent the facility for parties or have them design and build/bend you a neon sign (his artistry ain't cheap). It's a joyous space to inhabit with buzz and hum of all of the signs and art.

[bsbpyt, 07/26/2017]

Lettering styles in signs.

American Sign Museum

It's really cool when you are able to have fun while you learn something -- especially about something that we pretty much take for granted every day -- signs, in this case. Tod was really generous to come and open his museum on a day he isn't usually there -- the timing just worked out. And he was happy to share stories and his passion for signs with us.

The most amazing part of this visit were the signs themselves. From the outdoor 'sign garden' where all the enormous outside building signs are kept, to the really intesting museum layout inside. We have a new respect for signs, sign history, and sign technology.

[Gordon Family, 08/24/2011]

Tod and Big Boy.

American Sign Museum

The warehouse where the owner is currently displaying is a small fraction of his impressive collection of all sorts of signs. He has them categorized by time period, with historical plaques providing background info on a few of the signs when it was available.

There's even a hands-on area where you can rearrange the lettering on a neon sign while learning about how they work.

[Cindy May, 03/27/2010]

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