Neon Museum

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Neon Museum
Neon Museum logo.png
Established 1996
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
Horse and rider from the Hacienda Resort

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 features a restored lobby shell from the defunct La Concha Motel 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 signs are considered by Las Vegas locals, business owners and government organizations to be not only artistically, but also historically, significant to the culture of the city. Each of the restored signs in the collection holds a story about who created it and why it is important.[3]

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.

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

November, 1996: The Neon Museum restored and installed the Hacienda Horse & Rider sign 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 restored and installed the famous Silver Slipper sign across from its welcome center.

The museum also took in the sign from the Moulin Rouge Hotel and restored the historic La Concha lobby to serve as the museum's welcome center.

Restored signs[edit]

The Neon Museum maintains several restored signs throughout Downtown Las Vegas.

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.

Pieces in the boneyard include signage from the Moulin Rouge Hotel, the Stardust, Desert Inn and Caesars Palace as well as many others. The museum also houses fiberglass sculptures including a giant skull from the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino among others.

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. 
  3. ^ http://www.neonmuseum.org/about

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