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MONA Receives Major Donation from City of Anaheim

California’s Museum of Neon Art takes possession of several historic signs.




Neon signs A collage of images showing The Sandman Motel in its heyday and, at present, the signs for the Silver Moon Motel and 5 Points Liquor Market, loaded on a truck and trailer for transport to MONA’s Pomona warehouse.

The Museum of Neon Art (MONA; Glendale, CA) has announced that it has accepted a significant donation of neon signs from the City of Anaheim. According to a statement from MONA, most of these signs, which are notable due to their aesthetic and nostalgic appeal, were assumed long gone. Some of the signs have been in storage for the past 20 years.

Among the donations (and pictured here) are the iconic neon signs from The Sandman Motel and Silver Moon Motel, which measure over 14 and 12 feet respectively. From the 1950’s and for many decades, the signs attracted families visiting the area’s Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland theme parks.

“Mid-century neon signs are part of Anaheim’s history,” Mike Lyster, chief communications officer for the City of Anaheim, is quoted in the statement from MONA. “Regrettably, some of the motels, restaurants and other businesses that pioneered neon signs in our city have outlived their usefulness and gone away.

Working with the Museum of Neon Art, we’ve found a way to preserve part of Anaheim’s original golden age. We welcome everyone to experience Anaheim’s history through MONA and to support the museum’s work to preserve and showcase the history of not just our city but all of Southern California.”

“MONA applauds the forethought of the City of Anaheim to preserve these historical treasures. It was not long ago when cities across the United States were banning neon signs; now neon is recognized as a crucial part of a city’s heritage,” MONA Executive Director Corrie Siegel is quoted in the statement.

The donated signs now reside at MONA’s Pomona, CA warehouse which will start hosting tours for the public next year.


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