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NOW SHOWING

The Neon Museum of Philadelphia’s physical space remains closed because of COVID — but we’re staying busy! We’re exploring virtual galleries, online talks, openings for limited visitation, and more. Keep checking in for updates.

The Neon Museum of Philadelphia at NextFab features over 120 vintage and art pieces, displayed in our gallery and throughout the building (plus another 30 at our satellite annex at Drexel University’s Firestone building).

We offer activities, events, videos, changing art shows, and a museum shop.

The block-long NextFab building is also home to other arts-related organizations, a restaurant, and business incubator spaces.

LOCATION

Neon Museum of Philadelphia
at NextFab
1800 North American St, Unit E
Philadelphia, PA 19122

CONTACT

(267) 534-3883

HOURS

Closed during COVID but Founding Members may schedule a preview tour

ADMISSION

$10 admission

To protect children and exhibitions, children under 7 are not admitted and visitors under 16 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Contact us for group and private tour rates.

Memberships available

TRANSPORTATION

Southwest corner of North American and Berks Streets.  Two blocks west of Berks Station on the Market-Frankford Line.

PARKING

Free enclosed parking lot on site

SATELLITE VENUES

In addition to our home at NextFab, the Museum’s satellite venues remain a moveable feast with locations around the city:

Drexel University, See the Light

Drexel University

30+ neon art and vintage pieces with explanatory texts. Firestone Building, 32nd & Market Sts., Phila. Visible from street, illuminated daily 10:30am to 10:30pm. Free
Tuning

Foundation for Architecture

Two vintage signs and a neon clock are displayed in these offices. 1608 Walnut Street, Ste 1702, Phila. To schedule a visit, call (215) 546-1146. Free
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SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Now showing: Mason Carter’s Blendini City

Join us for a special artist talk exploring the exhibition on Wednesday, March 10, 7pm ET via Zoom! Click here for all the event details.

Artist Statement:

I came up with the idea of Blendini City in the year 2018, after
falling in love with my home city Philadelphia’s architecture and
mourning over too many demolished treasures. I thought to myself, “what
if buildings had feelings too?” So I just started drawing neighborhoods,
and I really had no idea I was going to create a whole world where I
would reside as the Mayor.

Being the Mayor, even with its challenges, has been an absolute joy.
That’s because I’ve set out to create a city that is well-run, a joy to
live in, and offers tremendous opportunities for its people and
buildings. From its thrilling transit system to its mosaic of
neighborhoods, I hope I can show Blendini City as an alternative to how
we think of the future city: an authentic place that celebrates the
past, present, and future.

Follow Mason’s work on Instagram (@masonfromblendini) and at BlendiniMayor.com.

The Museum’s special exhibitions focus on neon, Philly culture, and roadside America through photos, paintings, sculpture, and videos. 

TOURS & TALKS

The Neon Museum offers presentations and walking / bus tours for civic, educational, convention, and architectural groups. We explore neon history and Philadelphia vernacular design as a window into Philadelphia’s commercial and cultural heritage. Most tours are local but we’ve presented at venues across the country.

SELECTED PAST NEON EXHIBITIONS

Avanti Gallery, Neon Visions, Philadelphia, 1988

Center for Architecture, Philadelphia, 2008 – 2013

Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Illuminated, Philadelphia, 1986

Folk and Outsider Art Gallery, Pottstown, 2009

Moore College of Art, Collecting, Philadelphia, 1995

Park Towne Place, Light and Language, Philadelphia, 2018

Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal D, Philadelphia, 2001

Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, 2004 (curator)

The Touraine, Penthouse Neon Party, Philadelphia, 2018

Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Storefront, 2001

Philadelphia Dumpster Diver Art Shows, 1995 – present