Museum of Neon Art

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Museum of Neon Art
Neon Dragon at Museum of Neon Art.jpg
Location216 S. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, California
Coordinates34°08′37.5″N 118°15′17″W / 34.143750°N 118.25472°W / 34.143750; -118.25472Coordinates: 34°08′37.5″N 118°15′17″W / 34.143750°N 118.25472°W / 34.143750; -118.25472
TypeArt museum
DirectorKim Koga

The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) is an institution that exists to encourage learning and curiosity through the preservation, collection, and interpretation of neon art. The first museum devoted to art that incorporates neon lighting, it exclusively exhibits art in electric media, including kinetic art and outstanding examples of historic neon signs.[1] Its location in downtown LA closed in 2011 and reopened in Glendale, California in 2016.[2] The collection includes neon signs from the Brown Derby and Grauman's Chinese Theatre.[3]

The museum was founded in 1981 by Lili Lakich[4] and Richard Jenkins.[5]

In addition to exhibitions and tours, the museum offers introductory classes in glass bending held in the museum's state-of-the-art studio.[6]


  1. ^ "The Museum of Neon Art". Museum of Neon Art. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ Ahn, Abe (February 3, 2016). "The Museum of Neon Art Switches Back on in LA". Hyperallergic. Hyperallergic. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. ^ Cooper, Arnie (September 3, 2008). "Neon Museum Casts Its Otherworldly Glow". The Wall Street Journal. p. D9.
  4. ^ Lawrence O'Toole (February 4, 1990). "Where Neon Art Comes of Age". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Lewis, Louise (February 17 – March 31, 2001). "Sirens and Other Neon Seductions". Catalog essay, Art Galleries, California State University, Northridge.
  6. ^ Womack, Catherine. "After Decades of Decline, L.A.'s Neon Light Industry Is Experiencing a Resurgence". L.A. Weekly. L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 8 December 2016.

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