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About the Neon Muzeum

The Neon Muzeum is dedicated to the documentation and the preservation of Cold War era neon signs and electro-graphic design.

Since 2005, our institution has been passionately engaged in the enormous task of documenting and preserving the last surviving remnants of the once great 'neonisation' campaign across the former Eastern Bloc. Our ongoing efforts have also been credited with ushering in a new neon renaissance throughout Poland; a movement that began with the opening of the first and only museum of its kind in Europe - the Neon Muzeum !

The permanent collection contains hundreds of fully restored and dazzling neon signs, as well as other electro-graphic artefacts; many of which were designed by the great graphic artists of the age – many of whom were responsible for the world-famous Polish Poster School. When you visit the Neon Museum you will be astonished by the sheer inventiveness and unique characteristics of a hitherto unknown art form – which was born from revolution, served as state propaganda, and were ubiquitous in Poland's post-war period.

Building on more than a decade of preservation and research efforts, we have also initiated a campaign to protect the last important neon signs within their original urban environment. We have named this hugely successful campaign ‘Action Renovation!’.

The Neon Muzeum is a private institution and does not seek or receive public funding. Therefore, our visitors and supporters directly finance our mission to preserve and restore these unique neon artefacts for future generations.

Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic team are on hand to assist and guide visitors and larger groups, and keep the Neon Muzeum open 7 days a week – as well as hosting other special events, workshops, educational programs, film screenings, guided tours, and special after-hours tours (upon booking reservation and fee).

We invite you to visit the Neon Muzeum – one of the most popular destinations in Warsaw – and marvel at these brilliant and rare cold war era neon signs !

(Click to learn more about the history of Polish Cold War Neon) 


For enquiries, please contact us at: info@neonmuzeum.org


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Neon Muzeum Directors & Co-Founders

David S. Hill and Ilona Karwinska