By Katherine M.
Las Vegas is known for its bright lights like the famous neon signs. So what do they do with all the old signs? Where do they end up? Some are donated to the Las Vegas Neon Museum.
The Neon Museum has old casino signs such as the Sahara and Stardust Casinos and other businesses displayed outdoors on over six acres.
It was founded in 1996, and is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historical, arts and cultural enrichment.
It 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 signs and is available for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs.
Since the Neon Boneyard is an outdoor collection all scheduled tours are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather such as high winds over 25 mph or lightning.
Experience the museum at night. View six restored signs and lit un-restored when you book a night tour. Ticket prices for night tours are $25 for general admission; senior 65+, students, active military, veterans and Nevada residents are $22. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as tours often sell-out. The museum is closed on New Year’s Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Tours are available seven days a week and tour times vary based on the season. Parking for museum guest is free and located adjacent to the museum off of McWilliams Avenue. The Neon Museum is located at 770 North Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada.
So the next time you want to see the “dead” neon signs take a trip to the Las Vegas Neon Museum.