Arts and Culture

Here's a sample itinerary for an art-focused tour of Cincinnati USA and Northern Kentucky.

Day One:

10:00 a.m. Cincinnati Art Museum Docent Tour Take in one of several different tour options from Modern Art to the Classics to Cincinnati Art at one of the oldest art museums in the United States.
12:30 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum  Lunch Terrace Café
2:00 p.m. American Sign Museum   Witness what National Geographic described as one of the must see museums in the United States as you delve into the art of signage.
4:00 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center   Enjoy an art museum that is current with the times displaying contemporary art
5:30 p.m. Hotel   Down Time
7:00 p.m. Dinner   Enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of Northern KY's eclectic eateries
8:00 p.m. Performance   The Carnegie

Day Two:

10:00 a.m. Taft Museum of Art Docent Tour A beautiful art museum set inside a Federal style building that was donated to the People of Cincinnati by theTaft family.
Noon Montgomery Inn Lunch Cincinnati’s favorite ribs and a view of the Ohio River.
2:00 p.m Rookwood Pottery Tour   Watch craftsmen create world famous pottery and have the opportunity to purchase a piece to take home with you.
4:00 p.m. Graeters Ice Cream Break Graeters is the ice cream that Oprah loves!
5:00 p.m. Hotel   Down Time
6:00 p.m. Dinner    
8:00 p.m. Music Hall Concert Enjoy the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the May Festival Chorus or Opera in a National Landmark building with superior acoustics.

The following tours, itineraries, and organizations offer groups and motorcoach tours a way to explore the arts and culture scene in Cincinnati USA.

Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra

Internationally acclaimed recording artists, the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra perform at Music Hall at Riverbend Music Center. Their primary venue is Music Hall, a beautiful National Historic Landmark. The main hall, Springer Auditorium, has 3,516 seats and ranks acoustically as one of the finest performance venues in the world. Meet the guest artists, take a backstage tour of Music Hall, and hear a pre-concert discussion at no extra cost with group tickets. The Cincinnati Symphony is also the resident orchestra for the Cincinnati May Festival, the Cincinnati Opera, and the Cincinnati Ballet.

May Festival

The May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere. It is the pride of Cincinnati, one of a very few cities in the world today with an ongoing commitment to choral music. For two weekends each May the music world turns to Cincinnati for an unsurpassed experience in choral music performance. Established in 1873, the May Festival is directly responsible for the development of Cincinnati’s modern music life. Music Hall, the city’s primary concert venue, was built specifically to house the Festival’s performance.The festival takes place over two weeks in May with additional concert venues including Carnegie Hall and the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.

Cincinnati Art Museum

One of the oldest art museums in the United States that features a collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition the museum hosts national and international traveling exhibits each year. Group Tour Docent Lead Topics include American Art, Ancient Worlds, Cincinnati Ceramics, The Changing Landscape, Flowers in Art, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Modern and Contemporary Art, Masterpieces or The Story of Art in Cincinnati. Enjoy a relaxing meal while at the Terrace Café at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

American Sign Museum

The American Sign Museum, preserves, archives, and displays a collection of signs.The museum also displays the equipment utilized in the design and manufacture of signs. Over 500 signs and other objects are on display at the museum and over 3,600 items are cataloged. The collection ranges from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. Highlights of the collection include samples of gold leaf lettering on glass, a Sputnik-like plastic orb from an Anaheim shopping center, a rotating neon windmill from a Denver donut shop, Las Vegas show cards, and a fiberglass Frisch's Big Boy statue with a slingshot in his pocket. (The slingshot was omitted from later models of the Big Boy statue.) One can also find signs from businesses such as Big Bear Stores, Howard Johnson's, and Earl Scheib. The 42,000-square-foot museum displays about 500 signs and artifacts many of which are on a faux streetscape in a town called "Signville".

Taft Museum of Art

Residing as a National Historic Landmark, the Taft Museum is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country. The museum is one of the finest, small art museums in the country. Walk into the front door and you are surrounded by landscape murals which were painted prior to the Civil War by an African American painter Robert S. Duncanson. The Taft Museum of Art collections include European and 19th-century American paintings, Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts, Limoges enamels, watches, sculptures, and furniture. William Howard Taft accepted the presidential nomination of his party underneath the houses portico.

Rookwood Pottery Tour

Rookwood Pottery traces its roots in Cincinnati, Ohio back more than 100 years. Named after the Longworth family estate in Cincinnati, Rookwood became the first female manufacturing company in the United States.  World-renowned for impeccable design and craftsmanship, we continue to embrace this tradition of excellence with inspiring designs and original standards for exceptional quality. Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati was the first to gain artistic recognition and respect for the United States. In 1889, Rookwood was awarded the First Prize Gold Medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle. This recognition forever changed the way the international community viewed American art.  A firsthand experience allows you to see craftsmen at work in the studio with an opportunity to take home a cherished artwork.

The Carnegie

Whether on stage, in the classroom or in a gallery, The Carnegie inspires creativity for all. The Carnegie’s iconic building, originally constructed in 1904 as a Carnegie Library, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is one of only a few remaining Carnegie Libraries in the United States with a full-scale auditorium and has been our home since The Carnegie was founded in 1972. The Carnegie Galleries, the Eva G. Farris Education Center, and the Otto M. Budig Theatre housed together under our landmark dome. 

Contemporary Arts Center

One of the first contemporary art institutions in the United States, the CAC is a non-collecting museum that focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media. Remaining committed to programming that reflects "the art of the last five minutes," the CAC has displayed the works of many now-famous artists early in their careers, including Andy Warhol.


Since its creation in 1967, Summerfair has become a nationally recognized event featuring more than 300 visual and performing artists. The event at Coney Island has a  relaxed atmosphere of Cincinnati’s historic riverfront park, has grown into one of the oldest continuous art fairs, drawing more than 20,000 art enthusiasts annually to see and purchase the works of artists from across the United States and Canada. Summerfair features a variety of mediums in every price range including: jewelry, metal, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, glass, fiber, leather, ceramics and 2D/3D mixed media art. The event also features unique performances from a variety of singer/songwriters, quartets, dancers and other entertainers. During the last decade, the event has consistently been identified as one of the 100 best shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and has received three Artists’ Choice Awards from the National Association of Independent Artists.