The Neon Museum - Las Vegas, Nevada

The Neon Museum is a fabulous place to get an up-close look at a part of vintage Las Vegas.

Viva Las Vegas with your neon flashin' and your one arm bandits crashin' all those hopes down the drain. Viva Las Vegas turnin' day into nighttime, turnin' night into daytime. If you see it once, you'll never be the same again. ~Elvis Presley.

The Neon Museum is a fantastic way to get a taste of vintage Las Vegas.  This nonprofit works to restore and preserve old signs and you can take a lovely little tour around the location.  Don't forget your camera, you'll want to snap some pics of these fantastic relics.  The colors, the lights, the wonderful delightful deterioration...you won't want to miss out. 

The website specifically addresses the fact that you are not to use the tour as a photo shoot, you can book time for private shoots by contacting the Museum.  I have to say that we had some people on our tour that were pulling off coats and posing in front of practically every sign and it was definitely a bit distracting, so...don't be that person.  You'll also see that the site notes that you are not supposed to bring oversized bags or backpacks, although they didn't seem to check those on our tour.  No tri-pods either.

Make sure you buy your tickets for the Neon Boneyard in advance, though.  They do sell out and are closed at times for private functions.  Imagine a fantastic wedding with the backdrop of old neon signs...swoon.

Night vs. day tour?  We went during the day, which I thought was fantastic because you can clearly see all of the details on the signs and can capture some shots of the signs with the blue skies.  Only some of the signs still light up at night and others are lit up with spotlights.  So, it's really a matter of personal preference if you visit while the sun is up or down.

The Neon Museum / Boneyard:

  • ♦ The museum is located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • There is self-parking available, although we took a taxi from the strip.  Should take about 20 minutes, <$20 via taxi.  The taxi drivers know where to drop you off, the visitor's center mentioned is actually adjacent to the property you will tour.  If you need a taxi after the tour, just let them know at the visitor's center and they'll push this magic button that brings a taxi right to the door.
  • ♦ You cannot access the property without tickets and if the tour is full, you'll have to wait for one that has openings (book in advance!).
  • ♦ The tour is short, about 1 hour.  A guide will take you around the property and provide a bit of background on some of the signs.  Take pictures as you walk around because you won't be allowed to backtrack on the tour.

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