It’s hard to believe but our museum will celebrate its fifth birthday next month. To help mark the occasion we will offer free admission on October 28 from 1 to 7 p.m. Come help us celebrate the crown jewel of Las Vegas!
A new tour schedule begins this month and with it another significant boost in offerings as the popularity of our museum and its collection continue to grow. Beginning September 18 we will offer 27 tours a day during weekdays and 33 tours a day on weekends. We are also pleased to offer the continuation of late night tours. These tours, which began in July, start at 10:20 p.m. with the last tours finishing past midnight. They are routinely sold out so it’s best to plan ahead when making reservations.
And when you visit you will notice the Boneyard is a little brighter. Thanks to several generous donations, four additional signs have been refurbished, relit and placed back into our collection. These include the Happy Shirt from Steiner Cleaners and the incredible twisted neon Yucca blossom atop the Yucca Motel sign. Those two signs join the Margarita glass known as Margarita Babies and the spectacular script Fitzgerald’s sign from downtown Las Vegas.
Finally, we are fast approaching the premiere of our new immersive experience in our North Gallery. This experience will combine art, history and technology in a 25-minute production set to sound and music. It’s our biggest addition since we opened as a museum five years ago and we can’t wait to share it with you. You will be reading and hearing a lot about this innovative project in the days and weeks ahead.
Show closes but sign props live on
The Neon Museum recently received a donation of reproductions of classic Las Vegas signs from the Wynn Las Vegas production “Showstoppers,” which closed last year after a nearly two-year run.
A little background: ShowStoppers opened Dec. 20, 2014, at the Encore Theater. The production consisted of 35 singers and dancers, backed by a 31-piece orchestra. The 90-minute show included musical numbers from celebrated American composers and lyricists - Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, among others. The show closed on Sept. 30, 2016.
The production featured spectacular scenery, which included our recent donation. The Wynn donated neon reproductions of classic Las Vegas signs. The replicas of Vegas Vic and the Pioneer Club, Vegas Vickie and Glitter Gulch, Golden Nugget, Binion's Horseshoe, and the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign are being housed for now at the Museum offices.
Please pardon our progressive dust
Pardon our dust!
The upcoming months are an exciting time as we expand our collection of restored signs by four pieces. The project includes building mason walls to surround the lot facing Las Vegas Boulevard, and installing power in the North Gallery for the first time.
These important infrastructure improvements grow our capacity so we can serve our increasing attendance.
Watch for the opening of this exciting expansion to our glow.
It’s back! ‘My Las Vegas’ storytelling
Everyone loves a good story and great storytellers. We are pleased to announce the return of bilingual master storytellers Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis (of StoryConnection) this September.
Last year Liz and Bob collaborated with the Neon Museum’s Education staff to create a one-of-a-kind experience for three local Title 1 elementary schools, where they shared traditional tales of the Southwest while teaching about designer Raul Rodriguez, who created the Flamingo sign now in the Museum’s collection.
This fall, during Hispanic Heritage Month, Liz and Bob be visiting three new schools in Clark County: Hewetson, CP Squires and Lunt Elementary Schools. The Neon Museum’s elementary level math/geometry lesson plan also is incorporated into the program. In addition, students and teachers from these schools also have been invited to tour the Neon Boneyard in the spring.
This is a great collaboration as we contribute to educating today’s students about our glowing past.
Join us on a nostalgic journey through downtown Las Vegas and the northern end of the Strip October 7 and 28, as we highlight classic vintage signs as well as newer neon. The bus guided tours include nine restored historic signs from the Neon Museum collection along the route.
The tours, which run from 8 to10 p.m., conclude with a special walk through the Neon Boneyard focused on the Museum’s restoration and conservation efforts.
Tickets are $50, click here to purchase. Neon Museum members get 50 percent off (limit two tickets).
We’re the place to ‘get hitched’
Remember the excitement, anticipation, (and maybe even a little anxiety,) of your wedding day? Or do you look back and only see one big blur?
The Neon Museum welcomes more than 120 couples every year to celebrate their love and commitment inside the Boneyard, many of whom are vow renewals!
Whether you just want to commemorate your anniversary with your significant other, or you want to bring all your friends and family along for the ride, let the art and history of Las Vegas serve as the backdrop for years more memories to come.
Save The Date
Saturday, February 10, 2018
The Neon Museum is pleased to honor the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority with the Glow Award on this special evening.
Formal invitation to follow.
Five-Year Anniversary celebration announcement
We’re turning five and we want you to join us for our celebration! We’re offering open access tours of the Boneyard on Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 7 p.m. We’ll also have face painting for the kids and, from 1 to 4 p.m., a “Family Fiesta” complete with pinatas. Reservations are not required.
We love our Neon Museum members…!
…And there’s always room for more. Click here to find the membership plan that best suits your lifestyle and join today!
AmazonSmile makes us smile too
Bookmark this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/88-0383932 and when you shop online at Amazon 0.5% of the price of your purchases will be donated to the Neon Museum!
What makes us great? Our donors!
We couldn’t put the glow in anything without the support of our friends and sign lovers from around the globe.
Please click here to see a list of Neon Museum donors
Your financial support keeps history glowing
When you make a donation in support of the Neon Museum, you help keep history glowing for all the world to see. Your financial support helps further the ongoing operations of the Museum, including educational programing for adults and children, sign conservation and exhibiting the iconic treasures in the Neon Boneyard.
Your unrestricted gift to the Neon Museum’s “Celebrating Spectacular” annual fund celebrates the art form that put the “fabulous” in “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” and the dazzle in the lights of the Strip.
Click here to make your gift to the “Celebrating Spectacular” Annual Fund.
Sign Conservation Fund
Your gift to the Neon Museum’s Sign Conservation Fund will help maintain the Neon Boneyard collection for a world of future generations.
Click here to make to make your gift to the Sign Conservation Fund.
We hope you’ll help us keep history glowing. Please donate today and thank you for your support!