Learn about advertising signs at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati.

American Sign Museum

The American Sign Museum is located in Essex Studios near downtown Cincinnati. The museum features all types of signs, with the majority of large signs being from the 1940s and 1950s. The museum is only open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are given at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. During my visit, there were about 20 people in our group. If you did the Groupon during Ohio Tourism Week, you'll want to be sure and use it before Nov. 20 and get your free book and T-shirt.

Tours are given by Tod Swormstedt, founder of the museum. He was former editor of Signs of the Times magazine and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to signs. You'll learn about what makes the neon glow in different colors and about a "politically incorrect Big Boy" sign in addition to viewing and learning about different signs through the ages.

The American Sign Museum will be closing in January and will reopen in a much larger location that will feature many more signs. The museum first opened April 28, 2005, so it's likely the grand opening of the new museum will take place on that date in 2012.

Cost to tour the museum is $10.

For more information and directions, visit www.signmuseum.com.