Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver at the Museum of Vancouver

In the gallery next to the Art Deco Chic exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver is an ongoing exhibit called “Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver”.  The room buzzes with the hum of these spectacular neon signs from Vancouver’s history, rescued from the scrapyard and restored to glow again!  Many of the signs were taken down from their original homes in the 1970s when bylaws were introduced to reduce the “visual pollution” that these signs produced.  (For a great article, pop over to the online Georgia Straight article by Jessica Werb.)   It was neat seeing the exhibit with my parents, who remember some of the signs from growing up in Vancouver!  (The last 2 signs pictured are over in the permanent Vancouver History Galleries in the MOV.)  I really enjoyed this exhibit, definitely worth a visit to the MOV – perfect Sunday activity now that the days are getting cloudy and cooler!  (All images by me.)

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