Neon Museum

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Neon Museum
Neon Museum logo.png
Location Las Vegas, Nevada
Coordinates 36°10′39.64″N 115°8′12.92″W / 36.1776778°N 115.1369222°W / 36.1776778; -115.1369222
Type Art museum
Website neonmuseum.org
A sign from the museum's collection, displayed in the plaza next to Neonopolis

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, features signs from old casinos and other businesses displayed outdoors on over 6 acres (2.4 ha).[1] The museum is restoring the La Concha Motel lobby as its visitor center, which officially opened on October 27, 2012.[2]

For many years, the Young Electric Sign Company stored many of these old signs in their "boneyard." The signs were slowly being destroyed by exposure to the elements. The museum is slowly restoring the signs and placing them around the Fremont Street Experience.

History[edit]

The Neon Museum was founded in 1996 as a partnership between the Allied Arts Council of Southern Nevada and the City of Las Vegas. Today, it is an independent non-profit. The Neon Museum maintains restored signs along the Fremont Street Experience as well as the signs in the Boneyard collection.

Located on Las Vegas Boulevard and Bonanza, the Neon Museum includes a new park.

November, 1996: The Neon Museum at the Fremont Street Experience opens with the Hacienda Horse & Rider sign being lit at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.

On January 24, 2006, the original 80-foot (24 m) tall Sahara sign was donated to the museum.

The Neon Museum recently restored three signs to the median, including the famous Silver Slipper. The Neon Boneyard City Park (next to the museum) installed its sign based on pieces held in the collection and will open soon. The museum also recently took in the sign from the Moulin Rouge Hotel and is restoring the historic La Concha lobby to serve as the museum's building.

Restored signs[edit]

The Neon Museum maintains twelve restored signs throughout Downtown Las Vegas. Some can be seen on a self-guided visitors walk through the Fremont Street Experience. Three others have been added in recent years to the median of Las Vegas Boulevard in front of the eventual site for the Neon Museum itself.

Boneyard[edit]

The Neon Museum is located on Las Vegas Boulevard and Bonanza Road, across the street from Cashman Center and along the Las Vegas downtown museum corridor. The boneyard preserves over 150 neon signs from the Nevada area. While the core of the collection is from the old Yesco Boneyard, private donations and loans have expanded the collection to the current size.

Important historical pieces in the boneyard include the signage from the Moulin Rouge Hotel, the Stardust, Desert Inn and Caesars Palace as well as many others. Not just neon signage, the museum also houses fiberglass sculptures including a giant skull from the Treasure Island among others.

Tours (and private photo shoots) of the boneyard must be arranged with the office prior to your visit. One-hour tours operate every thirty minutes during daylight hours seven days a week. The there are tours for Summer starting at 9 and ending at 10am with a tour at 9:30. They then pick tours back up at 7 every half hour until 9.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bass, Shermakaye (2007-06-06). "Neon Museum saving Las Vegas' iconic signs". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  2. ^ O'Reilley, Tim (August 31, 2012). "Lights this way: Neon Museum opening set". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 

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