3 Neat Museums In Cincinnati

In 2011, Politifact.com confirmed what Ohio's former governor John Kasich told the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, 60 percent of the U.S. population is within 600 miles of Ohio, making Cincinnati and the entire state an easy-to-reach destination for many.

Even better than visiting, buying one of the Cincinnati houses for sale will allow you to experience its many attractions, including some fantastic museums, just about any time you'd like. If that's not an option, while you're here, be sure to check out these three great options.

Cincinnati Art Museum

Art enthusiasts can't miss visiting the Cincinnati Art Museum. Located in picturesque Eden Park, it opened in 1881, and today it hosts more than 67,000 works spanning over 6,000 years. It's free to visit and includes highlights like Van Gogh's Undergrowth With Two Figures, painted in 1889, during the final months of the artist's life, evoking raw emotion with one of his favorite motifs, two lovers strolling through a natural setting. The mummy is another standout, dating from around 330 BC, an "anonymous son of an anonymous woman from an upper-class Egyptian family." It's handpainted with symbols and has a smiling gold mask.

In front of the museum is Pinocchio, the famous wooden puppet brought to life by Geppetto. This one is bronze, however, and not wood, a sculpture popular for selfies and group photos created by Cincinnati born artist Jim Dine.

American Sign Museum

If you're looking for a unique institution, the American Sign Museum is where you want to go. The largest of its kind, with 20,000 square feet of space, it displays signs that reveal American culture over the decades through a 100+ year journey through signage history from gold leaf glass dating to the early 20th-century to the heyday of neon in the 1930s and '40s, and the plastic era of the '50s. Founder Tod Swormstedt began collecting signs in 1999 and opened up the museum in 2005 in an artists' co-op before moving into the former parachute factory in 2012 where it's located today. Self-guided audio tours will bring you through its highlights.

Duke Energy Children's Museum (and bonus museums) at the Cincinnati Museum Center

If you want to keep the kids entertained while learning about the world around them, the Duke Energy Children's Museum is guaranteed to please. It offers lots of interactive exhibits where the young ones can explore, climb, and crawl through themed play areas. And this one is kind of a 3-in-1 as it's housed inside the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal along with the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Cincinnati History Museum. The building is a national historical landmark that originally opened in 1933 as the train station. It's a marvel of Art Deco architecture as the Western hemisphere's largest half dome. You'll also find an OMNIMAX Theater and the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center here. The latter uses artifacts, interactive experiences, and storytelling to ensure the lessons of the country's past inspire action today.

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