A trip to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, dedicated to sign preservation and restoration, will illuminate you.

WORTH THE DRIVE: 3 reasons to visit The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati

America’s largest public sign museum a perfect out of the ordinary day trip

Who knew historic signage could be so fascinating and so colorful? 

A trip to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, which is dedicated to sign preservation and restoration, will illuminate you. 

Here are three reasons you’ve got to visit. 

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1. Age-old signs. The American Sign Museum covers American signage from the early 1900s to the 1950s. The tools of the early sign-making trade are displayed, as well as pre-electric and modern plastic-faced signs. 

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A streetscape filled with neon signs in the colors of the rainbow will transport you to another era at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Photo: Chris Stewart
A Vic Cassano’s Pizza King porcelain neon sign from the 1950s has been restored and is on display at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. The pizza chain was founded in Dayton in 1953 by Cassano and his mother-in-law, Caroline “Mom” Dinisi. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Photo: Chris Stewart

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2. Vintage neon. A streetscape filled with neon signs in the colors of the rainbow will transport you to another era. A sign for Kona Lanes from the 1950s was created for a Polynesian Tiki-themed building in Mesa, CA, and a McDonald’s sign built in 1963 is topped with the original McDonald’s mascot, “Speedee.” 

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3. Dayton’s Pizza King. A Vic Cassano’s Pizza King porcelain neon sign from the 1950s has been restored and is on display at the museum. The pizza chain was founded in Dayton in 1953 by Cassano and his mother-in-law, Caroline “Mom” Dinisi. The 1,000-pound sign stands almost 14-feet tall. 

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The neon sign for the Sky-Vu Motel was originally located in Kansas City and is now on display at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Photo: Chris Stewart

Want to go?

WHAT: The American Sign Museum 

WHERE: 1330 Monmouth Avenue, Cincinnati (in the Camp Washington neighborhood)

HOURS:  10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. Closed on the following holidays: the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day

COST: $15/adults, $10/seniors (65+), students and military; up to three children ages 12 and under are free with each paying adult

INFO: 513-541-6366 or info@americansignmuseum.org

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