Save-the-Date: October 12, 2019

Acclaimed film director, producer, artist, writer and animator Tim Burton will be honored with the Neon Museum’s prestigious Glow Award.

Stay tuned. More details to follow.

The Ugly Duckling flew south…for restoration!

The team at Hartlauer Signs has removed the Ugly Duckling Car Sales sign to be restored to its “quacking” glory. We expect the Duck to be back and glowing by early spring.

Grant funds April ‘Creative Aging Workshop’

Neon Museum is the only museum in Nevada to receive a $25,000 grant (from Aroha Philanthropies) through the “Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums Initiative.” So the Museum is offering the first Creative Aging Workshop Series to an intergenerational group of seniors and teens.

Led by teaching artist Ryan Reid, participants will explore the possibilities in performance, movement, and dance, culminating in a performance event for invited guests.

Watch for updates on this event. Visit our website for details and, while you’re there, join our mailing list.

Scholar in Residence lecture: Untold History of Neon

The Neon Museum is excited and looking forward to welcoming Dr. Dydia DeLyser as its next Scholar in Residence. Dr. DeLyser is a historical-cultural geographer at California State University, Fullerton.

She will present a free lecture titled “Hidden in Bright Light: The Untold History of Neon” at 7 p.m. May 9 at our Ne10 Studio, 1001 West Bonanza Road.

Dr. DeLyser is a cultural-historical geographer with research interests in areas of landscape, social memory…and tourism to name a few.

Despite neon’s prevalence in the American landscape, the history of neon signs has remained obscured by myth. Her presentation uncovers neon’s real history to reveal its importance in the American landscape and in American communities. Las Vegas, which emerged as a neon city comparatively late, now can play a key role in illuminating neon’s future—in part by preserving its past.

To attend, register here.

May 25: Last Junior Interpreter tour until fall

Mark your calendars for the last of our popular Junior Interpreter tours for kids. It will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25. These interactive experiences are led by the Neon Museum’s youth volunteers. Admission is $5 per person with children 6 and under free. Tickets are available here.

Nevada’s Big Give is March 21

Your unrestricted gift to the Neon Museum during this special day of online giving Thursday, March 21, will further the ongoing operations of the museum, including educational programming for adults and children, sign conservation and exhibiting the iconic treasures in the Neon Boneyard.

You can donate here.

Volunteers needed

Amazing volunteers are needed! Time commitment varies to fit your schedule. We offer complete training and fun, interesting work. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Debbie Holleran at 702-476-3093 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Help us keep the Hard Rock guitar sign glowing

The restored Hard Rock Café guitar sign has a new home in the Neon Museum. Now funding is needed to establish an endowment to support the ongoing maintenance and care of the sign. Your gift to the Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign Endowment Fund will help keep this iconic treasure glowing for all the world to enjoy for generations to come.

A little history: Neon guitar signs became the symbol world-wide for the Hard Rock brand. The Las Vegas guitar sign is of great historical importance because it was the flagship – the very first Hard Rock Café guitar sign in the world. It graced the corner of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue from 1990 - 2017 and was featured in Hollywood films like "Honey I Blew up the Kid" and National Lampoon's "Vegas Vacation.”

Endow the Hard Rock Sign

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a “Challenge America” $10,000 grant to support the Neon Museum’s National Artist in Residence (NAIR) program.

Now in its fourth year, the residency calls for an artist or group of artists working in the fields of visual or performing arts to reside in Las Vegas for two months engaging both the Neon Museum and the extraordinary city in which it resides. The residency covers multiple community engagement activities, including an artist talk, exhibition of work and/or an open house and community workshops. The 2019 NAIR will be announced soon.

NV Energy Foundation

The Neon Museum is honored to receive an NVEnergy Foundation $5,000 grant to support “My Las Vegas,” a bilingual educational outreach program that includes art education through math concepts and exciting storytelling.

City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission

The City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission Centennial Legacy honored the Neon Museum with a grant of $5,000 to support its Oral History Project.

This funding is earmarked for a segment of the Oral History project designed to archive the past activities of sign industry professionals with highlights on key accomplishments, anecdotes and thoughts on the future of Las Vegas signs. Additionally, these oral histories will provide documentation for researchers, exhibits, and expand the archives for both the City of Las Vegas and the Neon Museum.