AAA Editor Notes
Neon Museum is at Las Vegas Blvd. and McWilliams Ave. Rather than an actual museum, this is a collection of more than 200 vintage signs rescued from casinos, motels, restaurants, RV parks and liquor stores. Although most of the signs are not lit and some are in disrepair, they're a favorite of amateur photogs and anyone interested in the history of old Vegas. Seven fully restored signs are lit at night, and others are highlighted by colored spotlights.
One-hour docent-guided tours of the 2-acre Neon Boneyard highlight non-refurbished signs from casinos like the Golden Nugget, Binion's and Treasure Island. Also part of the museum collection--and separate from the Neon Boneyard--is a restored group of lighted neon signs that dot Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Fremont Street.
The clam-shaped lobby of the historic La Concha Motel, which was constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard South and, in 2006, moved to its current location in downtown Vegas, houses the museum's visitor center.
Note: Backpacks, camera bags, large bags and tripods are not permitted on tours; closed-toed shoes are recommended. Photography for personal use is allowed, but videography is prohibited. Evening tours are recommended for ages 10+ since rusty metal and broken glass may be difficult to see at night.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.