The Neon Museum, Las Vegas
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Las Vegas is the world capital of neon art, and The Neon Museum is there to preserve and display some of it. The museum refurbishes old and discarded neon signs and tells the history of the city through them. Some of the restored signs are displayed in various locations in downtown Las Vegas, but most are located in the museum’s outdoor exhibition area, known as the Boneyard. Here you can take a tour of iconic signs, such as the signs for Caesar's Palace and Stardust casinos. All the tours are guided and should be booked in advance. Bad weather could cause tours to be canceled. Be careful of rusty metal and broken glass in the Boneyard area. Our Las Vegas vacation trip planner makes visiting The Neon Museum and other Las Vegas attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Everything in Vegas is about the new. The new hotel, the new restaurant, the new attraction. Except for here. Since Vegas is all about the flash and lights, it makes sense that preserving Vegas's hist... read more »
Our tour guide, Manny, was clearly knowledgeable on the topic and quite passionate about it. Really enjoyed it. We wished we had gone there first as you learn things that you could then go check out. ... read more »
Although it was a very hot afternoon and umbrellas were provided this tour was worth it. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Our only negative comment is the signs aren't displayed/presented ... read more »
A great 1 hour history lesson along with cool sign art to look at. A fun place to take photos. Our guide was terrific and really loves this stuff. He explained all of his favorite signs and significant feature that wouldn't otherwise be noticed. They are strict here about protecting history, so stay with the group and off the rocks!
HOLY COW! As a local, this is probably one of the best short tours I've done in Vegas. At one hour its not quite a full evening, but it's a fun way to get some good history on the town. Picture taking is allowed, though difficult to get a great angle at times. Also, there is NO free roaming of the boneyard. There is also NO TOUCHING. Many of the signs are old and rusted and some of them have broken glass. Be wary of bringing little kids (who would probably be kind of bored, anyway.)
This is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas. It is a fun and very informative tour. The history of Las Vegas is told through the old neon signs. Our tour guide was Nicole. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what she was showing us. I would strongly suggest this tour if you want to get away from the normal casino scene.
Vegas history at it's finest. It's probably the quickest way to learn the history of the Strip and walk through the great casinos gone by. Make reservations online ahead of time as tours can fill up quick. The gift shop has some very fun items based on the artwork and architecture of the signs- it's a great place to buy a quality souvenir.
The first time I was passing through Las Vegas, I was bummed to find out all the tours for the next few days at the Neon Graveyard were booked up. I was definitely looking forward to checking out the museum, but blame myself for not anticipating how popular it would be during the winter holiday. A few months later when I was back in town, I made sure to reserve a tour well in advance. I chose to visit the museum right as the sun was setting, which I highly recommend. During sunset, they turn all the lights on in the vintage signs. Such a unique place! Be sure to check it out if you'll be around Vegas.
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