Partially restored Moulin Rouge unveiled
The monumental Moulin Rouge letters - one of The Neon Museum’s most historically significant Neon Boneyard sign exhibits - have been rearranged and re-illuminated to accurately portray how the sign was originally displayed in 1955. These letters now join the growing number of illuminated Las Vegas neon signs on display in the Boneyard.
The Moulin Rouge was famous for being the first major racially integrated casino and later, in March of 1960, hosted a meeting that effectively ended segregation in Las Vegas. The Museum will be sharing more information in the future about the importance of that meeting and sharing interviews with local historians and neon sign experts.
The Moulin Rouge sign was designed by one of the few female sign designers of the era, Betty Willis, who spent several days researching Parisian-style fonts before drawing the entire sign by hand.
To re-lamp the 11 letters, which range in height from 14- to 18-feet tall and span from 17 to 3 feet, Hartlauer Signs used more than 832 linear feet of neon tubing in the project, while neon gas and phosphorous blue glass (which makes the color pink neon) were used to give the neon its iconic, fluorescent pink color. Weighing in at 1,200 pounds, the letter “M” was one of many letters rearranged during the project. In total, it took workers 293 labor hours to complete the process. Now, visitors to the Boneyard can see the Moulin Rouge sign illuminated just how it appeared when it last functioned.
Special thanks to the following contributors: Vince Alberta, Catapult Fundraising, Michael Cunningham, Tim Hunter, Leslie Jeffe, Marshall Retail Group, Rob McCoy, Mike PeQueen, Prism Global Management Group – Mary Beth Hartleb, Gayle Porterfield, John Restrepo, Dulcinea Rongavilla, Rebecca Staniec, Eric Strain, Uri Vaknin, Steve Weitman, Wynn Employee Foundation.
Creative Aging Program transitions to online learning
The Museum’s popular Creative Aging workshop series for seniors 55+ will transition online this October, with support from Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Vitality Arts program.
Led by Vogue Robinson, former Clark County Poet Laureate, the program will build skills in the development of personal storytelling, taking inspiration from the background stories of signs in The Neon Museum’s collection.
Las Vegas turns red
The Neon Museum joined the nationwide We Make Events Red Alert campaign on September 1 to support out-of-work entertainment professionals. That evening many entertainment and businesses turned marquees and outdoor lighting red to encourage Congress to pass the Restart Act which would deliver financial assistance to Americans employed in the entertainment industry who have lost income during the COVID shutdown which began in March. Those employed by the industry include performers, sound engineers, stagehands, carpenters and more.
Neon Museum recognized as “best”
The Neon Museum was recently honored by the "Las Vegas Weekly" as the Best Museum in its All-Time Best of Vegas Awards; the 2020 Travelers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor and a "USA Today" 10BEST readers’ choice award as best attraction. Thanks to all who voted for us!
Museum supports the community during COVID crisis
To engage local families and provide an outlet for those tired of being house-bound, the Neon Museum hosted a “Love Our Locals,” or LOV, campaign May through July offering a discounted price of only $10 to residents. It was so successful that the Museum launched “Pay As You Go” in September and October which allowed locals to pay only what they could – be it full price or nothing at all!
Beginning in October, the Museum will participate in the “Museums for All” program to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The Museum will offer admission fees ranging from free to $3.00 to individuals and families receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid form of photo ID.
Museums for All is an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency based in Washington, DC. The initiative is administered by the Association of Children’s Museums through a cooperative agreement with IMLS.
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