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Neon sign museum explores the light fantastic

Photo caption: The Dalles was nominated in the top five runner ups for the competition in the Business Revolution National Campaign.

The National Neon Sign Museum in The Dalles downtown historic district captures the history, craftsmanship and culture of America through the lens of the signage and advertising industry.

The museum provides historical, social, and cultural relevance through the exhibition of more than 20,000 square feet of electrifying signs, ephemera, and interactive displays that date from the late 1800’s through the 1960’s. Housed in the old Elk’s Lodge, the museum will not only display full-scale, one-of-a-kind installations, but will also eventually have collaborative space where museum owner and curator, David Benko, hopes visitors can learn how to bend glass and make their own neon signs.

The museum features one of the largest collections of neon storefront signs in the world. The collection includes many one-of-a-kind signs, displays and a rare grouping of West Coast petroleum signs. A ‘Dog n’ Suds’ sign and the Howard Johnson’s ‘Simple Simon’ are also among the collection.