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Friends of Music Hall offers Music Hall tours, speakers, and classroom presentations of this world-class historical landmark.

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NEW! Outdoor Building Tours by appointment. Contact us!

Tour inside Cincinnati Music Hall

Explore both public and private spaces in this stunning and majestic structure.

See for yourself how it reflects the spirit of both past and present.

Discover why it was the envy of the Great Midwest in the 19th century and the cornerstone of the 21st century renaissance of Cincinnati's historic heart.

If you have a particular interest in history, music, theater, architecture or Cincinnati culture, this will be a fascinating and memorable experience.

Tickets can be purchased up until three hours before the tour start time. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online; or by calling (513) 621-2787 [ARTS].

  • $15 per person
  • $5 for children under 12 years of age
  • $13 per ticket when you purchase 5-9 tickets together
  • $11 per ticket when you purchase 10-29 or more tickets together

Individuals and groups of up to 29 people should purchase tickets online.

Groups of 30 or more should book their tour through the Friends of Music Hall office. musichalltour@friendsofmusichall.org.

Additional discounts:

    • $5 each for student groups. Friends of Music Hall can help underwrite costs for school groups, based on financial need.
    • 10% discount for members of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber, Friends of Music Hall, Cincinnati Arts Association and Certified Tourism Ambassadors.

For individuals, and for groups with fewer than 30 people: purchase tickets online for a tour of Cincinnati Music Hall

Book a group tour (30 or more individuals) through the Friends of Music Hall office. Get more information or email musichalltour@friendsofmusichall.org.

Additional notes:

  • THE INSIDE TOUR OF MUSIC HALL STARTS: Meet your tour at 1241 Elm Street (south end of the building). Enter through the door marked "CSO Box Office."
  • Tour length is approximately 75 minutes
  • Tour check-in begins 15 minutes prior to start
  • All sales are final
  • Food and drink are not permitted
  • Tour is completely ADA accessible
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian; tours are not recommended for children under age 8

For full details, check out the Tours Frequently Asked Questions page.

NEW! Outdoor Building Tours by Appointment in 2024

To schedule a private Outdoor Building Tour for individuals or groups, email musichalltour@friendsofmusichall.org.Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. $15 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Meet your tour guide on the front steps of Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street. Please note this tour does not go inside Music Hall.

Themed Outdoor Building Tours will be offered in 2024. Explore the history, symbolism and design of the architecture, and the people who made it happen, along with information about Over-the-Rhine in 1878.

Date in 2024 to be announced soon

Mums, Mom and Music Hall

Give your mom (or anyone you love!), the gift of an Outdoor Building Tour of Music Hall led by a knowledgeable Friends of Music Hall tour guide. Each mom receives a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Gia & The Blooms.

Date in 2024 to be announced soon

Classical Pride Tour

Our next Classical Pride Outdoor Tour of Music Hall led by our knowledgeable Friends of Music Hall tour guides will be scheduled soon. The $25 ticket includes a 60-minute tour, a private happy hour at the Symphony Hotel's rooftop bar for a specialty cocktail or beverage, and snacks. Join us for an afternoon of history and comradery.

Date in 2024 to be announced soon

FREE Mini Tours at City Flea

Stop by the Friends of Music Hall booth at City Flea in Washington Park for a FREE mini Outdoor Building Tour of Music Hall led by a knowledgeable Friends of Music Hall tour guide to learn 5 Fun Facts.

 

For full details, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Friends of Music Hall Speakers Series

    • Under One Roof: The African American Experience in Music Hall explores the history of African-Americans whose determination and artistry helped forge the culture and character of Cincinnati Music Hall and our community.
    • Muses: The Women of Music Hall: Throughout the 140-year+ history of our "Grand Lady,” Cincinnati Music Hall, the contributions and legacy of incredible women: philanthropists, suffragettes, artists, divas, prima ballerinas, and musicians, have stirred the souls of all within her walls, but have largely been uncelebrated. From Susan B. Anthony to Helen "Nellie” Taft; Isadora Duncan to Janis Joplin; Maria Callas to Mamie Smith, learn how trailblazing women placed the crown upon the Queen City with fortitude and brilliance.
    • Music Hall: Then and Now features historic and present-day images along with stories on Music Hall’s unique role in Cincinnati's history.
  • Pulling Out All the Stops: Music Hall’s Mighty Organs
    visits 19th century Cincinnati, a center of pipe organ building and Music Hall’s six organs from the Hook & Hastings organ to the famed Mighty Wurlitzer.

A one-hour presentation is $150.

Special pricing consideration is always extended to school groups.

Arrange for a Speaker and presentation/virtual tour of Music Hall through the Friends of Music Hall office. Get more information or email musichalltour@friendsofmusichall.org.

Friends of Music Hall Education Program

Bring Music Hall to your classroom with these creative presentations with fun interactive hands-on activities about a National Historic Landmark.

Beyond the Performance: Virtual Program

The Videos and Lesson Plans included in this teaching package presented by the Friends of Music Hall celebrate Cincinnati Music Hall and those who had the vision, talent and skills to design and construct this beautiful, National Historic Landmark building. Three videos spotlight talented musicians who perform for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the focus of the fourth video is the Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

 Curriculum: M, SS, VA, SEL

 

A Look Inside Cincinnati’s Iconic Music Hall: A Student Field Trip

Treat your students to an interactive learning experience inside Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall. They will learn about music, Cincinnati history, immigration, architecture and the women art carver’s movement all wrapped up in the magnificent package of Music Hall. Students will visit several unique spaces in Music Hall where they will participate in hands-on activities with trained tour guides.

 Curriculum: M, SS, VA, SEL

 

Recommended grades: 3-6

Length: 90 minutes for field trips

Maximum audience: 60 for field trips

Cost: $5 per student for field trips; $100 / 3 month license for virtual programming

Find out more about the School Programs by calling (513) 744-3293, or by emailing musichalltour@friendsofmusichall.org.

Friends of Music Hall Tour in Springer Auditorium

... in Springer Auditorium
Backstage, Friends of Music Hall Program Guide Sue Monteith shares stories with her tour group

Backstage, Friends of Music Hall Program Guide Sue Monteith shares stories with her tour group

Music Hall tour led by Fred Warren in Springer Auditorium
 Friends of Music Hall Tour Guide with Art-Carved Panel display in the Taft Suite.

Friends of Music Hall Tour Guide answers questions about the Art-Carved Panel display in the Taft Suite.
Volunteer Gayley Hautzenroeder leads an Outdoor Building Tour of Music Hall.

Volunteer Gayley Hautzenroeder leads an Outdoor Building Tour of Music Hall.
Volunteer Becky Moegenberg answers guests questions during an Outdoor Building Tour. These are held Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Volunteer Becky Moegenberg answers guests questions during an Outdoor Building Tour. These are held Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
Friends of Music Hall Volunteer Lynne Reckman leads this Outdoor Building Tour in September 2020.

Friends of Music Hall Volunteer Lynne Reckman leads this Outdoor Building Tour in September 2020.
Two outdoor building tours of Music Hall on a Saturday in September led by Volunteers Judy Martin (nearby) and Denise McLinden.

Two outdoor building tours of Music Hall on a Saturday in September led by Volunteers Judy Martin (nearby) and Denise McLinden.
Thea Tjepkema, FMH board member, presents "Under One Roof: The African American Experience in Music Hall" at the Main Library.

Thea Tjepkema, FMH board member, presents "Under One Roof: The African American Experience in Music Hall" at the Main Library.
Speakers Series topics can be presented anywhere, at any time

Speakers Series topics can be presented anywhere, at any time
Program Guide Judy Martin's stories about Music Hall hold students' attention

Program Guide Judy Martin's stories about Music Hall hold students' attention
Program Guide Alan Bunker leads History Tour for Most Valuable Kids

Program Guide Alan Bunker leads History Tour for Most Valuable Kids