American Sign Museum

A nonprofit organization

$9,108 Raised by 105 Donors

100% complete

$8,000 Goal

The Lights are on Again!

After months of darkness, it was with great joy that the American Sign Museum was able to turn on the neon lights and welcome back visitors in July. The voices of the 8,500 visitors since July have brought life back to the Museum. Now more than ever, we hope to support our community by providing moments of relaxation and enjoyment. The financial impact the Museum has suffered from the COVID-19 related closure was great, but the Museum is striving to safely welcome back visitors attending in person as well as continue to develop and offer virtual content options.

All of these program, activities, and more can be found on our website:

Your support today will help the Museum continue to operate safely. Any gift, any size will help!

  • $5 buys 100 brochures;
  • $10 funds one student's participation in a virtual school tour;
  • $25 buys one Cincinnati Pops sign lightbulb;
  •  $50 funds lamination supplies to provide safe access to self-tours on site;
  •  $100 supports free access to audio tours;
  •  $150 pays the electric bill for one day; and
  • $300 pays for the repair of two neon tubes

Once again, we thank you for your ongoing support!

About the American Sign Museum

The American Sign Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and conservation of historic signs, furthering the economic and cultural revitalization of Camp Washington, and supporting the Greater Cincinnati community through outreach and programming.

Founded in 1999, the American Sign Museum (ASM) was the vision of Tod Swormstedt, former editor and publisher of Signs of the Times magazine.  Debuting in May 1906, Tod’s great grandfather served as the first editor of what was to become known as “the bible of the sign industry.”

ASM is now the largest museum of its kind in the world, covering over 100 years of American sign history and displaying more than 700 signs and artifacts in a 20,000 sq. ft. indoor exhibition space.  Installed to replicate a full-scale Main Street, this design places the collection in historic context. 

American Sign Museum continues to add to the city’s cultural vibrancy that is imperative to retaining and attracting new workforce talent.  ASM has proven itself a leading economic driver of Camp Washington neighborhood, attracting over 40,000 visitors annually while collaborations with regional universities and colleges provide students an integrated learning experience.  

Your support will signal its importance in Cincinnati’s cultural landscape while fulfilling its mission to preserve, restore and exhibit an important part of American history.

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American Sign Museum

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1330 Monmouth Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45225



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