Brighten Up with a Virtual Visit to the Neon Museum

Monday March 30, 2020

Founded in 1996, Las Vegas's Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs. While The Neon Museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 safety measures, it offers several ways to #NeonMuseumFromHome and stay engaged.

The museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard ("boneyard" is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, home to the nighttime augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, "Brilliant!"; the Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors' center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum's ongoing projects.

The Neon Museum's free web-based app enables users to learn about select signs housed in the Boneyard outdoor exhibition space. Anyone with a computer or smartphone data plan can access the app via the website at www.neonmusuem.app and use the password NEON to access it.

Comprising photos, text and audio narration, the museum's app spotlights 25 of the collection's most popular artifacts and pieces from "Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum."


Beginning with the La Concha visitor's center itself, a classic example of the roadside Googie architecture designed by pioneering African American architect Paul Revere Williams, the app also includes fun facts, history and anecdotes about the following signs: Hard Rock Café guitar, Golden Nugget, Moulin Rouge, Fitzgerald's, Sassy Sally's, Yucca Motel, Nevada Motel, Chief Hotel Court, Steiner Cleaners, Doc & Eddy's, the Red Barn, Anderson Dairy, Green Shack, Treasure Island, Wedding Information, Aladdin, Jerry's Nugget, Stardust, Riviera, Frontier, La Concha sign and Ugly Duckling.

Users interested in learning more about the signs may access The Neon Museum blog, which includes posts dedicated to a variety of topics, including "Lost Signs of Las Vegas," "How Many Signs Light Up?" and "Days of Luxor Past: The Neon Museum's Most Enigmatic Sign."

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