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Night tour at the Neon Museum in Vegas

Night tour at the Neon Museum in Vegas

Night tour at the Neon Museum in Vegas

 

Night tour at the Neon Museum in Vegas

I’ll always remember Las Vegas with its brightly lit neon lights that has been a nightly draw to the strip since the beginning. The many glaring signs lining the strip created a magical presence with a dazzling display every night and making the casinos exciting and larger than life. Nowadays, those majestic neon signs have been replaced with LEDs and other energy efficient bulbs, relegating them as energy consuming dinosaurs along with these old cheesy casinos which blown up one by one in a grand show and last hurrah. Eventually they were replaced with larger casinos covering huge parcels of the strip and glitzier replacements became mega resorts. Fortunately for the Neon Museum organization that had the foresight to try and save what bits of history were left from these old neon signs, and stored them for safe-keeping. Eventually, they started a foundation and opened a museum in 2012, bringing back to life some of these signs so their history will not be forgotten.

 

Four of these signs have been fully restored and are now part of the featured displays on the night tour, along with the ‘boneyard’ as the place is called. The entire museum is lit up magically with colored spotlights to mimic their non-functioning neon glow and their bygone glory days.

Entering the boneyard of the Neon Museum

Entering the boneyard of the Neon Museum

Entering the Boneyard

Not only have the signs been saved and shipped at the boneyard, but the main pavilion and gift shop was originally the old La Concha visitors center. This unique pavilion was donated, cut up and moved in separate pieces to the current location and rebuilt. It is one of the few remaining buildings of a Vegas style affectionately called ‘Atomic Mid Century Modern’.

 

La Concha at the Neon Museum

La Concha at the Neon Museum

 

 

Signs from yesteryear and places lost and far gone. All we have left are these huge, historical remnants to places where people gathered and had fun in Las Vegas of the past.

 

The boneyard relics at the Neon Museum

The boneyard relics at the Neon Museum

 

 

We start walking down one alleyway filled with juxtaposed remants of over 150 historic signs including world famous: Caesars, Sahara, Binions, Stardust and who can forget the Gold Nugget in downtown Vegas. The tour leader gives us some history about each unique sign, how and when it was created and how it fits in to Las Vegas rich history and the casinos eventual demise.

 

The iconic Lido sign at the Neon Museum

The iconic Lido sign at the Neon Museum

The Lido sign – it must have been a really cool place to visit back then don’t you think?

 

The Yucca at the Neon Museum

The Yucca at the Neon Museum

 

The famous Stardust lights is still aglow with spot lights

 

Iconic Stardust at the Neon Museum

Iconic Stardust at the Neon Museum

 

Vintage signs from the past, I wonder what they must have been like to visit?

 

Once a popular restaurant, now at the Neon Museum

Once a popular restaurant, now at the Neon Museum

A quirky and cute duck is illuminated

 

Lit up at the Neon Museum

Lit up at the Neon Museum

All the tours are guided and you must follow closely with your guides at all times. The tour takes approximately an hour to complete the entire boneyard.

More details for your visit

Reservations required, book through their website below

Day time tours are $18 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, active military and Nevada residents

Night time tours are $25 general admission and $22 for seniors, students, active military and Nevada residents.

No backpacks, camera bags, tripods or monopods allowed on tour.

Closed toe shoes recommended for the tour.

The Neon Museum is also available for private tours, weddings and special events.

The Neon Museum is located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of the Downtown district. To find out more information about the museum, visit their website here.

 

Binions Horseshoe and casino

Binions Horseshoe and casino

 

 

For more articles on Las Vegas, check these out:

Las Vegas night scenes

Cool places to visit in Downtown Vegas

Outdoors activities at a ski resort in Las Vegas

A stay at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas

A Grand Canyon helicopter tour from Las Vegas

 

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23 Responses to Night tour at the Neon Museum in Vegas

  1. Mary @Green Global Travel September 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Great night photography! I’m glad they found a place for the old signs that wasn’t a landfill.

  2. JENNIFER September 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Wow… I can’t imagine a more encapsulating museum for Las Vegas than this. …Well, maybe the Liberace Museum, if that’s still open (I don’t think so).

  3. Micki September 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    This is the perfect museum for Vegas to have! I love the creativity that it took to create some of these signs!

  4. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com September 5, 2014 at 5:16 am #

    Never been to Vegas, but this seems a good place to visit aside from the casinos 😀 I love the Binions Horseshoe sign!

  5. Penny Sadler September 5, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    Noel, love this. I wrote a Top 10 on Vegas a couple of years ago and I included the Neon museum. Great pics!

  6. Terry at Overnight New York September 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    I love that the Neon Museum exists and has saved what is undeniably a key element of Las Vegas history. They’re all gorgeous, but I’m partial to Stardust.

  7. Nancie Lee September 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I love your photos! We filmed a scene of Sons of Guns there, but would love to see it at night. Next trip to Vegas, I’m checking it out!!

  8. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas September 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    I really enjoyed Old Vegas as opposed to the newer areas on the strip. We didn’t make it to this museum, but it looks awesome!

  9. Gran Canaria Local September 2, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    We love neon. And it’s heartening to hear that these old signs are being preserved. A great idea for a museum.

  10. wandering educators September 2, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    what FUN signs!!

  11. Jackie September 1, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    I loved the Neon Museum when we visited it in January 2013!!!

  12. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family August 31, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    I’m in Vegas in a few weeks time so will check this out then!

  13. Lauren August 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Very cool that they have kept the old signs for a Neon museum in Las Vegas – very fitting to have a neon lights museum there! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust!

  14. Carmen (CarmensTravelTips) August 31, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    That’s wonderful that they have kept the old signs,and put them to good use for people of all ages to enjoy. I’ve been to Vegas numerous times, and never heard of this place. I’ll definitely check it out next time we are in town. Thanks for linking up again this week.

  15. Corinne August 30, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    I want to do the Neon Museum, and of course I would have wanted to bring my tripod. What did you do to get some clear, crisp photos?

  16. Rhonda Albom August 30, 2014 at 2:24 am #

    I was in Las Vegas last year, but we missed these neat signs. Maybe next time. I love these shots.

  17. Dale August 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    These are fantastic, and so well preserved too. Love the Lido sign the most, but there are plenty more that I’d love to have inside a studio office in the future, just for inspiration.

  18. Marilyn Armstrong August 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    There’s something particularly eerie about abandoned, old resorts. The Catskills are full of them, like Grossinger’s. Especially if, like me, you remember when they were alive and full of people. Great shots.

  19. Suzanne - Travelbunny August 29, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    Hoping to visit Vegas next year and this will definitely be on my must-see list. Great pics 🙂

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