CEO Message

We’re open! You have no idea how good it feels to be able to say that. Forced to close on March 17, we spent the better part of two months planning and envisioning what the future may look like for The Neon Museum as well as for the city of Las Vegas. We know that our museum will be different than anything we have experienced before. Most importantly, we have been working diligently to put into place Covid-19 protocols so that we ensure a safe experience for our visitors as well as our Neon Museum team members. In these somewhat uncertain times, we have one main advantage - we are an outdoor museum where social distancing is easy.

We are also taking this opportunity to reach out with our LOVE OUR VEGAS campaign, designed to appeal to everyone but with a special emphasis on Las Vegas residents, who like folks from around the world, have been homebound for too long and need a fun, enjoyable and safe place to escape.

So… we are here. We are open. Our lights are on. The Crown Jewel of Las Vegas is waiting for you.

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Rob McCoy
President & CEO

Covid-19 and the safety of our visitors

The Museum is scheduled to reopen on Friday, May 22. The health and well being of our guests and employees is priority one. To that end, we have implemented the following safety measures:

  • No-touch digital forehead thermometers will be used to screen guests and employees
  • The number of people admitted to the Museum will be limited to account for social distancing
  • New protective equipment will be installed at the Museum’s front desk
  • All staff will be provided with face masks and gloves
  • Guests are strongly encouraged to wear protective masks
  • All frequently touched surfaces will be wiped down at least once an hour

We look forward to seeing you again!

Scholar in Residence Lecture - Online Video Premiere Coming Soon

After Howard, Before the Mirage: The Early Corporate Era of Nevada Casinos and the Shifting Visual Landscape of Las Vegas

Las Vegas history is often divided into the “classic” or “Rat Pack” era and the “corporate” or “megaresort era.” But the two decades between 1967 and 1988 don’t fit neatly into either period and deserve further consideration in their own right. While some aspects of the “new” Vegas were present, like a focus on larger hotels, many elements of the older Las Vegas remained. Defined more by expansions to existing properties than new resorts, this period saw a shift in the visual language of signage and uses of new technologies and strategies to identify establishments. By studying the early corporate era, we can gain insights into how the designs of casinos evolved in Las Vegas and better appreciate the distinctness of the eras that came before and after it.

The date and time for this lecture will be announced soon. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels!

Volunteer Spotlight

It's been my honor, privilege and pleasure to serve as a volunteer since January of 2013. I took my first tour a few weeks before that. It had barely ended when I asked the man at the front desk about volunteer opportunities. I said I'd stock shelves or sack trash, or do whatever else was needed. I loved guiding tours!

I was immediately drawn into the stories of Las Vegas' fascinating history and captivated by the colors and design of the signs. I knew from the opening minutes that I wanted to be involved in the museum's efforts to preserve these important elements of our city's visual culture and history and share the collection with others. Las Vegas truly is everyone's city. Those who come here also become part of that history and culture and it's been incredible to see and sometimes help them realize that they are connected.

I grew up in Northeastern Montana and have lived in Las Vegas since 2011. I love this city for so many reasons. Our history is rich and it is still accessible since we're a young town. We welcome everyone from everywhere. We truly do have everything here, and the museum has always been at the forefront of our burgeoning arts scene.

My favorite sign probably varies from week to week, but "Free Aspirin and Tender Sympathy" holds special meaning for the community. It does not display the city's name, but it definitely says "Las Vegas", tapping into a shared experience (overindulgence) among our visitors as well as serving as a landmark for locals, even inspiring the title of an early 1990s CD compilation of songs by not a few local punk rock bands.

Quite possibly, I'm the only tour guide who has not had a celebrity in one of my groups, but there have been many memorable experiences. Overall, seeing our visitors' expressions changing -- their eyes lighting up with emotion or nostalgia was always rewarding. The standout visitors were the ones who enthusiastically connected with the signs, the ones who teared up at the Stardust sign always touched me.

Thank you, donors!

It's with deep gratitude that we say thank you to recent donors, renewed and new members during the museum's closure. Your support during this time ensures the museum's future.

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