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The Neon Museum of Philadelphia is OPEN to visitors for limited days and times!  Reserve your tickets using the link below.

ABOUT

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.

COVID

COVID is still a primary concern for our staff and visitors, so we require the following:

MASKS: All visitors are requested to wear masks inside the Museum and throughout NextFab if they are not fully vaccinated. For visitors who are fully vaccinated, masks are optional.

SOCIAL DISTANCING:  Please maintain a distance of 6 feet or more between you and other visitors.

The Museum reserves the right to ask any visitor not following these regulations to leave.

HOURS

Limited days and hours

Reservations are preferred but walk-ins are welcome.

Founding Members may always schedule a preview tour

ADMISSION

Reserve tickets in advance

$10 admission
7 to 12 year olds:  Free
Under 7:  Not admitted

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

Members admitted free with membership card

Contact us for group and private tour rates

Memberships available

ACCESSIBILITY

NextFab’s entrances are fully accessible to those in wheelchairs and with other mobility issues. The Neon Museum is also fully accessible. Please contact us if you encounter accessibility barriers or require assistance.

LOCATION

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

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

CONTACT

(267) 534-3883

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Seeing Ghosts: 7 Photographers Capture Faded Wall Ads

July 2, 2021 through August 8, 2021

Across the globe, artifacts from pre-Internet commerce emerge from building facades in hand-painted figures and fonts of vintage advertisements. Known as ghost signs, these faded wall ads are folk art diamonds in the rough of today’s shiny plastic cities. Their fossilized messages, ranging from obvious to obscure, are the focus of our show’s ghost sign hunters, who’ve captured these fading designs and histories in photographs, videos, and interviews. 

A live wall painting event will be held at the Museum by Philadelphia artist Gibbs Connors on July 3rd.  Appearances by different photographers will occur throughout the exhibit as will additional demonstrations by Gibbs. Stay tuned for announcements.
 
Featuring work by Peter Woodall, Frank Jump, Chris Brace, Len Davidson, MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson, Gibbs Connor, and Jordan Keiffer.

SATELLITE VENUES

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

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