COVID may be keeping our doors closed to the public for the time being, but the lights are on and we’re inviting you to virtually tour the museum for the first time! Here’s a list of September events where you can catch all the action.
Wed, Sept 9 @ 8pm EDT – Society for Commercial Archaeology Zoom Event
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Join the Neon Museum of Philadelphia’s founder, Len Davidson, for a night of bright Philly lights!
Davidson will show his museum virtually to SCA members as the finishing touches of the museum are being illuminated. Unable to open currently due to the pandemic, this is a unique and special opportunity to explore Philly’s historic neon signs. Davidson, the author of Vintage Neon and a longtime SCA member, brings decades of knowledge from the fabrication and restoration of famous neon in Philadelphia, and his extensive collection of old Philly signs.
During this Zoom Tour, viewers will virtually step into the museum, which contains over 80 signs from the history of Philadelphia and 20th century United States. Davidson will focus on some highlights and explain the histories and stories behind some of the artifacts.
More information on SCA can be found here. Register for the event here.
Sat, Sept 26 @ 12:30pm EDT / 9:30am PDT – Neon Speaks 2020 Festival and Symposium – Behind the Scenes: Boston and Philadelphia Neon
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Len Davidson of the Neon Museum of Philadelphia has been saving and restoring vintage signs for decades. The staff at the Neon Museum of Philadelphia are ready to give a preview of their new museum, especially since COVID-19 has delayed the grand opening.
Dave and Lynn Waller of Williams Neon will take us on a virtual tour of their neon shop, warehouse and a converted fire station. This handsome collection of neon signs features whimsical and excellent sign design from mid-century to current day.
More information on Neon Speaks, including the full festival schedule, can be found here. Register for the event here.
Week of Sept 21 – The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) Digital Book Fair & Interview Series in Collaboration with Neon Speaks Festival and Symposium
MONA and Neon Speaks will bring together historians, authors, and neon enthusiasts across the world to celebrate the connective power of visual books.
Look out for MONA’s interview with NMOP’s Len Davidson about his quintessential book Vintage Neon. Author interviews will be released through MONA’s “IGTV” in the weeks leading up to the festival and symposium.
More information on MONA’s book fair can be found here.