The American Sign Museum hosted a sneak preview on Saturday. It opens to the public on June 23. The Enquirer/ Joseph Fuqua II.American Sign Metro Saturday June 2, 2012: People tour and take pictures  of sign exhibits during the Sneak Preview Grand Opening at the American Sign Museum Saturday June 2, 2012 in Camp Washington. The Enquirer/ Joseph Fuqua II

The Cincinnati Enquirer

American Sign Museum


This museum stocks an awesome cache of flashing, lightbulb-studded beacons in an old parachute factory. You’ll burn your retinas staring at vintage neon drive-in signs, hulking genies and the Frisch’s Big Boy, among other nostalgic novelties. Guides lead hour-long tours at 11am and 2pm that also visit the on-site neon sign-making shop.

It's located in the Camp Washington neighborhood (near Northside); take exit 3 off I-75.

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