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“A definite must see”
Review of The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery which houses additional rescued signs and is available for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs. Due to the nature of our collection, the Neon Museum Boneyard is only available to the public through an hour long guided tour. Tours are available seven days a week and tour times vary based on the season. Dedicated individuals from the private sector, as well as corporate and government entities, worked collaboratively to promote the preservation of these national treasures as significant pieces of artistic and historical importance. Each sign in the Neon Museum’s collection offers a unique story about the personalities who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made, and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history. In addition, the Neon Museum collection chronicles changes and trends in sign design and technology through pieces ranging from the 1930s to the present day. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects.
Ottawa, Canada
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“A definite must see”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

If you're interested in a little insight into how Las Vegas evolved into the place it is today, this is the place for you. Old time casinos and businesses, neon signs have been given a new home for future generations to see them for years to come.

Literally next door from the AAA baseball Las Vegas 51's, the Neon Museum is a large property with signs, signs and more signs. Make sure to buy tickets in advance on their website to not be disappointed (admission is by invitation only, so it's not open just any time), bring lots of water (one 12 ounce bottle will not likely be enough) and wear a hat... my wife didn't make it through the whole tour as she had forgotten hers. It was 96 degrees the day we went and the tour guide said it can be up to ten degrees warmer inside the compound.

Cameras are allowed, take all the pictures you want... you can even post them to Facebook if you want, you will have to sign a waiver to attest to the fact you acknowledge you won't sell the photos.

The guide even said the collection won't remain stagnant, so if you saw it a while ago, it's worth checking out again as something new will most likely be there to greet you. A nice break from the noise, hustle and bustle.

Visited May 2012
Thank Mike-nine-one-one
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Ottawa, Canada
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“A fun hour away from the glitter.”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

The Neon museum is a fun place to take pictures but also to get some knowledge about the history of Las Vegas. Our tour guide provided us with a lot of fun facts. It is NOT for the ederly people since you are walking for close to 1 hour and you are in the sun. There was some older people in the group and they didn't last very long.

Book in advance , this tour is popular.

Visited May 2012
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South Sioux City, Nebraska
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“Must see!!!!!”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

I was excited for this tour the minute I found out about it! Made sure to get tix in advance so they didn't sell out. Lots of really neat history provided by our tour guide and seeing these old signs was really too cool!!!! It's wonderful what they are doing there!!!! Some may see if as old rusty busted up signs.................. But it was Las Vegas history, really cool workmanship and alot of information. And loving to take photographs it was a perfect place so colorful unique images. We really had a great time here and I for sure will visit and take the tour again when i make it back to Vegas.

Visited May 2012
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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“FAB Vegas fun!”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

An unpublicized gem. At the moment a gravel yard full of older Vegas signs--neon and other. The tour takes you through this forest of neon and gives you lots of Vegas history. Soon they will have a vistor's center and start advertising. Get off the strip!

Visited April 2012
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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“Its Great To See A Pieace Of The Old Vegas”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

We found this on the Internet a few weeks before we left for Vegas and booked up straight away. We arrived at the museum slightly late due to traffic however the staff were extremely helpful and got us checked in within minutes.

The museum also offers free bottles of water as there are no shops nearby however they do expect a tip which is understandable so make sure you take change.

We walked around the yard where the old signs are kept, it was really interesting and the person talking us through the signs was happy for us all to walk slightly ahead of behind to take photos as long as we stayed in sight.

The yard is small and very narrow in some places and some signs lay over one another so it would be even better if they could display the signs individually or have small plaque to say where each neon sign came from or its history so you could walk around the yard at your own pace however this is a project which is still being developed so maybe this will happen in the future.

All in all it was a great tour, it’s good to see that someone is saving all these old signs as Vegas pulls hotels and buildings down at a scary rate to make room for new ones and it would be easy to forget the heritage attached to the every changing city.
This tour is a must see for anyone who is interesting in the old Vegas and its hotel/neon history.

Visited May 2012
Thank John w
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