I have always believed that if you really want to understand a peoples’ history and culture, you have to visit their museums. And I am really curious about then historical and cultural heritage of the many people that I come across in my travels. That is why I always start my tour of any new city in a museum. When I visited Cincinnati, OH, for the first time last year, I did the exact same thing. I started my tour of this great city in the museums. Luckily for me, the city has some of the finest museums in the country. And they are all very well stocked with all kinds of historical and cultural artifacts from the region and beyond. Let me highlight some of the most interesting places that I visited in Cincinnati, OH.

Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum was founded in 1881 and hence it’s ranked among the oldest museums in the country. The museum is located in Eden Park in a classic building and it’s a major tourist attraction in the city. With over 65,000 artworks, the Cincinnati Art Museum has one of the most comprehensive art collections in the world. The collection spans more than six centuries and you will find the works of some of the most famous painters in this museum. European masterpieces by Hals, Botticelli, and Murillo are housed here as well as contemporary artworks by Picasso, Pissarro, and Monet. There are many art related functions and activities in the museum. Admission is free.

Taft Museum Of Art

Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Taft Museum Of Art honors the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, whose was born in Cincinnati, OH. This is a relatively small but super fine art museum. It has an extensive collection of fine and decorative art from America and Europe. The Greek revival building and most of the artwork were donated by the Taft family in 1927. Among other impressive pieces, you will find the works of Rembrandt and Goya, and also the “greatest Gothic ivory sculpture in America.” You can enjoy a guided tour of the museum or even attend a live music show.

American Sign Museum

This is a unique museum dedicated to the history of signage in the United States. The American Sign Museum preserves signs and also explores the historical evolution and development of signage. You will find all kinds of vintage signs and signage on display in this museum. You will also be taught the art of signage and have a good experience of the neon signage. You can visit the American Sign Museum from Wednesday through Sunday.

Museum Of Natural History & Science

The Museum of Natural History & Science is located in the Cincinnati Museum Center. This museum explores our natural history and evolution. You will find some of the rarest artifacts on display in this museum including the 1,800+ year old Egyptian mummy, Umi, “The Ice Age” exhibit, and “The Cave” display. The Museum of Natural History & Science is a popular tourist destination because of its extensive collection of artifacts and its many thematic exhibits.