“home to the neon boneyard”
If there's one city known for its neon, it has to be Las Vegas; Sin City is known for being flashy, and its signage is no exception. But what happens to the totally rad signs from the Strip once they get worn down or outdated? They head to the Neon Boneyard...but don't worry, it's not as depressing as it sounds! The Boneyard is run by the Neon Museum, which collects, preserves, studies and exhibits some of Vegas's most iconic old signs from the 1930's to today. The entire museum encompasses 2 acres, and the Boneyard (which houses more than 150 gorgeous retro signs) is only a part of it. There's also a gallery, with 60 more kitschy vintage neon signs, like ones from Palms Casino Resort, New-New York, Lady Luck, O'Shea's and tons more. They definitely don't make neon like they used to! You can get an up-close the Boneyard as part of an hour-long tour (hint: go in the evening or at night to see the signs in all their blazing neon glory), or book it for a photo shoot (wedding pictures after you elope in Vegas, maybe?) And as if it couldn't get any cooler, the Neon Museum's Visitor's Center is located in the distinctive lobby of the La Conchita Motel-- it's an excellent example of mid-century space age-inspired architecture and complements the old-school signage perfectly. And, most importantly, don't forget your camera, because, with so much awesomeness crammed into the boneyard, it's basically impossible to take a bad picture. -Roadtrippers The Neon Museum was established as a non-profit organization in 1996 to collect and exhibit neon signs, the classic Las Vegas art form. Dedicated individuals from the private sector as well as corporate and government entities have worked tirelessly to promote the preservation of these national treasures. The Neon Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, study and exhibit iconic Las Vegas neon signs for educational, historic, and cultural enrichment. Each of the more than 150 signs in the collection can be used to tell a unique story about who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made, and how it fits into the development of Las Vegas and its rich history. Changes and trends in design and technology are also illustrated in the pieces that range from the 1930s to the present day. Featured in Mars Attacks and more!
We did a day time tour on our Vegas Honeymoon (would have loved to do it at night and see the restored signs lit up, but they sell out quick! if you're set on night time, book at least 2 weeks ahead). It is guided but it was a ton of fun, very interesting to hear the history of Vegas and the evolution of the casino signs. Great photo ops.
Would have like more to go check it out by myself but the guided tour was very informative and nicely presented
Great time a lot of history! We did the day tour and it was good fun night has to be beautiful! But the area around the place is shady so take a cab to and from to be safe!
Super neat but can be hot. I'm the type who likes to be in and out. The tour lasted an hour and I would've preferred a quicker walk through.
These guys are serious about what they have. Probably more interesting to Neon/Las Vegas aficionados, but still cool for anyone. Walking distance from Freemont.
A bit of a small graveyard but so cool to the the history. Tons of signs, almost all of them come from Fremont Street. They do a night tour with the signs lit up, which I would like to attend next time.
I cant recommend this place highly enough! The staff are really friendly and its very close to old Vegas on Freemont street. We did the tour at night which was great because you could see all the neon signs lit up. They explain what all the signs where and gave back ground stories on a lot of the the businesses that had these signs. Make sure you book a few months in advance or you will miss out which would be disappointing. Also make sure you book in the second tour which is held at the back of the site in a locked yard and is all very hush hush. It is AMAZING!! i wont give much away but it was brilliant.
You have to book a tour before you get here. We drove an hour out of our way to come see this, only to find out it was SOLD OUT despite the empty park.
I enjoyed it so much. It was the highlight of my trip. The tour was informative and the guide was funny, since it's a volunteer based program he didn't just go through the motions like many tour guides seem too. Plus THE SIGNS!
Good stuff. Lots of history. It's a short tour. We went during the day. Enjoyed very much.
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