Volunteers from the City of Edmonton Heritage Planning have collected neon signs from old or demolished buildings and brought them back to life for display on the 4th Street Promenade. The outdoor museum started with 8 signs representing early styles and iconic signage in Edmonton's history, with the goal of collecting 30. Each sign has an accompanying plaque telling the story of the neon sign.
In the 20th century, neon was an industry standard for sign makers. Nowadays, the fuel and artisans are rare and expensive, making neon signs a dying industry. The Neon Sign Museum serves as a place to display and appreciate the businesses of the past.