It rains in Vancouver, and that can put a damper on your date plans when you've been waiting all week to go explore and have fun on the weekend. At the Museum of Vancouver, there's a unique exhibit right now where you can step back in time to when the city was lit up with thousands of glowing neon lights. Vancouver's neon museum is a hidden gem that's perfect for your next rainy day plans.
It's hard to imagine Vancouver lit up with so many neon lights like this.
The city actually used to have more glowing neon lights than Las Vegas at one point. There were over 19,000 signs across the city.
The Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver exhibit has signs that used to be on the streets of the city. Between the 1950s and the 1970s, the city was ablaze with neon.
It was actually a big controversy because many people in the city thought that they were ugly and detracted from Vancouver's natural beauty. You can learn more about why the city looks the way it does by exploring the exhibit.
This place has authentic retro vibes, too. There's another exhibit called "The ‘50s Gallery" where you can step back in time.
There's even a little spot that reminds us of the diner out in Mission where they filmed the Riverdale pilot.
This place is perfect for locals and newbies to the city alike and it's a fun way to get closer to the real Vancouver.
This exhibit reminds of places like Chaos Space where you can take surreal photos.
The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vanier Park.* It's fun to take the ferry over from downtown, but it's also easy to walk there or take the bus.
If you need a last-minute indoor activity in Vancouver, you'll impress your friends with this place for sure.
Neon Vancouver Ugly Vancouver
Address: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver BC
Why You Need To Go: Wander a maze of neon lights that used to actually adorn the streets of Vancouver.
*This article has been updated.