Vegas's Neon Boneyard
I spent this past weekend in Vegas and now feel like a bit of a Sin City convert. Having mostly visited as a child, Vegas was never really my thing - the memories that stuck were of a sad, dark and lonely playground for adults. Not to say that it isn’t still all of those things, but I finally discovered that it’s also so much more!
While the Vegas Strip has plenty to indulge in, I made sure to do things outside of the city and the Strip itself. Aside from hiking in beautiful Red Rock Canyon, I got a hot tip to book a tour at The Neon Museum - a very cool non-profit that is “dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment.” Founded in 1996 when they discovered old neon masterpieces in the city dump, it wasn’t until 2012 that they were able to open the museum. With help and support from the community and city, it’s great to see how far they’ve come.
Housed in what used to be the old La Concha Motel lobby, the Neon Museum offers hour long day or night guided tours of its amazing Neon Boneyard - a collection of iconic, beautiful and large signs that graced Vegas and the Strip from the 1930s on. Want to see the sign from the laundromat frequented by Liberace? Or maybe the original Sahara and Stardust signs? They’ve got those and so many more, along with some great history and fun facts.
If you find yourself in Vegas and want to get away from the craziness of the Strip, book a tour and stop by the Neon Museum for a beautiful trip down Neon Lane.