In late 1999, Tod founded the National Signs of the Times Museum, named after his family's magazine that he had edited for 26 years. The museum had so much support and new signs pouring into it that soon it outgrew its small building and had to be moved. In 2005, the museum was renamed the American Sign Museum and re-opened in a small artists' co-op near downtown Cincinnati. After several years and even more donations, Tod needed to find an even bigger and permanent home for his growing collection of historic signs.Finally, in the summer of 2012, Tod and many volunteers began moving his vast collection of signs, sign making tools, books, catalogs, and photos into a century-old factory in the historic Camp Washington neighborhood north of downtown Cincinnati.
In order to save historic items from becoming landfill, Tod has collected over 300 signs, 800 books and catalogs, and around 1200 photos and slides. Sign maker's tools can also be found in the museum. The signs displayed in the museum span from the late 1800s up to the 1970s, with the neon signs being especially eye-catching. Local artists from the area have painted storefronts along the museum walls so that guests can really experience the signs in their natural settings. Visitors may feel a sense of nostalgia as they walk by the blinking or whirling signs that they may have once passed while on road trip with the family.
There are guided walking tours at 11 A.M. and 2 P.M Wednesdays through Saturdays, and tours at 2 on Sundays. Tod frequently leads tours and covers 100 years of sign history, while explaining the stories behind the signs as well as the processes used to make them, all the while answering any questions. Weddings and meetings are frequently held in this museum as it has it's own caterers and photographers, and schools are welcome to plan field trips and will also be treated to special tours for children of any age. Visitors can also catch a neon sign-making demonstration during any weekday in the museum, and as they leave perhaps they can buy a mug or T-shirt from the gift shop.