Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Neon Museum

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but across the country there's a special place in Las Vegas dedicated entirely to the history and preservation of neon signs - The Neon Museum.  The visitors center is housed in a cool building that used to be the lobby of the La Concha motel, behind which is an outdoor exhibition space called the Boneyard, with something like 150 restored neon signs from old casinos and local businesses.

Some of the signs are kept entirely intact and have been restored so they are fully functional again, but there are also lots of scattered bits and pieces of signs like letters, stars, and other shapes.

We all eventually realized it would be fun to take individual letter pics so we could spell out our kids' names.  Maybe one day I'll print and frame this:

One of my favorite parts of the exhibit was the sign from the Moulin Rouge.  It was way too big to be displayed as it was originally built, so they took some liberties and arranged part of it like this:

1 comment:

Rgutro said...

Thanks for sharing the info and pictures about that museum! I had heard about it. - You are such a good dad for spelling out Joseph's name in photos. :) - Is the Liberace Museum still open? My husband and I went through it about 6 years ago. It was interesting and entertaining. Thanks for sharing your adventures! Now we have to add the Neon museum to our must see list next visit. Rob