The Neon Museum

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One of the most colorful museums of Warsaw, the Neon Museum displays more than 200 light advertisements created after World War II, during the Communist era. This unique museum – the only one of its kind in Europe – is located at Soho Factory, a post-industrial building in which the Posisk ammunition factory was located and later the Osa scooter factory.

The permanent collection contains hundreds of examples of the last surviving remnants of the “great neonisation” campaign across the former Eastern Bloc, the official policy to bring some of the glitz of Western nightscapes to the streets of Polish cities.

Commissioned and installed by Reklame, the official state advertising agency, these light signs were designed by some of the best Polish artists and graphic designers, usually using hand-written fonts. In most cases, since no brands were allowed, the neon signs would only state the type of business – jewelry, dancing, theater, etc.

Photographer Ilona Karwinska, who saved the Berlin neon sign from the Marszalkowska street, is responsible for rescuing and preserving these neons, opening the museum in 2012 with her partner David Hill.

Contacts & Details

Soho Factory, Mińska 25, Praga District 03-808 Warszawa

Sunday:

11:00 – 17:00

Monday:

12:00 – 17:00

Tuesday:

12:00 – 17:00

Thursday:

12:00 – 17:00

Friday:

12:00 – 17:00

Saturday:

12:00 – 18:00