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 But what happens to the totally rad signs from the Strip once they get worn down or outdated?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.
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