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Arts & Museums
The only museum of its kind, Vent Haven Museum houses a large collection of ventriloquist figures. These collections belong to William S. Berger, who had a passion for such figures, and spent years accumulating them. Berger, besides collecting, also started a magazine on the prospects of ventriloquism, and maintained contact with several individuals in this profession. He was also the President of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists for about 20 years. The museum is known to house more than 700 ventriloquist figures, and sees thousands of visitors each year.
A huge part of Cincinnati's transportation history, The Cincinnati Museum at Union Terminal recounts the significance of this historical building. Built in the Art Deco style, this station was one of the last stations of its size ever built. Since opening in 1933, the station has been transformed over the years and now houses a museum.
This quirky museum is dedicated to the art of American signage. Owner and proprietor, Tod Swormstedt, the American Sign Museum houses over 500 vintage signs once found throughout the country. Avid collector, his signage ranges from advertisements to shiny Las Vegas neon lights.
Nestled in the Over the Rhine neighborhood, Jack Wood Gallery commemorates vintage poster art. Its collection from the early-19th and mid-20th Century offers a glimpse into the city's glorious past as a hub for printing companies. Each poster represents a lithographic and graphic design landmark with a historical significance and aesthetic pleasure. They are categorized into varied subjects such as American Literary, Movies, Food, Belle Epoque, World War and Travel, and are renowned among art collectors and culture connoisseurs.
Revealing the heroic stories of the Underground Railroad to present day era, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center strives to shed light on the history of slavery in the United States and how it related to contemporary times. Tucked away along the banks of the Ohio River, this educational center and museum opened in 2004. Permanent and traveling exhibits challenge and inspire visitors to learn more about the past with informative displays.
The Contemporary Arts Center has made national headlines with its daring exhibits of contemporary art, and has been called into court to defend the First Amendment on more than one occasion. Unlike the controversy that has brewed outside its walls, the Center itself is a quiet, calm place of visitors meandering through its spacious, well-lit rooms. Downtown workers often visit here at lunch to get away from their everyday hassles. The Contemporary Arts Center is located in the heart of downtown on the second floor of the Mercantile Building between Walnut and Main Streets. Call ahead or visit the website to know more.
The Taft Museum of Art is, for any art enthusiast, an enriching and exciting outing. Located in a 19th Century National Historic Landmark called the Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft House, the museum contains art from all over the world. Its collections include porcelain artifacts, European and American paintings, decorative artifacts, furniture, sculptures, and works of art by Rembrandt, Goya, Reynolds, Gainsborough and many more greats. Today, apart from its regular exhibitions, the museum also hosts a number of events including photography exhibitions, music events, workshops, educational programs and more.
You'll find the Cincinnati Art Museum nestled in scenic Eden park. Inside is a collection that spans 60,000 works and 6000 years, including pieces from Greece Rome, America, Africa, and the East. The collection also spans a range of mediums, from paintings to sculpture and more. There's even a gallery dedicated to Cincinnati natives. Come in for free admission every day.
This distinct 19th-century Italianate style structure was built in 1865 and is the former home of John Pattison, the 43rd governor of Ohio. Promont House was gifted to the Greater Milford Area Historical Society in 1984 by James Kirgan. It has gardens and benches that offer a nice view of the building and the grounds. This historic house museum is decked up in Victorian furnishings and features a huge stained glass window near the entrance, Italian marble fireplaces, unique frieze in every room and a large tower. The tour consists of the three floors and the magnificent tower.