Rescue, Restore, Illuminate.


Signs Rescued

Signs Restored

In The Collection

Team Members


A 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, The Lumi Neon Museum proudly joins forces with The Automotive Museum of Kansas City to present vintage local neon alongside classic automobiles in one spectacular Kansas City venue.

The LUMI will soon open to the public in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The placement of vintage neon among classic automobiles from the Kansas City Automotive Museum will make The LUMI a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.

Tax-deductible contributions not only help preserve and display these historic signs, but also help educate the public about the businesses they signaled, their recovery and restoration, as well as their contributions to Kansas City commerce.


Our Vision

Much of Kansas City’s history is written in neon. The Lumi Neon Museum was founded to save vintage Kansas City neon.

Starting in early 2017 with the rescue of the 1946 Crick Camera sign, the vision for the LUMI Neon Museum was born with the single objective to “Save the Kansas City Neon.” 

From this initial vision by Kansas City-based and nationally recognized photographer Nick Vedros, The Lumi Neon Museum was born.

The plan was to create a vintage neon museum, a publicly funded non-profit 501 (c)(3), that will rescue, restore, preserve and display iconic neon signs, primarily from Kansas City businesses.

To that end, Nick put the weight of his 40-plus years of professional experience to work, assembling a team of prominent Kansas City business people to comprise the LUMI Board of Directors. 

To further ensure its success, The Lumi Neon Museum has teamed up with the Kansas City Automotive Museum, currently based in Olathe, Kansas, but moving soon to a spacious, centrally located spot in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It seems only natural that showcasing classic automobiles and vintage neon signs together will have enormous appeal to a wide audience. 

Every sign has a story; we intend to tell each one, including history, business ownership, donor credit, the restoration process and more–our purpose is also to educate.

Priciple Officers &

Board Non-Salaried Officers

Nick Vedros, President

Lisa Hickok, Secretary

Pam Besheer, Vice President, Marketing Manager

Brian McCallister Assistant Secretary, Legal

Steve Noll, Historian

Board of Directors

Nick Vedros, President

Lisa Hickok, Secretary

Pam Besheer, Vice President, Marketing Manager

Brian McCallister, Assistant Secretary, Legal

Steve Noll, Historian

Bob Bernstein, Visionary

Curtis Shaddox, Historic Neon Sign Preservationist

Diann Roche (TBD), Treasurer

Bill Ost, Writer

Dudley Burt, Art Director



“Every sign has a story; we intend to tell each one”

Nick Vedros

Contact Us

Coming Soon to Kansas City

000 456 7893