This past Fall, Shadrach and I were able to get away for a weekend for the first time since Logan was born. Leading up to the weekend, I spent weeks planning and looking for a place to go. We decided to head to Cincinnati since it is only two hours away and there is so much to do.
Well, the weekend came, and it started raining our first night there and didn’t stop! Everything I had planned involved being outside. So, I had to figure out some new things to do and quickly! The hard part was that our full day there was on a Sunday and not many museums were open.
Then I remembered that there was one place I had wanted to visit and I quickly looked it up to discover it was open on Sunday! So, we headed to the American Sign Museum for the afternoon.
The American Sign Museum
When we first pulled up, I was bummed that it was raining because there are signs outside of the museum that are fun and fabulous and would have made for some great pictures. So because of the rain, we just ran inside instead.
The people at the front desk were super friendly. We paid and headed on in. Just a little tip, if you plan on going, keep an eye on Living Social because sometimes they have deals for visiting the American Sign Museum and are very worth it!
Must See Signs
Once we paid and headed inside the museum, I was super impressed! All the signs are fantastic, and they are everywhere! Some light up, some are hand drawn, and then there is everything in between. As you walk through, the museum goes through the entire history of signs. You may be thinking this place is boring, but I promise you, it isn’t.
I feel like you almost must walk through it more than once, just to see everything. There are things in every little nook and cranny, including above you. So don’t forget to look up!
Some of my favorites were:
When to Visit
I have to say, Sunday afternoon seemed like a great time to go. I’m not sure what it is like on the other days it is open (which you can check the times here), but there were not that many people there when we visited. I surprised given that it was raining and the museum is indoors.
So, I would say this is a great place to go when it’s raining, or on a day date. It isn’t a huge place and doesn’t take all that long to walk through. I think we may have spent close to two hours exploring the museum and that was walking through more than once.
Is the American Sign Museum Kid Friendly?
Since we visited without Logan, I can’t tell you how kid friendly the museum is. I will, however, give you my opinion if we were given the opportunity to go back with him.
This museum is not a hands-on place, and a lot of the signs are not roped off. So that being said, if you have young children that tend to touch everything, this may not be the best place to take them. I would take Logan because I think he is getting old enough to know when not to touch and I think he would have loved seeing all the signs.
So, my suggestion is, if you have older kids, it’s definitely a fun place to take them. By older I mean four and up. If you have young children (four and under), reserve this place for an adult only date.
A Must See in Cincinnati
Even though I was bummed that the rain ruined all our plans during our weekend away, I am glad that we could visit the American Sign Museum. I consider it a must-see if you are ever in Cincinnati, Ohio. It turned out to be our saving grace for the weekend.
Have you visited the American Sign Museum? What was your favorite sign? Or, if you’ve been to Cincinnati, what are some of your must-see places? Comment below, or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you!