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.
Neon Museum of Philadelphia
1800 North American St, Unit E
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Southwest corner of North American and Berks Streets. Two blocks west of Berks Station on the Market-Frankford Line.
In addition to our home at NextFab, the Museum’s satellite venues remain a moveable feast with locations around the city:
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.
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.
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