If you love Las Vegas, you probably love its neon signs, too. After 15 years of planning, the much-anticipated Neon Museum has announced it will open to the public on Oct. 27, 2012.
The Neon Museum is dedicated to the “preservation and celebration of some of the city’s most distinctive architectural landmarks,” specifically, more than 150 neon signs dating back to the 1930s.
The Neon Museum will have the largest collection of neon signs in the world, all within a two-acre, outdoor lot. Retired, classic signs from iconic hotels (Flamingo, Stardust, Desert Inn), as well as restaurants and other businesses, will be on display.
The museum’s new visitor center will be in the rehabilitated, seashell-shaped La Concha Motel lobby, originally built in 1961. The La Concha lobby was rescued from demolition in 2005. Yes, we got that information from a news release. We are a Las Vegas blog, not a hotel lobby historian.
Tours of the Neon Museum’s Neon Boneyard will take place Monday through Saturday and will last about 45 minutes, starting every half hour from 10:00 a.m., with the last tour departing at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults. Mention the Pulse of Vegas blog, and your ticket will still be $18, but we’ll get some free publicity. Students with ID, seniors, veterans and Nevada residents get in for $12. Children six and younger get in free. The address for the museum is: 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, NV, 89101.
Learn more at the official Neon Museum site.
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For fans of neon, the opening of the Neon Museum is a pretty big deal! We can’t wait to check it out.