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Museum of Neon Art (MONA)

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Address: 136 W. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1308
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This museum is dedicated to older as well as more modern neon art. It also...

This museum is dedicated to older as well as more modern neon art. It also offers a neon design technique class.

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We were really looking forward to this museum, but were disappointed. Although it has some cool interesting neon signs, there aren't very many of them on display. It's more like a... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2016
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Tucson, Arizona
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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We attended a walk-thru tour with the museum director on a recent Friday afternoon at 12:30. These occur regularly, I think, and greatly enhanced the experience of this small museum. She took us into the lab where students create neon works and showed us the tools and mechanics that are used. It was very interesting and gave us new insight... More 

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Los Angeles
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73 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

2 Star Fair Rating, not because of the great display of neon, but to call this one room display of neon a Museum is misleading. It should be "Nice small display of Neon". $10 admission and won't take longer than 30 minutes even if you read every description.

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Thank ganon
Simi Valley, California
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49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Our Car Club visited M.O.N.A. on a Saturday afternoon. Wonderful display of vintage, neon signs, and interesting little video to watch in a back room. Just wish there were more signs, but space is limited. They do change out the exhibit every so often, so I plan to return again some day. Before or after go to lunch,or for a... More 

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Thank Marilyn W
Tahoe City, California
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102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

The exhibit changes every several months. We viewed classic neon signs, mostly from the L.A. area. A unique museum which is basically one large room. We liked it. I believe classes are also given at this location.

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Thank SusanMcK
Anaheim, California
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26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

A true gem for someone who enjoys vintage Americana. The museum is small but also the signs are large. Remember, these were meant to catch your attention as you are driving. At eye level they are quite big. I wanted more but I understand the challenges they have. I know my $10 will go to help save and restore these... More 

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Thank Dean92802
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This lovely, and lovingly prepared, museum has recently opened in Glendale and I had the pleasure of visiting a few weeks ago. The staffers Gregg and Kim were gracious and helpful. And oh, what a collection! Time travel back into mid-20th Century Southern California: the Van de Kamp's windmill, the blinking OK Used Car sign, the spectacular Spanish dancing couple,... More 

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Thank Kathleen V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

We were eager to visit this museum and the greeter was very kind & helpful, but it was extremely small. It's one room. It's a full room, but one room nonetheless. Also, since some of the art is pulled from Instagram then you only see about half that is actually neon signage. Cool, but not worth the $10 ticket or... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We were really looking forward to this museum, but were disappointed. Although it has some cool interesting neon signs, there aren't very many of them on display. It's more like a gallery, than a museum. We were looking for information about the signs, such as where they came from, how old they were and how they came to be in... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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239 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

I love neon. I love museums. This place is a HUGE disappointment. There are very few signs displayed in this tiny facility. From the outside the museum looms large and full of fabulous signs. But beware, the actual museum is the size of a large garage with only a few signs amateurishly displayed. It's a shame since this concept could... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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540 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016

One of the most important things to note is that MONA is about preservation and documentation of older & historical pieces. Signs that were in danger of being destroyed have found homes with MONA. If you are serious about signage, MONA is your type of place. It is small but has some lovely vintage examples currently on display. A Jantzen... More 

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