Neon Museum

One thing Las Vegas is known for is the amount of neon signs glittering on the Strip and down Fremont Street.  But what happens to those signs when they break or the business they’re on go out of business?  If they’re lucky, they end up at the Neon Museum.  Also known as the Neon Boneyard, the Neon museum is a non-profit that shows the signs that tap into the history of Las Vegas.

While the museum was established in 1996, the visitor center is housed in the former lobby of the La Concha Motel and didn’t open until 2012.  But the real show was out back.

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The Binion family played a key role in the early years of Las Vegas as a gambling town.

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The neon yucca blossom that used to sit over the Yucca Motel is made up of multiple 4 foot long tubes that were individually twisted and shaped by hand.

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For the movie buffs out there, the Tropicana Mobil Park is where Elizabeth Berkley’s character from “Showgirls” lived and the two girls that get picked up by the main characters in “Swingers’ resided.

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One of two pirate skulls that used to reign over the Treasure Island Resort.  The other didn’t survive.

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Perhaps the oldest sign in Las Vegas, this sign used to sit over a restaurant that used to serve chicken and steak and, if you knew the password, moonshine, during Prohibition.  Once alcohol was legal again, they put up this sign to let everyone know where to go for a good meal and a couple of drinks to relax.

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A name frequently associated with Las Vegas (and the man who convinced Elvis to give Las Vegas a second chance), Liberace was a mainstay in Las Vegas history.  Since the closing of his museum in 2010, his clothing collection has been stored in a house that used to be owned by Michael Jackson.

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The Stardust Casino was the real life counterpart of the Tangier Casino in the movie “Casino”, starring Robert DeNiro.

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Mom really enjoyed our visit.

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The museum is open to the public, but in order to see the signs, you have to purchase a tour.  Tours are offered both day and night.  The day tours price between $15 to $19 per person, night tours price between $22 to $26 and late night tours run from $24 to $28 per person.  It gives a good history of Las Vegas and is relatively easy to get to, sitting at the north end of Las Vegas Blvd.

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