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  • Writer's pictureGrant Guy

Museum of Neon Art

The Museum of Neon Art in Glendale is a bit hit and miss for us, as our main interest in visiting is to see vintage neon signs.

The museums mission statement says they are focussed on “the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon, electric and kinetic art”, sooooooo …… sometimes in the changing exhibition space you will see lots of vintage neon, and sometimes you will see modern art, using neon in some way. It’s always interesting, but not always focussed on vintage neon, or the history of neon.

The gallery only has one small exhibition space, and also a neon “workshop” that can be viewed but has been inactive each time we’ve visited.

Although the small gallery space “might” not be 100% aligned to your interests, there is still a great vintage sign collection on permanent display - if you’re wanting to see vintage signs, the gift shop has an eye-popping display. (and some very tempting merch)

Also, make sure to walk around the outside of the museum, as several vintage signs have been restored and are mounted on the outskirts of the grounds.

Pro tip: if vintage neon is your thing, make sure you investigate what the current exhibition entails - it may be that all the vintage neon on display at the time of your visit is outside the building and in the gift shop - and you can see all that for FREE!


Southern California #45 - last visited 16th November 2019

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