Cincinnati’s own American Sign Museum is one of the coolest places in town. If you haven’t been, go! Whether you’re interested in design, Americana, or advertising, or simply like shiny things and bright colors, this place rocks, and the owner can talk your ear off about any and every aspect of the archive that you might find to be of interest.
The above photos show only a fraction of the sign collection. I don’t want to give everything away, because then you may not want to visit in person. This is the exhibit of neon and lightbulb signs, and there’s a ton more devoted to signs that are hand-painted, gold leaf, plastic, among others.
Oddly enough, this is one the first places we checked out when we moved to Cincinnati. Since then, I’ve taken a few visiting friends and relatives here, but forgot to take photos until my most recent trip. Sometimes you take cool things for granted and forget how special and unusual they really are.
Currently, the American Sign Museum is located in Essex Studios in Walnut Hills. At some point, it will move to a larger space in Camp Washington. Read about the new facility here. The museum is open most Saturday afternoons, and other times by appointment.