The Neon Museum
Check out some Vegas History in a very cool way with a trip through the old signs that used to dot the city’s skyline
Las Vegas is a town that has been a tourist destination for decades. People came from all over the world to witness in real life the sights and sounds of Sin City, including the beauty of the neon signs that hung high above casinos and resorts. Of course, times change, and properties change names or need a refresh. Did you know that these neon signs have found themselves a home after all these years and you are able to check them out? The Neon Museum is a great way to get a glimpse into Vegas days of old.
About The Neon Museum
The Neon Museum was founded back in 1996 as a joint venture between the city and
Three reasons you should visit The Neon Museum and the Allied Arts Council of Nevada. The idea come about after the Sands Resort was demolished in 1995. At that time, there was no room for the Young Electric Company, which had many of the old signs from other casinos in its “boneyard”, to store the massive iconic sign, so it was sent to be destroyed. Since then, it was realized that the company had some of the most important pieces of Las Vegas history in its possession, and the idea of the museum was born.
Incredibly, the Neon Museum was a private, appointment-only facility for the better part of 20 years. It wasn’t until 2012 when the general public could purchase tickets online and make their way through the property. There is a museum portion, which has been housed in the old City Hall building since 2016. The original site had been outgrown with the tens of thousands of annual visitors. There is also a tour of the Boneyard itself, where signs have been preserved and in some cases restored so you can wander your way through and feel like you are transported to a much earlier period in the city’s history.
Three Reasons You Should Visit the Neon Museum
It is a great way to get to know about Las Vegas from some very knowledagble locals
The Neon Museum is run primarily by locals, and those who have been living in the city their whole lives have a very different view of Las Vegas than those who have moved from other cities and towns. The guided tours are full of information not only about the signs themselves, but also about the history of each of the hotels. Take advantage of your time with the tour guides ot ask as many questions as you can, even if you aren’t a history buff. This city has a history like no other, and you will want to hear what these folks have to say.
It is a great way to take time away from the casinos
While we know that many of you will be taking in the nightlife in Las Vegas, especially the casinos, the Neon Museum provides the perfect distraction for a few hours that will have you refreshed and ready for your next cocktail. It isn’t too far away from either Downtown or the Strip, so you can get here easily enough. And hey – who doesn’t like a little bit of culture, even if it has a Las Vegas theme to it?
It is a fantastic place for photos
The Neon Boneyard has dozens of old signs, many of which have been restored in some form. This means that you are able to get some pretty cool pictures as you take your tour around the yard. Also, remember that this exhibit is open in the evenings, which means that you can actually see some of the signs lit up like they were still on the sides of hotels! There is a musical show that accompanies the nighttime tour, so make sure you book well in advance so you can secure your tickets.
One thing to remember about the Neon Museum
While the Neon Museum is rapidly becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, it is important to remember one thing about the boneyard – it is outside. This means that it can be extremely sunny and hot while you are on your tour, which is something many visitors do not take into consideration when they come to the site. Come protected and bring some water because even though the boneyard tour is only 30 mins, that can be enough to make the rest of your day or trip miserable.
Neon Museum FAQ
Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
While you may want to roll the dice and show up at the museum, you are far better off buying your tickets in advance. The night tours tend to sell out very quickly and can bee booked up to one month in advance.
How much does it cost?
Tours range between $20 and $25 depending on what tour you book.
How do I get to the Neon Museum?
The Neon Museum is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Bonanza, and can be reached by taxi, rideshare, or even the public bus with ease.