Museum 12/12: The American Sign Museum

One of my goals in 2015 was to visit 12 museums, and to share details about those visits with you. Museums are great places to hide, to socialize, to think, to listen to audiobooks or music and to wander. They are also places to collect inspiration, to ponder, to absorb, to grow and to learn. Hopefully one of my visits will inspire one of yours. 

MUSEUM VISIT 12/12: THE AMERICAN SIGN MUSEUM
DATE OF VISIT: 30 DECEMBER 2015

What a treasure! And what an awesome final museum visit of the year. 

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This place is just awesome. In February of 2015, I visited the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, NV. That collection is outdoors and mostly features giant neon signs—like ones that used to adorn the tops of casinos. The American Sign Museum is like finding the missing matching bookend to the Neon Museum....just all the way across the country. 

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I learned a ton about Las Vegas history at the Neon Museum. At the American Sign Museum, I learned a ton about signage, what 'innovations' happened and when, how neon is made (how the colors are made, for example) and about the process involved with selling these signs. I learned about different sign materials, and even about things like wear and tear. 

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This museum is absolutely worth a visit. For me, it would be worth traveling for.

And now, I get to put a big checkmark on my goal of visiting 12 museums in 2015! 

Check!

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THREE THINGS THAT REALLY STRUCK ME:

1. The Gift Shop.  Firstly, it's constructed in an interesting way, unlike any other museum gift shops I've seen. Second, there are lots of tshirts and hoodies for sale, books, postcards, magnets. You can also buy individual sign letters. 

2. Have a Party Here. We saw the room (full of Cincinnati-related signs) that is rented out for parties and events. It's truly a unique space and I'll be keeping this one in mind for future events. 

3. Location. This museum is located in a neighborhood called Mt. Washington in Cincinnati, OH. I really have had no occasion to visit this part of Cincinnati before. That said, it's very easy to get to and there's plenty of parking. 

NOTES

1. The most educational part of the tour is at the very beginning. There were kids in attendance and they seemed to stay engaged the whole time. This museum is good for families, date nights and just for something different to do. 
2. They encourage photography!
3. You can sign up for their newsletter here. 

The American Sign Museum
Address: 1330 Monmouth St. Cincinnati, OH 45225
Phone: (513) 541–6366
Website: http://americansignmuseum.org