On a very crisp Saturday morning, our #runawaytovegas blogger crew cabbed it over from The Plaza to the Neon Museum. If you’re not familiar, the Neon Museum exhibits some of the most famous Las Vegas signs in history!
It’s not my first time in the Neon Boneyard, and still I learned some new facts about the pieces showcased there. When I was there back in 2010, the visitors center was located across the street. Now it’s housed within the La Concha structure, right next to the Neon Boneyard.
Our docent tour guide did a terrific job detailing the history of the signs along the tour as well as pointing out some details on the signs. I’m sure you’ve seen many Vegas movies starring Elvis Presley, the Brat Pack, Robert DeNiro, and the Ocean’s Eleven gang. You’ll spot signs that were used many movies and tv shows. I know that I’ve seen a few back from when I was a kid.
The tour is about an hour long. It’s not a strenuous walking tour at all since there’s so much to take in. They’ve since put benches here and there along the way, so if you’re tired, you can sit while the rest of the group catch up to you. Since there can be broken glass from the light bulbs and signs, you should wear closed-toe shoes – and don’t touch anything. It IS a museum, you know.
I asked our guide if they ever rotate their signs. Sometimes they do. If there are two of the same signs, they’ll only keep one. Most of these are permanent displays in the Neon Boneyard.
If you’re visiting Las Vegas, I recommend you schedule a tour and take a break from all the buffet-gorging. You can’t stay inside a cigarette smoke-filled casino for your entire stay, can you? Get some fresh air! Absorb some Vegas culture!
- Day tour tickets: $18 general; $12 seniors, students, military, NV residents
- Night tour tickets: $25 general; $22 seniors, students, military, NV residents
- Before you complain, just know the Neon Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)3. All proceeds go back to the maintaining everything you see. Plus $18 is like 6 cups of fancy coffee, NBD.
- Follow Neon Museum on Twitter @neonmuseum and LIKE them on Facebook: /NeonMuseum.
Special thanks to the team at Neon Museum for our complimentary tour tickets. I hope to come back again for a night tour!
Disclosure: Tour hosted by the Neon Museum. The above is my honest opinion and MY pictures. Don’t steal.