Week 49 — American Sign Museum

I’d been wanting to get to the American Sign Museum for a very long time. I finally got to go, and it was unbelievable.

American Sign Museum American Sign Museum

  • I absolutely loved it. I had a feeling I would, but it lived up to and surpassed every expectation.
  • Our tour guide was incredible. He wasn’t your typical flashy guide, but he was dang knowledgeable. Having worked for a sign magazine for a number of years, it was clear he really knew his stuff. If you’re buying General Admission tickets, make it a point to buy them at the same time you schedule a guided tour. It’s the same price as GA tickets, and it’s absolutely worth it. Plus, when the tour is finished, you have all the time you want to peruse the museum.
  • If you have any interest at all in art, design, typography, signage, and/or history: this place is a must visit. Naturally, it was right up my alley, but even Date—who is a history guy more than anything—said, “I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.”
  • I particularly enjoyed how the signage was organized by era, but I also loved the grand finale, which featured a multitude of signs intermittently placed on what looked like a town street.
  • My favorite signs were the “Drugs” sign that hung from the ceiling in the late era (30s to 70s) room; McDonald’s sign that stands nearly 26 feet tall (and cost $38,000!) and the adjacent Howard Johnson sign; as well as the “Pops” sign that lit up an entire wall in the special events room. I also really loved the “letter wall” at the entrance.
  • It saddens me that there isn’t enough funding to refinish the remainder the museum’s 20,000 square feet. Next time I go, I am absolutely going to pony up the $35 to become a member (that $35 includes the $15 admission, so it’s only $20 extra), and I will do my part to ensure everyone I know understands how awesome it is and that a visit is necessary.
  • If I ever have a wedding reception, it’ll be here.

Overall grade: A++ [out of a possible A+]

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