In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Take a trip back in time with the Ignite Sign Museum

Ignite is preserving Tucson's iconic signs.

Jude Cook has worked with neon signs for decades, even restoring several well-known icons around town. Not only did Jude create and restore signs, he collected them. Dozens and dozens of them,  his collection even reached critical mass. It filled his business and soon took over his home.

Two years ago, after visiting several neon sign museums around the country, Jude and his wife had their own bright idea for their signs. They were inspired to open Ignite, a sign art museum in Tucson, a city already known for its neon. The dream became realized last October when they opened.

Familiar commercial logos and replicas of local light up landmarks deck the walls of the museum; from the De Anza Drive-In  Theatre to the Tropicana, to Molina’s Mexican Food.

The Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10a – 4p.  General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Seniors and Military, $8 for Students and children 6-17, and under 6 is free.

The museum is also an event space and in the future they plan to  host sign-making classes.

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