Rotating and permanent exhibits span paleontology, folk art, natural history, and more
Full-size 19th-century streetcar, replica steamboat, and model of a two-headed calf
Replica drive-in with a vintage Buick Electra
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The collections at Behringer-Crawford Museum trace the history of the Ohio River Valley and Northern Kentucky across centuries and exciting changes. Visitors can step into different eras at a replica drive-in with a vintage Buick Electra or a model steamboat. The interactive activities are spread across a four-story exhibition area, which has room for natural science as well as history. That's why visitors can also find exciting products of nature, such as a two-headed calf, or enjoy a simulated boat trip down the Ohio River.
From well-known pieces to local pieces, Vent Haven Museum in Ft Mitchell houses a wide array of fine pieces.
While you're enjoying this museum, be sure to check out their amazing restaurant for a tasty meal.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this museum.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati is a fun museum that features the finest art pieces in town, making it a hit for visitors of all ages.
Every great place has a restaurant on the side. When you come to this museum, it's no different.
This museum is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Here you can expand your horizons and treat yourself a cultural experience that you are sure to enjoy.
During a self-proclaimed midlife crisis, Tod Swormstedt became the voice for some silent witnesses to American history: signs. The former editor and publisher of Signs of the Times magazine was more than familiar with the subject, and he wanted to give this particular slice of Americana a permanent tribute. He opened American Sign Museum in 1999 and filled it with nearly 4,000 books, photos, and, of course, lots and lots of signs.
Size: more than 19,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space (with 20,000 more on the way), featuring 28-foot ceilings for larger signs
Eye Catcher: a glowing McDonald's sign from 1963—six years before NASA landed a cheeseburger on the moon
Permanent Mainstay: the neon and hand-painted signs of Main Street, which recreates storefronts from decades past
Hidden Gem: the grizzly-looking sign from bygone supermarket chain Big Bear—which someone discovered while mowing grass
Don't Miss: the neon shop, open weekdays, where workers create new signs and chat with visitors
From the Press: For a glance inside the museum, check out the many video interviews here.
The firefighters of Engine Company #45 Firehouse extinguished their last blaze in 1962 after 56 years of fearless public service. Although the team dissipated, the elegant, 1906 firehouse—with Renaissance Revival details and three doors wide enough to accommodate horse-drawn fire engines—remained, languishing as a city storehouse until 1980, when the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati moved in. The building was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and filled with special exhibits. It was also filled with antique firefighting gear that is in excellent condition in spite of years of smoke inhalation.
The collection reveals early 19th-century firefighting tactics with an alarm drum that once warned of fire from the roof of a carpenter shop and was later used to provide rhythm during disco infernos. In the Safe House exhibit, families diagram their homes and create personalized emergency plans while learning tips about fire prevention.
More than 80 years ago, the Taft family bequeathed their stately home to the people of Cincinnati–and they also gave them plenty to hang on the walls. Home to the Taft's collection of 690 works of art, the Taft Museum welcomes visitors to view paintings by European and American masters, Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts, and captivating rotating exhibitions throughout the year. As they wander the museum, patrons view Rembrandt van Rijn's Portrait of a Man Rising from His Chair, Whistler's At The Piano, and John Singer Sargent's portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson, among other notable works.
The house itself is equally impressive. William Howard Taft accepted his nomination for President of the United States beneath the portico, and the structure, first built in 1820, is considered one of the country's finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style.