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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Neon Philadelphia

A private studio tour and exhibit walk-through with Philadelphia's expert on all things neon!

Join Atlas Obscura Society Philadelphia and Len Davidson to celebrate Philadelphia's rich neon history and learn about his efforts to preserve and exhibit it. Neon signs for local business' like Breyer's Ice Cream, Levi's Hot Dog and McGillan's Ale House have served as indelible pieces of Philadelphia's visual landscape over the years. Even though the scale and number of signs around the city have shrunk, Philadelphia neon found its strongest advocate in Len Davidson, who moved back to Philadelphia in 1979 to start a neon design business founding the "Neon Museum of Philadelphia" four years later.

While the "museum" inches closer to a permanent home for some of Len's 150+ pieces, many are currently on temporary exhibit at Park Towne Place and the former Firestone auto shop on Drexel's campus. Len will host us at his private, home-based studio before we embark on a trolley ride for exhibit walk-throughs of both exhibits. All attendees will leave with a postcard of a local, iconic neon sign of their choosing. We'll also have a chance for one lucky attendee to come away with Len Davidson's book Vintage Neon.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind tour of a unique part of Philadelphia's visual history!


  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • We'll take a trolley from Len Davidson's studio, Park Towne Place and the Firestone Building at Drexel, where the event will conclude. The program will start at North 21st and Mount Vernon Streets and end at 32nd and Market Streets. Attendees can either have the trolly drop them off at 30th and Market Streets or return to North 21st and Mount Vernon Streets.


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