The Neon Museum of Philadelphia got its start in the 1970s, when Professor Len Davidson opened his American Dream-themed tavern, The Gamery. This quirky locale contained relics of Americana, from Lionel trains, antique pinball displays, and a Hollywood celebrity booth. Illuminating the whole space were Neon signs, their allure starting Davidson on a long path that brought him back to his hometown of Philadelphia in 1979. Seeking out the remaining tube benders and scavenging for neon treasures left by the wayside, Davidson became deeply involved in all things neon. Starting Davidson Neon Design and the Neon Museum of Philadelphia to preserve and create new neon art, Davidson provides a space for visitors to become immersed in the glow of yesteryear and learn about the production of these vibrant decorations.