Your Support Makes A Difference
The Neon Museum is pleased to expand its programming for fiscal year 2024, offering new experiences at new venues in its second Duck Duck Shed, and new programs to reach new audiences with innovative outreach and community programming. Your support makes a difference in development of meaningful and memorarable learning experiences.
August - September - October - November - December 2023
August 19, 2023: Investigating Electricity
Are you ready to spark some fun with your family? Join us for an electrifying event where you’ll discover the wonders of electricity. You’ll make simple circuits, create static, write poems with Poetry Promise, and see how lightning works with a special activity by the National Weather Service.
September 16, 2023: Creating with Color
Do you love colors? Want to learn how they work and how to use them? Then join us for a colorful event where you’ll explore the science and art of color. You’ll learn how to mix colors, create optical illusions, and make your own rainbow. Don’t miss this chance to brighten up your day with creativity!
October 21, 2023: Let's Make Music
Build your own instruments, find out how sound travels, and see how music relates to our museum collection. Don’t let this opportunity to have a blast with music and learning pass you by!
November 18, 2023: Motion Commotion
Let your child explore the dynamic intersection of sports, force/motion, and art in an engaging and interactive learning experience.
December 16, 2023: Glow on!
So, why do neon signs glow? We'll give you the answer at this STEAM Saturday all about glowing! Learn why things glow through bioluminescence, fluorescence, and more. Create your own art that glows under blacklight and special glow-in-the dark slime.
Middle School Educational Outreach
Museum in a Box
To provide new pathways for students to engage with STEAM education and increase access to The Neon Museum’s educational content and collection, The Neon Museum is developing its Museum in a Box (MIAB) outreach program, specifically for middle school students. MIAB deals with subjects ranging from museum studies to Black History in Las Vegas to Architecture and Design that fulfill Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS). Each box contains hands-on activities and educational objects for students to engage in, while educators have associated lesson plans and learning objectives. The expected reach of MIAB in its inaugural year is 4,000 students, and specifically includes Title I and rural schools in Clark County School District. Boxes are delivered and picked up from schools for free through funding from the program’s sponsors, Clark County and MGM Resorts International.
Free Exhibition - SEP 5 - OCT 26, Grand Gallery Las Vegas City Hall
Legendary actress, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds had a career that spanned over 70 years and earned her Emmy, Tony, Golden Globes, and Academy Awards nominations and awards. ‘Debbie Reynolds in Las Vegas,’ explores this talented trailblazer’s impact in Las Vegas from her years performing at the Riviera, Desert Inn, and South Point to owning the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel. The exhibition includes Reynolds’ exquisite gowns, stage costumes, letters, photos, memorabilia from iconic performances, and her personal memories.
Duck Duck Shed
Celebrating Las Vegas Architecture, Design + Culture
OCT 4-7, 2023
Duck Duck Shed, referencing the seminal architectural text, “Learning From Las Vegas,” is a celebration of Las Vegas architecture, design, and culture.
New Tours Premiering During Duck Duck Shed
Free For Members!
By Architects For Architects (and enthusiasts!)
Led by Jaclyn Roth of Assemblage Studios, this walking tour will guide visitors through the Neon Boneyard, providing architecturally specific insights into the properties of yesterday and today and the architects and designers who created them. Rooted in the seminal book, Learning From Las Vegas, the tour will provide a different perspective on The Neon Museum’s collection.
Viva Las Vegas Movies
The Neon Boneyard serving as our backdrop, this tour will explore the properties featured in iconic films, from the all-time greats and cult classics to lesser-known independent films in which Las Vegas has played a role. We’ll ask: Is Las Vegas a character unto itself in a movie? Join us as The Neon Museum’s collection allows us to rekindle your relationship with films you know and love, the movie you’re embarrassed to admit you love and discover a few hidden gems you’ll want to review for your collection.
Palms - Reilluminated
Creative Aging Workshop
To connect with the local community, create a safe space to share stories, and promote well-being in the older adult population, The Neon Museum is partnering with published author and literary educator, Joylynn M. Ross to facilitate a writing workshop. Participants will be able to use the signs in the Neon Museum collection as inspiration to write their personal autobiography coached by Joylynn while they make lifelong friends with other would-be authors. The program launches this Fall and will be offered at a nominal fee over the course of seven weeks, including a culminating event for family and friends of participants to celebrate their successes.
Details and registration coming soon.