The Neville Public Museum

NEON: Darkness Electrified

Exhibit Opens: 29-Jul-2017
Exhibit Ends: 07-Jan-2018

In the late 1920s neon signs began glowing throughout the United States.  This modern and affordable form of advertising held strong through the 1960s.  In downtown Green Bay storefronts illuminated colorful neon signs large and small each evening. 

Neon: Darkness Electrified illuminates this part of social history and explores the science behind the glowing tubes.  While most of these signs have disappeared from highways and storefronts, a local collector works diligently to gather and restore these historic pieces of Americana.  Jed Schleisner.  (Greenville, Wisconsin) is an avid neon collector and a neon sign artisan.   The signs featured in Neon: Darkness Electrified are the best examples from Jed's collection. Signs include restaurants, beer brands, automobile dealerships, fraternal lodges, and more!

Funded in part by grants from The Pivot Rock Fund and Primum Bonum.

Neon:Darkness Electrified is also supported by: The Union Hotel & Restaurant 


Museum Hours

Sun: Noon-5pm
Mon: Closed
Tue: Noon-8pm
Wed: 9am-5pm
Thu: 9am-5pm
Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-5pm

First Wednesday of every month: 9am-8pm*
*With free admission for Brown County residents from 5pm-8pm with proof of residency