For years, the Neon Museum has been one of Vegas’s best-kept secrets. To visit this museum, you had to put in an advance reservation, then show up at what looked like some non-descript office building to meet your tour guide, who would proceed to escort your small group of visitors across the street to a dusty three-acre site known as “The Boneyard”. Walking through the yard, you get to see approximately 150 of Vegas’s old neon signs, all in various states of disrepair. Many are iconic, such as the signs for Caesars Palace, Binions Horseshoe, the Golden Nugget, and the Stardust, and it is a treat to see them up close.
Currently, the Museum is “closed” as a new visitors center is being built in the historic La Concha Motel lobby, which has been reassembled on the boneyard site. Once this renovation is complete, word is that the process of visiting the Neon Museum will be a bit less mysterious.
In the meantime, neon enthusiasts can still see the museum’s Fremont Street Gallery, a collection of 10 refurbished signs that are available for viewing at any time – they are all in public places downtown. Visit the Neon Museum website for exact location details.
The Neon Museum Information
- Subscription/Memberships: Neon Museum membership begins at $35. Member benefits include a 10% discount on each visit to the museum and invitations to special events.