Beyond the Bricks Walking Tours Resume May 6!
"Fascinating!" "Fabulous tour guides" "A must see for all who live here!" These are just a few of the many favorable reviews given by everyone who has taken a ''Beyond the Bricks'' Walking Tour of Cincinnati's historic Music Hall. As you patiently await the grand re-opening following renovation of Cincinnati's historic Music Hall, get a close look at structural details and hear fascinating, unpublished stories about the people who built it. In every tour, knowledgeable volunteer guides share stories and anecdotes on the structure's history and fabulous architecture, design construction, people who helped make it happen, along with the cultural and society of the neighborhood in 1878. Everyone who experiences a ''Beyond the Bricks'' program gains new insight into why Cincinnati Music Hall truly merits its designation as a community event gathering place and one of the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world.
Details for Beyond the Bricks Walking Tours
The popular Walking Tours are held Saturdays from 10:00am to 11:30am and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. As Music Hall is closed during revitalization, tours are entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are recommended. No pets - no alcohol, but bring bottled water. And individuals under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. While we are happy to make reasonable accommodations for all people, tours are not recommended for very young children or people for whom walking is difficult. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for more details.
Walking Tour Fees and Special Offers
For BTB outdoor tours: tickets must be purchased in advance and are $20 per person. Group discounts are available:
- $18 per ticket when you purchase 5 or more tickets together
- $15 per ticket when you purchase 10 or more tickets together
- Group Rates are available for 15 guests or more
- Discounts are available for school groups, based on financial need
A Special ''Pic-Tou'' Offer
Enhance your touring event with a visit to one of the nearby restaurants within walking distance of Washington Park, or make it special with a picnic lunch delivered in the park! Pre-order your special picnic lunch from Revolution Rotisserie or Bottle & Basket, or stop in and receive a discount off the full menu. Proof of Beyond the Bricks tour purchase is required. NOTE: Adult refreshments are not permitted on the tour, but are available after the tour at the Deck in Washington Park.
Speaker Series ''tours'' are designed to be held at your location. Each is about 1-hour long, features images and information about Music Hall, and can be somewhat tailored according to the audience. Currently there are four topics available for presentation:
Evolution of an Icon
Cincinnati Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark, is living history. Learn how Cincinnati Music Hall, came to be and discover why it was the envy of the Great Midwest in the 19th-century. Discover its unique role in Cincinnati's history reflecting the spirit of the past and present, when culture and commerce went hand-in-glove, as it serves as the cornerstone of the 21st-century renaissance of Cincinnati's historic heart.
Music Hall 360
This presenation takes the audience on a 360-degree, around-the-building view of Cincinnati Music Hall's history and fabulous architecture. Explore garrets, turrets, gables, insets and nooks. Learn about Music Hall's design construction, architectural styles and the cultural neighborhood of 1878. Historians, architecture enthusiasts and adventurers alike will gain new insight into why Cincinnati Music Hall truly merits its designation as one of the best and most beautiful venues in the world.
Music Hall in Pictures: A Virtual Tour
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.
Pulling Out All the Stops: Music Hall's Mighty Organs
Visit 19th century Cincinnati, ''the city that sings'' and learn about Music Hall's 6 organs, including the first, the Hook & Hastings, which, at the time it was built, was considered the largest and best organ in the country. Can you imagine over 6,000 pipes or a pipe organ's bellows run by water? More recently, a renewed interest in authentic theater and classical pipe organs led to the restoration of the famed ''Mighty Wurlitzer'' Albee Theatre organ, now housed in Music Hall's Ballroom. Hear the organs' stories of triumph and defeat, of loss and renewal!
Speaker Series Fees
Information on cost is available by calling (513) 744-3293 or
Beyond the Bricks In-School Program
(coming in 2017)
The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) in partnership with the Cincinnati Arts Association is committed to supporting educators and enriching the classroom experience with opportunities for students to learn the rich history of one of their city's most significant icons and National Historic Landmark - Cincinnati Music Hall.
Designed with 21st Century Skills and curriculum requirements in mind, the ''Beyond the Bricks'' Music Hall in-school curriculum entertains and inspires with customized lessons that relate to multiple subject areas and to life experiences. This program, led by SPMH-trained docents, combines vivid storytelling and hands-on activities to teach the unique history of our city's cultural and industrial past and the prominent role Music Hall has played in the history of Cincinnati.
This in-school program is recommended for third- and fourth-grade students and runs approximately two hours.
In-School Program Fee and Scheduling
The in-school program costs $175.00.
All tour fees support the efforts of SPMH - The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, a non-profit 501(c)(3), to help secure Music Hall for future generations. See a list of many of the SPMH Accomplishments.