“After the fair, for whatever reasons, at least three of them came to Philadelphia,” Davidson said. “They were put above big jewelry stores.”
For many years, Davidson found places to display pieces of his collection around the city, including the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design and Drexel University. In 2019, he secured a warehouse space in Kensington, now a building shared by the maker space NextFab, the Keystone Bicycle Company, and Beaty American architectural salvage.
This month, the Neon Museum had a soft opening to visitors, by appointment. Visitors must buy tickets online for specific windows of time, Friday through Sunday.
Before Davidson caught what he calls the “neon disease,” he taught sociology at the University of…