Discover Vancouver’s unique neon era and its controversy at the Museum of Vancouver. Our showcase of signs explores a city in transition through its dialectic relationship with neon.

Vancouver once had approximately 19,000 neon signs. To some, they embodied excitement and big-city living. To others, they were a tawdry display that disfigured our city’s natural beauty. The resulting civic controversy was a turning point in Vancouver’s history.

In October 2011, The Museum of Vancouver unveiled a semi-permanent installation of 22 of those signs. This curated exhibit explores the history of this city and our love/hate relationship with neon.

Visit Museum of Vancouver to learn more...