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

Since 2005, our institution has been passionately engaged in the enormous task of researching and restoring the last surviving remnants of the ‘great neonisation’ campaign across the former Eastern Bloc. Our ongoing efforts have been credited with ushering in a new neon renaissance throughout Poland; a movement that culminated in the opening of the first and only museum of its kind in Europe.

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

Building on more than a decade of preservation and research efforts, we have initiated a campaign to protect the last important neon signs within their original urban setting. We named this hugely successful campaign ‘Action Renovation!’ and we have already restored some of Warsaw’s most iconic signs – such as the mermaid Syrenka on ul. Grójecka, and the incomparable ‘Mydła Farby’ (Soap & Paint) on ul. Nowolipki, in addition to re-recreating the cult neon sign ‘Jaś i Małgosia’ for a new café bar of the same name on Al. Solidarności.

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 team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers are on hand to assist visitors and larger groups, and keep the Neon Muzeum open 5 days a week – as well as hosting other special events, 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 museums in Warsaw – and appreciate these rare and fascinating cold war neon signs with us !

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



Directors David S. Hill and Ilona Karwinska