The Best Museums in Cincinnati

July 28th, 2016 by


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Looking for things to do in Cincinnati? Between the American Sign Museum and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, there’s something fun and interesting to do for everyone in the family. Take a moment to learn about the best museums in Cincinnati, and then pick a few to visit!

American Sign Museum

The American Sign Museum is home to a century of American signage, from 1870 through 1970. Wander the museum to see hand-carved wooden signs, electric light bulbs and neon creations adorning the walls. A walking tour is available to help guests understand the history behind and timeline of the signs on display. The American Sign Museum is located at 1330 Monmouth Ave. in Cincinnati, OH.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Located in the Central Business District of Cincinnati, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a monument to freedom. It showcases the importance and relevance of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, from the time of the Underground Railroad to today.

The museum includes both permanent and traveling exhibits, like “Invisible: Slavery Today” and “Everyday Freedom Heroes,” which celebrates the courageous individuals who participated in the Underground Railroad. Find the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 E. Freedom Way in Cincinnati, OH.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

At the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, you can experience the history of the Reds firsthand.  The Reds Hall of Fame was established in 1958 and is considered the largest team hall of fame in all of baseball, at 85 members inducted and 16,000 square feet of space. The museum was opened in 2004, putting on display the hall of fame plaques and a vast Cincinnati Reds history. Explore the museum at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way in Cincinnati, OH before catching a game at the Great American Baseball Park!

Cincinnati Fire Museum

Through exhibits, audio-visual presentations, and scale model dioramas, the Cincinnati Fire Museum paints a picture of the history of firefighting in Cincinnati. This museum is particularly ideal for families, as there are areas where children can ring the siren and displays on fire safety, as well as for those interested in firefighting in general. The Cincinnati Fire Museum is located at 315 W. Court St. in Cincinnati, OH.

Cincinnati Art Museum

For art enthusiasts and newcomers alike, the Cincinnati Art Museum has much to offer. The Art Museum boasts more than 100,000 works of art and is considered one of the most prestigious art museums in the entire country. It’s well-known for its 19th-century European and American paintings, but it has a variety of other works, including a vast pottery gallery. Visit the museum at 953 Eden Park Dr. in Cincinnati, OH.