Best Of 2020

Best New Museum Digs: Over-the-Rhine Museum

The Over-the-Rhine Museum — inspired by New York City’s popular Lower East Side Tenement Museum — has been in the works since 2015. When the nonprofit announced in early 2020 that they had officially purchased a permanent home at 3 W. McMicken/12 Findlay St. for $165,000, that vision came closer to reality. In aiming to bring to life the stories of OTR and its residents, the museum’s mission is to ultimately explore the larger history of urban America. With about 4,600-feet of total space, Anne Delano Steinert, the museum’s board chairman, estimates it will take $2.4 million to do structural repairs; create usable bathrooms, office and event space; build a gift shop; and assemble period-accurate recreations of living quarters to open the museum. The next step? Steinert says they are going to work to open the building’s storefront enough within a year to 18 months so that they can have a public presence. Over-the-Rhine Museum, 3 W. McMicken/12 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine, otrmuseum.org.