The Neon Museum of Philadelphia at NextFab features over 120 vintage and art pieces, displayed in our gallery and throughout the building.  We offer special exhibitions, activities, events, videos, and a museum shop.

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


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.


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

Southwest corner of North American and Berks Streets



Friday: 4pm to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Reservations preferred but walk-ins welcomed

Members may always schedule a preview tour


$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.  Memberships available.

Contact us for group and private tour rates.  


Bus Stops

#3 / #57: American & Berks Streets, in front of museum

#47: 7th & Berks Street, 10 min walk east along Berks to museum


Market Frankford Line: Berks Street, 8 minute walk west along Berks to museum

Regional Rail: Temple University, 15 minute walk east along Berks to museum


Free enclosed parking lot on site


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.



Alchemy Illuminated: The Art of Crafting from Trash

November 5, 2021 – December 19, 2021

A very special group show from Philadelphia’s Dumpster Diver art collective, Alchemy Illuminated is part of Philly’s annual CraftMONTH, in which CraftNOW showcases the city’s craft and making scene through a series of events surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show.

Formed 29 years ago, the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers are a found object art collective. Join us for this exciting exhibit of assemblage at its finest, with artist appearances and events throughout the show.

• Friday, November 5th, 4-8pm: First Friday soft opening •

• Saturday, November 6th, 12-5pm: Grand opening of the exhibit •

Exhibiting artists:

Betsy Alexander
Harry Anderson
Ellen Benson
Neil Benson
George Bilyk
Charmaine Caire
Alden W. Cole
Carol Cole
Len Davidson
James Dupree
Charna Eisner
George Felice
Bruce Gast
Joanne Hoffman
Eve Hoyt
Hugo Hsu
John Jonik
Ann Keech
Diane Keller
Smokie Kittner
Christine Nagata
Susan Richards
Simone Spicer
Joel Spivak
Jim Ulrich
Ted Warchal
Sally Lilychild Willowbee
Burnell Yow!


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


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.


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