Neon Museum

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Neon-Museum
“The Neon Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, study and exhibit neon signs and associated artifacts to inspire educational and cultural enrichment for diverse members of our international community.” Our collection ranges from the 1930′s to present day. A number of pieces are restored as public art and mapped for our self guided Fremont Street Tour.
About usOthers are kept in our Boneyard which is available by advance private appointment only. Educational programming revolves around history, design and popular culture primarily focused on Las Vegas. We are also extensively involved with the media and film industry as a location for shoots of all types.The Neon Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Exhibits & Events

The Neon Boneyard is home to some of Las Vegas’ most important signs, which were rescued from demolition and are displayed unrestored. These include, among many others, the Golden Nugget, Binion’s Horseshoe, and the Silver Slipper. The signs are available to be viewed at ground level and up close. Some of the signs are in sections as they were too large to move in one piece.

The Neon Museum has rescued and is restoring the La Concha Motel Lobby, designed by the internationally known architect Paul Revere Williams. When the La Concha and a small addition in back are completed in mid 2009, the Museum will be able to have regular hours instead of booking tours by appointment.

The Neon Museum officially “opened” with the installation of its first refurbished sign, The Hacienda Horse and Rider, on November 15, 1996 at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and Fremont Street.

Today eleven refurbished signs can be seen 24 hours a day 7 days a week in outdoor “galleries” downtown. The first gallery is located in front of Neonopolis on the south side near the Horse and Rider and the other is on the 3rd Street cul-de-sac adjacent to The Fremont Street Experience canopy. Click here for a complete list of the signs you can see on a self-guided walking tour.

Neon Signs Displayed at Old Fort

The Neon Museum has formed a new partnership with our neighbor to the north, on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Washington-the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park (commonly known as the Old Fort.) The Old Fort has agreed to display some signs in its visitors’ center, until such time as the Museum can display them.

Currently on display is the small Silver Slipper sign which once hung over the casino’s back entrance; the letter “A” from the Sahara Hotel and more. The prize in the collection is the fully restored Society Cleaners sign, with its signature top hat and cane, a reminder of a more elegant era. The Gamette family, who operated their cleaners on Fremont Street for 60 years, donated the sign. Robin and Danny Greenspun paid for the restoration.

Researcch & links

The Neon Museum is active in researching the history of Las Vegas through its signage. We are beginning to build our archives by collecting and creating resources for scholars, teachers and other interested persons.

Please contact us with your questions and we will try to assist you in finding the information you need. You can also explore The Neon Survey and our Links page to find out more about neon and sign history.

The Boneyard

We keep our collection of non-restored historic signs outdoors on a 3 acre site in Las Vegas. The signs have been donated or loaned by individuals, businesses and sign companies such as Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO).

The Neon Boneyard tours are available by advance reservation only. Days and times subject to staff and volunteer availability.

All scheduled tours, photo shoots and media visits are subject to cancellation due to Museum construction and sign deliveries.

TOURS

We offer tours Tuesday through Saturday, twice daily at 12pm and 2pm. The minimum donation for our tours is $15.00 per person. Please reserve your spot as far in advance as possible, as we will sell out. We are not able to accept same day appointments or walk-ins without a CONFIRMED appointment via return email.

WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY MISINFORMATION GIVEN OUT BY CONCIERGE OR ANY OTHER TRAVEL INFORMATION SOURCES.

While photography for strictly personal use is welcomed on our tours, photography for any additional artistic or commercial usage must submit an official project request (below).

All scheduled tours, photo shoots and media visits are subject to cancellation due to Museum construction. Click here to schedule a tour.

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