NEW Health & Safety Guidelines are in place for all guests for Music Hall Tours.
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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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Outdoor Building Tours of Music Hall are back! Now through November 2021.

Outdoor Building Tour of Cincinnati Music Hall

While anyone can view the structure, only tour attendees will really see the details, understand the significance, and hear the stories about this iconic building. The Outdoor Building Tour presented by the Friends of Music Hall explores Music Hall's history, the symbolism and design of the architecture, the challenges at every step of construction, and the people who made it happen, along with information on the culture and society of the neighborhood in 1878.

Outdoor Building Tours are held April through November, rain or shine, on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Walking is required and tours are approximately 60 minutes long. Please note this tour does not go inside Music Hall.

  • Outdoor Building Tours begin outdoors. Meet your Friends of Music Hall guide dressed in a dark polo shirt and badge on the front steps of Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street.
Tickets can be purchased up to three hours before the start of the tour.  It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling (513) 621-2787 [ARTS]. 

  • $15 per person
  • $5 for children under 12 years of age
  • $13 per ticket when you purchase 5-8 tickets together

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

For Outdoor Tours, fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear a mask.  Unvaccinated guests are required to wear a mask or face covering.  Children under the age of 6 and those with medical conditions are exempt. Guests are asked to spread out (at least 6 feet) during the tour. Guests and guides are asked to use hand sanitizer, washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, and cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.

Additional discounts:

  • $5 each special pricing 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, CAA and Certified Tourism Ambassadors.

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

Tour inside Cincinnati Music Hall

Tour inside Cincinnati Music Hall!

Tour through private and public spaces in the recently revitalized Music Hall.

Explore 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.

Music Hall tours speak to guests with a wide range of ages and interests! 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. It is highly recommended that tickets 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 people should book their tour through the Friends of Music Hall office. Get more information or email  musichalltour@friendsofmusichall.org.

  • Special discounts are available for groups over 30 people.

Additional discounts:

  • $5 each special pricing 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.

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

For Indoor Tours, ALL guests must wear a mask, even those who are fully vaccinated.  Children under the age of 6 and those with medical conditions are exempt. Guests are asked to spread out (at least 6 feet) during the tour. Guests and guides are asked to use hand sanitizer, washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, and cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue. We appreciate your cooperation.

For individuals, and for groups with fewer than 30 people: sign up 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:

  • WHERE THE TOUR OF THE INSIDE OF MUSIC HALL STARTS: Meet your tour at 1241 Elm Street (south end of the building). Enter through the door marked "CSO Ticket Office."
  • Length: approximately 1 hour
  • Tour check-in begins 15 minutes prior to start; there is no late entry.
  • Space is limited. All sales are final. Guest cancellation is non-refundable.
  • Food and drink are not permitted on this tour.
  • Tour includes stairs; wear comfortable footwear. Tour is also completely ADA accessible.
  • Hearing devices are provided.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian, and these tours are not recommended for small children.

For full details, check out the Tours 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.
    • Music Hall 360 shows an around-the-building view of Music Hall's fabulous architecture while describing the structure’s history and evolution.
    • Music Hall in Pictures: A Virtual Tour brings Music Hall to you! Cincinnati’s Music Hall was built in 1878 as a multipurpose facility for the May Festival and exhibition center for technology, agriculture, and the arts. It has been a national treasure and a community and cultural center for 138 years. Discover the unique history and take a virtual tour of the hall's evolution over the years including highlights from the most recent 143 Million dollar renovation to which Friends of Music Hall was a top contributor. Come visit beautiful spaces including backstage.
    • Mighty Monument of Sound—The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ will take you retro! Known for creating full symphonic, background music and “sound effects” like train whistles and bird calls, Friends of Music Hall Program Guides take you back to the time of vaudeville and silent pictures when the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ was all the rage. Follow the rise and fall and rise (again!) of Cincinnati’s own Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ and its new life after a 1.4 million dollar renovation in its new home in Cincinnati Music Hall.
    • Friends of Music Hall: Restore and Renew presents historic renovations – particularly the most recent - and highlights Friends of Music Hall’s mission and role in preserving Music Hall for the future.
    • 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.

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.
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.
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