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I’m pleased to announce that renowned American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator Tim Burton will stage an exhibition of his original fine art at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas in 2019. Tim Burton@The Neon Museum will be staged at multiple locations: the museum’s outdoor Boneyard exhibition space, in its North Gallery and at the City of Las Vegas’ Boneyard Park across from the museum’s visitors center on Las Vegas Boulevard North.

Created to take advantage of our unique open-air spaces, the installation will be integrated with the museum’s collection. Burton intends for the exhibition to serve as a retrospective of his own creative history, as well as a celebration of his affection for the Neon Museum. Conceived as a collaboration with the museum, it will be genuinely site-specific and unlike any other exhibition Burton has ever staged.

To say we’re flattered that he chose our museum for this exhibition would be an understatement but when you think about it, Tim is one of the few artists who can match the great imagination of Las Vegas. I had the privilege of hosting Mr. Burton at the Museum this fall and hearing his appreciation for what we are doing as a museum was heartening.

Credited with bringing the first worldwide attention to our collection in his film “Mars Attacks,” Burton’s exhibitions have drawn millions of patrons around the world in cities such as Prague and Mexico City. His show at MoMA in New York City drew 800,000 visitors, making it the third most popular art exhibition.

TimBurton@The Neon Museum will comprise a combination of new work as well as previously shown pieces and will be on view from October 15, 2019, through February 15, 2020, so mark your calendars and make it a New Year’s resolution. I hope you will join us for this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign will ‘rock’ again soon

Our crowdfunding campaign to restore the iconic Hard Rock Café guitar sign has been a huge success. But, we still have a way to go.

To date, the campaign has raised slightly more than $210,000 toward our $350,000 goal. Your donation of any amount will help us get there. Donors of $250 or more will have their name commemorated on the base of the sign and donors of $500 or more will receive an invitation for two attendees to the light-up party when we unveil the restored sign in the Neon Boneyard. Don’t wait to contribute! The opportunity to have your name on the base or to attend the light-up party ends on December 31, 2018.

Some cool campaign stats:

At the latest count, 940 donors from 13 countries around the world have donated to help restore the guitar sign. The countries include Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

Donors from 40 states and the District of Columbia have chipped in too. They include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Sixty-eight percent of all donors qualify to have their name commemorated on the base of the restored sign. Twenty-nine percent of all donors qualify to receive an invitation for two to the light-up party!

It’s not too late to donate. Please help us reach our goal by making your gift today!

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More Signs Added in '18; Exhibit Space Revamped

What a year of we had in 2018 and a glowing affirmation of the Museum’s ongoing contribution to Las Vegas history and preservation. So much so that we had to revamp our exhibit space in the Neon Boneyard.

Fifteen Las Vegas properties donated signs in 2018 with 14 donors adding items to our sign related ephemera collection, research library and art collection. Among the sign donations are the Peppermill, Holiday Motel and Harrah’s.

In the quest to install more restored signs in the Boneyard and to make room for the pending Hard Rock Cafe sign, more than 85 sign pieces had to be moved, some multiple times, to make way for our exciting revamping of the exhibition space. Currently, five signs that were in storage are lit in the Boneyard, with another coming in January.

The five signs to be added to the Boneyard include the Anderson Dairy milkman (known as Andy), the Nevada Motel, Chief Hotel Court, the Red Barn and Dot’s Flowers. The Flame is the pending installation planned for early next year.

Signs are not easy to move and require large equipment to relocate them. For example, the Pat Clark sign weighs almost 3,000 pounds - a ton and a half! It might not seem that big when up in the air, but most of our signs are similar in size and weight.

Calling artists to vie for 2019 National Artist Residency

2018 National Artist in Residence Karl Orozco oversees program participant’s printmaking activity.

The call is out nationwide for artists to submit proposals for the Fourth Annual Neon Museum’s National Artist Residency. Artists working in the fields of visual, performing or digital arts are invited to apply to reside in Las Vegas for eight weeks during the summer, engaging with the Neon Museum collection and the local community.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more details, visit our website.

Family fun: Junior Interpreter Tour ’19 schedule set

The Neon Museum's Junior Interpreter Tour schedule is set for 2019. The tours are offered once a month at 10 a.m. on Saturdays during Las Vegas’ more moderate weather.

These interactive, family-fun experiences are designed for adults visiting with young children, and are led by the Neon Museum's youth volunteers. Tickets are $5 per person; children age 6 and younger are free.

The schedule: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, April 20 and May 25.

Stars & Stardust: Sidewalk Astronomy in the Neon Boneyard

Our most popular free program returns January 12, 2019 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Check our website soon for more information.

Debbie Holleran to lead volunteer program

Longtime Las Vegan Debbie Holleran has joined our Neon Museum team as manager of volunteer programs. 

Debbie brings a wealth of experience in volunteer management and adds a “fabulous dash of sparkle and enthusiasm to our team,” said Rob McCoy, President & CEO.

Interested in learning more about our expanding volunteer program opportunities? Please contact Debbie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your unrestricted donation will help us ‘Grow the Glow’

Important year-end donation deadlines
If you wish to receive a same-year tax receipt, please follow these guidelines:

Gifts by check
Your check must be mailed (and postmarked) no later than December 31. Please make checks payable the Neon Museum, specifying the name of the fund in the memo field. Mail to:

The Neon Museum
770 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Gifts by credit card (via our website)
Online gifts must be made before midnight (PST) December 31.

Gifts of securities
When making gifts of publicly held securities, we recommend having your broker file all forms by December 20 in order to ensure the final ownership of the securities is transferred to the Neon Museum by December 31.

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