The Neon Museum, home to a collection of more than 150 neon signs dating from the 1930s, is the largest collection of neon signage in the world and a unique record of Las Vegas' colorful history. Inside a two-acre outdoor museum space known as the Neon Boneyard, iconic signs from the cityís most celebrated properties - including the Moulin Rouge, the Desert Inn, the Flamingo and the Stardust - are displayed alongside those from various other bygone restaurants, hotels and businesses.
The museum's new visitorsí center is located on-site in the recently rehabilitated La Concha Motel lobby, the seashell-shaped, Mid-Century Modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by architect Paul Revere Williams. Originally constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard South, next to the Riviera Hotelís current location, the La Concha lobby was saved from demolition in 2005 and moved to its current location in downtown Las Vegas in 2006.
According to Bill Marion, chair, Neon Museumís Board of Trustees, the museumís official opening will bring both a significant cultural and economic impact to the community. ďThere is renewed interest in 'old' Las Vegas and in the rediscovery of the historical downtown area. The Neon Museum will play a major role in this renaissance by bringing new visitors to downtown Las Vegas, by creating additional opportunities for tourism growth and by adding to the ongoing economic revitalization of the area,Ē says Marion.
The Neon Museum is now open for tours seven days a week.
Guided, hour-long tours of the Neon Museum's Neon Boneyard are available every half hour starting at 10 a.m. Tour times may vary daily, so visitors are encouraged to check tour times and book their tour in advance at www.NeonMuseum.org . Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before their tour is scheduled to begin. Space is limited.
Tickets are $18 for adults 12 and older, $12 for students, Nevada residents, veterans and seniors age 55 and over. Students and Nevada residents must show valid I.D. to receive their discount.