Edmonton's historic neon sign museum
May 18, 2016
The concept started when David Holdsworth, an urban designer with the City of Edmonton, was walking by an old furniture store in 2004. Workers were removing its iconic neon sign and said that it was destined for the junk pile. Seeing treasure in another man’s trash, Holdsworth convinced them to give it to him. Eventually, with the right partnerships, Holdsworth collected many more signs and led the push to open the Neon Museum. Now the amount of signs are growing and many more are going to be replicated or refurbished from some of the City’s more iconic looks. The fact that it is free and provides people with something interesting to look at is all part of the City’s commitment to breathe life into the downtown core. The touch of nostalgia that neon provides contributes to preserving Edmonton’s historical landscape and makes the city stand out.